Special Events

EABC 2016 Federal Budget Dinner

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the European Australian Business Council (EABC) hosted its annual Federal Budget Dinner at Parliament House, Canberra. The dinner was held in the Private Dining Rooms of the Mural Hall, at the centre of Parliament House, with special guests including Government Ministers and European Ambassadors.

The Council co-hosted the annual event with Major Partner National Australia Bank.

As one of the most anticipated events on the economic and public-policy calendar, the 2016 Budget Speech was delivered by Federal Treasurer the Hon Scott Morrison MP. After the Budget Speech, a panel of experts discussed the political and economic dimensions of the budget package. Panellists included former Minister for Trade and Leader of the Opposition the Hon Simon Crean, former Federal Treasurer the Hon John Dawkins AO, Cabinet Secretary Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, and former Cabinet Minister the Hon Amanda Vanstone, moderated by former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Max Moore-Wilton AC.

The Council was delighted to welcome many special guests including Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training; the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs; the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade and Investment.

The Opposition was represented by senior frontbencher the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; the Hon Josh Frydenberg, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia; Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment and the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Special Envoy for Trade.

The European diplomatic corps was also well represented with EU Ambassador HE Sem Fabrizi, French Ambassador HE Christophe Lecourtier, German Ambassador HE Christoph Müller, Finnish Ambassador HE Pasi Patokallio, Dutch Ambassador HE Annemieke Ruigrok and Italian Ambassador HE Pier Francesco Zazo.


photoPresented by Alastair Walton, President & Chairman of the Board, EABC
23 May 2012
Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU
Press Release: 2012 ANU Schuman Lecture
Transcript: 2012 ANU Schuman Lecture – ‘New Alliances: Australia and
Europe in a G20 World
, by Alastair Walton
Video: 2012 ANU Schuman Lecture – ‘New Alliances: Australia and Europe in a G20 World.’


dsc041017 February 2012
Louis Vuitton Maison, Sydney
On Tuesday 7 February EABC’s 2012 Programme was launched by EABC Chairman Alastair Walton at a special reception hosted by Louis Vuitton Oceania CEO Philip Corne at Louis Vuitton Maison Sydney. Philip Corne welcomed all guests to the Maison, which represents a major investment by the LVMH Group, the global leader in luxury products with over €23 billion in global sales, and a staff of 80,000 people worldwide. The Sydney store is one of only fourteen Maisons in global cities such as Paris, New York, London and Milan.

Special guests included the NSW Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon Greg Pearce MLC who praised the EABC for the important role it performs in promoting Australia as a destination for European investment and congratulated and thanked Louis Vuitton on the opening of its magnificent new store in Sydney.

dsc04128EABC members and guests who participated in the launch included Deputy Chairman Stephen Loosley, Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd, Austrade CEO Peter Grey, PwC Chairman Bruce Morgan, GPT Group CEO Michael Cameron, NAB Finance Director Mark Joiner, Macquarie Group Chairman Kevin McCann, ANZ NSW & ACT Chairman Warwick Smith, Servcorp Director Taine Moufarrige, Visa CEO Vipin Kalra, Lynas President Eric Noyrez and Sydney Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patricia Forsythe.

The Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union Andrea Nicolej and NSW Deputy State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade represented the European Commission and the Australian Government at the launch.

dsc04130Chairman Alastair Walton noted that 2012 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the launch of the EABC Corporate Programme by the then European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, who was EABC’s guest in Sydney twelve months ago in his current role as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

The previous twelve months represented a high-point in the development of the organisation with EABC having participated in the Prime Ministerial visit to Brussels and in hosting the European Commission President in Australia. In the year ahead the EABC programme will continue to improve and expand, with programme launches in Brisbane and Perth, the 6th annualAustralian Business Mission travelling to Frankfurt, Brussels and the Hague in early June, as well as the announcement of a new Australian-European Leadership Dialogue to be held in Europe and Australia.

At the conclusion of formalities Deputy Chairman Stephen Loosley thanked all members and partners for their support and in particular Philip Corne and the team at Louis Vuitton for their generous hospitality.

dsc04156Above: Louis Vuitton Oceania CEO Philip Corne welcomes guests to Louis Vuitton Maison Sydney.

Right: NSW Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon Greg Pearce MLC addresses EABC members and guests





kh_037_111129__mg_514929 November 2011

On 29 November, 2011, European Australian Business Council (EABC) members and guests came together in Melbourne to celebrate the conclusion of a highly successful twelve months, having been the Council’s most active and successful year by far.

Members and representatives of the EABC joined representatives from Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom at the reception. Following the reception, guests joined members of the Board for dinner and discussion on various topics, and the year ahead.

In his address, EABC President & Chairman Alastair Walton stated that being hosted at Government House provided a high point of the kh_043_111129__mg_51632011 calendar, and also that the year had seen EABC institutionalised as a national organisation with regular events in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, and launches for Brisbane and Perth programmes in 2012.

Alastair also noted that the Europe-Australia investment relationship was now over $1 Trillion in value, and that more than ever before European companies are looking for growth opportunities in Australia and the regional market.

The highlights of 2011 were reflected on, including participation in the official visit of Prime Minister Gillard to Europe, hosting the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso during his Australian visit, and a successful EABC Business Mission to Europe where the delegation was received by President Barroso and also the President of Germany.


Above: EABC Chairman Alastair Walton, His Excellency Governor Chernov and EABC CEO Jason Collins


Above: EABC Board Members and His Excellency Governor Chernov


Above: His Excellency Governor Chernov


Above: Philip Hocking, National President of Swiss Australian Chamber of Commerce, His Excellency Governor Chernov and The Hon Peter Costello AC


On November 19, 2009, Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce, Governor General of Australia hosted the European Australian Business Council’s tenth anniversary reception at Admiralty House.

Against the beautiful backdrop of Sydney’s harbour, guests joined the Governor General and the EABC board in celebrating this significant milestone.

Left – Mr Ian Murray (EABC Treasurer), Mr Alastair Walton (EABC Chairman), Mr Jason Collins (EABC CEO) and Ms Jo Johns (EABC Director) listen to Her Excellency’s address.

Below,right – The EABC reception marquee in the grounds of Admiralty House.
dsc07815Guests included Ambassadors and consular representatives from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey.  Representatives from organisations including National Australia Bank, JP Morgan, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Stockland, Visa and Sagem attended the reception.


_dsc0889-editMr Alastair Walton (EABC Chairman) and Mr David Daly(Ambassador and Head of Delegation, European Commission to Australia and New Zealand) share a joke with Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce._dsc1014






Her Excellency and EABC Board Member, Mr Max Moore-Wilton


Every year the EABC hosts an oration by a senior figure in the EU-Australian community.

The 2009 Oration was delivered on October the 26th, hosted by QANTAS a Major Partner of the EABC, by Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, European Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services.

Please click here for a transcript of the speech

At our 2008 Oration, Mr Steven Loosley, Special Counsel, Minter Ellison spoke about Australia’s foreign policy in a speech “From Brussels to Bucharest – a Fourth Leg for Australian Foreign Policy”

Please click here for a transcript of the speech.