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30
Sep
‘14

European Commission confirmation hearings

This week the European Parliament will begin a marathon of 27 confirmation hearings for the men and women nominated to serve in the next European Commission.

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25
Sep
‘14

Call for ANUCES Doctoral Scholarship

The Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies invites applications for a PhD Scholarships for 2015 commencement. APPLICATIONS CLOSE 17 OCTOBER 2014 For the full information please see: ANU Centre for European Studies Doctoral Scholarships.

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25
Sep
‘14

"Tjibaou's Kanak: ethnic identity as New Caledonia prepares its future"

New Caledonia, one of Europe's Overseas Countries and Territories in the Pacific, is in the process of internal discussion about its future status. The State Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program has published a recent paper by ANUCES Visiting Fellow Denise Fisher canvassing the issues: Tjibaou's Kanak: ethnic identity as New Caledonia prepares its future.

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25
Sep
‘14

EABC-ANUCES Fellowships

The European Australia Business Council (EABC) and the ANU Centre for European Studies are pleased to announce the commencement of two EABC-ANUCES Fellows for 2014. The EABC promotes a forum for business leaders to engage in high-level dialogue on economic and public policy issues with Australian and European political leaders, officials, diplomats and business delegations. The EABC-ANUCES Visiting Fellowship is a collaboration between the EABC and the Australian National University to develop and communicate research on trade investment and regulatory policy issues between Australia and the European Union. The successful candidates of the Fellowship were announced at the EABC Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 23 September in Sydney. The fellows presented their research proposals to the Board of the EABC – comprising of some of Australia’s most senior business leaders, government officials and academic representatives. The fellows also had the opportunity to take part in a discussion about a potential free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union during the AGM Dinner with former trade ministers the Hon Simon Crean and the Hon Mark Vaile, and EU Ambassador to Australia Sem Fabrizi. Dr Hazel Moir’s background is in economics, demography and public policy, and has a lifetime interest in equity issues, including gender issues. She has early private sector experience, including in the international aid field. She then spent nearly 20 years in the Australian Public Service, mostly in policy advising and policy research areas She holds two PhDs, the first in demography and economics from Brown University, and the second in public policy from the ANU. Her research interests include economic impacts, particularly on innovating firms, and the overall public policy outcomes. Her proposed research project is Managing non-trade issues in comprehensive trade agreements: patent and copyright regulations Dr Annmarie Elijah has previously worked as a policy officer in the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and has taught politics at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University of Wellington and ANU. Her PhD (University of Melbourne) examined the implications of British membership of the European Community for Australia. Her research interests include Australia-EU relations, European integration theory, comparative regionalism, trans-Tasman relations, Australian and New Zealand foreign policy and federalism. Her proposed research project relates to the recently completed Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.   The fellowship holders will take up their research residency at the ANUCES in October 2014 and expected to finalise their research reports by the end of January 2015. The fellows will present their research findings to the EABC in early 2014 and at further events organised with business, government and academic stakeholders.

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17
Sep
‘14

"Scottish referendum not just a question of yes or no"

ANUCES visiting fellow, Dr Ben Wellings, has written an opinion piece in the Canberra Times in the Scottish referendum.  The full article is available on the Canberra Times' website.

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09
Sep
‘14

Interview with Professor Abe Lowenthal

Professor Abraham F. (Abe) Lowenthal, who has recently visited the ANU presenting the lecture "Crafting Democracies: Learning from Political Leaders to Shape the Future", has been interviewed by Roger Hausmann. A related article is now available on the Inside Canberra's website.

