EABC Business Delegations to Canberra
The Business Mission to Canberra is a key part of the EABC’s annual programme. The mission provides an opportunity for senior Australian and European business representatives to engage in direct dialogue with members of the Federal Government and Opposition on the broad economic and business agenda, and other key developments occurring in the bilateral relationship with Europe, including ongoing negotiations for an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement.
EABC Business Missions to Europe
The EABC Business Mission to Europe is undertaken each year as an initiative to strengthen bilateral relationships with European leaders, institutions, officials, peak business groups, and policy organisations.
The missions travel to Brussels as the political and administrative capital of the European Union (EU), and to other political and commercial capitals in Europe. Since 2006, EABC delegations have travelled to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Bern, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malmö, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Strasbourg, The Hague, Toulouse, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.
The visits provide opportunities for senior Australian business representatives to engage in dialogue on key developments occurring at the EU and Member State levels in strategic areas including political and economic governance, banking and financial services regulation, trade policy and negotiations, research and innovation, energy and climate change, foreign and security policy, competition policy, transport and mobility, infrastructure and many others.
The 2019 Mission visited Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Copenhagen, Malmö, and London.
In Germany, the Council was delighted to have the leadership of Australia’s Minister for Finance and Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann. The delegation was also joined by the Victorian Government’s Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research the Hon Frank McGuire MP; in London by New South Wales Special Minister of State, and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council the Hon Don Harwin MLC; and the Deputy Secretary of the Australian Treasury Simon Atkinson.
The business delegation was headed by EABC Chair and former Premier of New South Wales the Hon Nick Greiner AC, Deputy Chair and former Australian Trade Minister the Hon Simon Crean, Deputy Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Dr Stephanie Fahey, and EABC CEO Jason Collins.
The mission included twenty-eight Australian business representatives, including Chairs and CEOs of major companies with major investments in Europe. A broad range of sectors were represented including innovation, energy, transport, agriculture, engineering, logistics, resources, education, law, retail, fashion, telecommunications, investment and banking, infrastructure, professional services and finance.