European Business Update
July 2016

Welcome to the beginning of a new financial year in Australia and the halfway point of 2016. We hope everyone has had a fantastic first half of 2016. European Business has had a great start to 2016, hosting two successful events as well as being involved in three others.

In February, European Business was honoured to welcome back His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer, AC. His Excellency is the current Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and was able to share his insights into the challenges facing the UK and the EU in light of issues such as terrorism, the Ukraine conflict and the ongoing refugee crisis.

In April, European Business welcomed Mr David Campbell, Australian Consul General Frankfurt and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Western Europe for Austrade. David has over 18 years of experience in the Australasian and UK/European markets with a background in wholesale and investment banking sectors, global capital markets and wealth management. He discussed Europe in the context of the region as an important source of trade for Australia.

In May, European Business’ president, Oliver Jankowsky, was invited to present at RMIT’s European Union Centre’s second Policy Briefing for 2016. The Briefing focused on issues for businesses expanding into the European Union or Australia. Oliver used his experience assisting European companies entering the Australian market to outline the requirements under the current Australian law. Oliver was joined by Professor Gabriele Suder, Principal Fellow, Melbourne Business School/FBE, University of Melbourne and Mr Ivano Casella, Head of the Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Australia.

In the second half of 2016 European Business is planning to hold a number of events including our famous annual wine tasting night. Please check back regularly to our events page for more information.