EU-Australia towards a closer partnership
"This is a moment when Australia and the European Union are standing up for the values we share," emphasised Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop upon her visit to Brussels as she and High Representative of the European External Action Service Federica Mogherini met on 22 April.
They announced the conclusion of negotiations for a legally binding EU-Australia Framework Agreement that will govern the bilateral relationship across all areas of cooperation and also signed an agreement on closer cooperation in Crisis Management.
The discussions focused on how to move the EU-Australian relationship forward in key areas such as foreign affairs, security, economy, trade and development, as well as on key international challenges of common concern (some of those including Iran, Ukraine, counter terrorism, security in Asia and the Indo-Pacific region).
At the end of the meeting they released a joint communique : ’towards a closer EU-Australia Partnership’. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be in Brussels for four days and is also envisaged to meet with First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.
Joint Declaration : Towards a closer EU- Australian Partnership