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09
Sep
‘14

European Union sees G20 Employment meeting as great opportunity

The European Union (EU) will collaborate for universally better employment outcomes at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' meeting in Melbourne on 10 and 11 September 2014. European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion László Andor will represent the EU at the meeting to contribute for positive outcomes for all. The EU supports the 2014 G20 priorities on boosting jobs and participation, notably female participation; preventing structural unemployment, supporting youth employment; better quality jobs, safer workplaces and addressing under-employment and informal jobs. Our major priorities remain youth unemployment, gender gaps in employment and pay, controlling undeclared work for fairer working conditions and better quality of employment, and health and safety at work. We are acting to implement the Youth Guarantee under which EU Member States should ensure that, within four months of leaving school or losing a job, young people can either find a job suited to their education, skills, and experience or acquire the education, skills and experience required to find a job in the future. In relation to gender we agree with estimates that reducing the current gap in participation between men and women in G20 economies by 25% by 2025 could bring more than 100 million women into the labour force, laying the foundations for productive and rewarding jobs for women. This should be a benchmark for action. The Commissioner will further discuss employment and labour issues with the Australian Labour Minister, Senator Eric Abetz and he will hold a round table discussion at RMIT University hosted by the European Union centres of RMIT and University of Melbourne.

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09
Sep
‘14

Call for Proposals: 10th conference of the European Society for Oceanists

Europe and the Pacific 10th conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), to be held in Brussels, Belgium, 24-27 June 2015 The Pacific was long viewed as a remote, isolated region condemned to dependency on larger countries because of a paucity of natural resources and a small, dispersed population. Pacific Islanders themselves, however, view spatial separation also as promoting proximity and connections. The Oceanic perspective of connectedness characterizes social relations across the region, and remains important also to those islanders who now belong to diasporic communities on the Pacific Rim. Such a vision may also suggest that Europe’s geographical distance from the Pacific needs not necessarily place it at a relational disadvantage. For European scholarship, the distance from the region might even be a virtue, as shown by the strength of ESfO. The colonial history of Europe in the Pacific is diverse and multi-stranded, while the Pacific had its own distinctive influences on the varied trajectories of European history and thought. These exchanges have left a legacy of historical and cultural connections that, to some extent, provide a basis for distinctive forms of ongoing relationships between the two regions. Current European engagements in the Pacific are taking place especially through connections in trade relations, sustainable development programmes, tourism, humanitarian aid, legal-political relations, new migration patterns, and concerns about the impacts of global climate change. In some respects, however, European connections to the Oceanic region relate uncomfortably to the aspirations and ambitions of Pacific peoples themselves. The peoples of the Pacific Islands have a long and distinguished history of engaging with people from other regions of the world on their own social and cultural terms, and on the basis of their own economic and political interests. In recent times, the spirit of Ratu Mara’s ‘Pacific Way’ and Hau’ofa’s ‘Sea of Islands’ has come to characterize the Pacific’s vision for its future, indicating also that Pacific Islanders increasingly demand to define priorities in their connections with Europe from their own perspective. These calls from the Pacific for a new kind of relationship with Europe – in whatever shape or form Europe may be perceived as a region – require further reflection. Proposals for panels on a variety of topics relating to this overarching theme of the Tenth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists are invited. Intense dialogues between the Pacific and European perspectives are envisaged, in which exchanges of knowledge and processes of mediation will spark a necessary rethinking of historical, contemporary and future connections between Europe and the Pacific. Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2014 Please send your proposals to ESfO2015@ru.nl

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08
Sep
‘14

Publication: "The United Kingdom and the European Union: What would a 'Brexit' mean for the EU and other States around the World?"

Dr Ben Wellings and Dr Annmarie Elijah have contributed to an edited collection considering what a ‘Brexit’ would mean for the EU and other states around the world. The analysis, which appears in the German Council on Foreign Relations’ IP Journal, gathers 26 views from think-tanks, research institutions and universities from 16 member states, nine non-EU member states and a view from the EU’s institutions in Brussels. The collection is available on the German Council on Foreign Relations' website. It will also be produced in book form.

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08
Sep
‘14

ANUCES Fellow delivered John Monash Oration

ANUCES Fellow, Dr Katherine Daniell, has delivered the John Monash Oration at the Commonwealth Bank. For more information and to read the speech please visit the Monash Awards' website.

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