Professional Development Seminar: EU-UK-Australia trade relations: Future directions?


From: Thursday July 27, 2017, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday July 27, 2017, 1:30 pm

EU-UK-Australia Trade Relations: Future directions?

Since the 1970s, access to European and British markets has been a source of constant irritation to Australian business and political interests, particularly around access for Australian agricultural products to Europe. Relationships have improved since 2007, with considerable progress since 2010. Australia and the EU have developed a new Treaty-level agreement for the first time, and have committed to the development of a preferential trade agreement. This new era has been confounded potentially by the threat of Brexit, opening up a new set of possibilities for relationships between Australia, the EU and the United Kingdom after 2019.

What might we anticipate for the new framework of trade relationships amongst these parties, in the 2020s?

About the speaker

Professor Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre at RMIT University. He provides insights to EU-Australian relations and academic studies on the European Union, encouraging mobility for staff and students, and builds partnerships between Australian universities, businesses and organisations and their European counterparts. He also leads a major research program on comparative regional policy in Europe, Australia and Asia, looking at interventions to promote innovative economic development and human capability that improves the living and working conditions of people in metropolitan and rural city-regions. He has had long experience in working with all levels of government on organisational and social change, and is committed to linking researchers and policy makers with city and regional governments in policy formation related to social and economic policy, innovation, lifelong learning and environment. Insights from this work can be found in A new imperative: regions and higher education in difficult times, published by Manchester University Press in 2013 with Chris Duke and Mike Osborne. He was a founding Co-Director of Pascal International Observatory.


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