European Parliament elections: Future Directions for Europe and Implications for Australia

The European Union Delegation in Australia in conjunction with the Melbourne Press Club, the University of Melbourne, the EU Centres at RMIT University and Monash University, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs
presents

Vice-President Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda

European Parliament elections: Future Directions for Europe and Implications for Australia

Date: Wednesday 18 June 2014
Time: 5.30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Kaleide Theatre (Building 8), 360 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne (Map ref. N12)

The recent European Parliament elections have been described as “an earthquake” for Europe, with a rise in euro-sceptics from both the Left and the Right.

What does this mean for Europe and what are the implications for the new European Union leadership and for the future direction of Europe?

What are the implications for Australia?

Neelie Kroes is Vice-President of the European Commission, and Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda.  Her current portfolio includes the information and communications technology (ICT) and telecommunications sectors.  Previously Commissioner Kroes earned an international reputation as European Commissioner for Competition, a role she held from 2004 to 2009.  Before this she was a member of the Dutch Parliament, serving as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunications in the Netherlands.  Ms Kroes was President of Nyenrode University, has served on various company boards, and has worked with charity groups, advising the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and World Cancer Research Fund.  She is active on social media, and has an ongoing interest in mental health issues.

A Q&A session will follow the Vice-President’s address.   Light refreshments served.

RSVP to delegation-australia@eeas.europa.eu by 16 June 2014