February 4th 2016 | Invitation Only |
Hall & Wilcox Lawyers Level 11, Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street Melbourne
On Thursday 4th February 2016 European Business had the pleasure once more of hosting an intimate, invitation only event with His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer, AC.
In March 2014 Mr. Downer was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Prior to this appointment he was the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus as well as enjoying a long and fruitful career in Australian politics where he was Australia’s longest serving Minister for Foreign Affairs between 1996 and 2007.
Mr. Downer shared his insights on the challenges facing the European Union, in particular the United Kingdom, especially in light of the significant events across Europe that took place in 2015. He discussed the impact of the Ukraine conflict, the threatened exit of Greece from the Euro and the November terrorist attacks that shook the French capital, Paris. The ongoing refugee crisis in the region and in particular the impact and future ramifications not only for the United Kingdom but also for the Schengen system were discussed in depth.