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Inter-parliamentary meetings

24th EU-New Zealand IPM & the 41st EU-Australia IPM

The 24th EU-New Zealand IPM will take place in Auckland on Monday 24 February, followed by various meetings in Wellington including with the Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, Mr Mallard. The Delegation will then travel to Canberra to attend the 41st EU-Australia IPM on Thursday 27 February. This will be followed with meetings in Melbourne. These two IPMs will strengthen the relationship between the EU, New Zealand and Australia on several issues: environmental, financial policies, educational and cultural policies, digital technologies, FTA and trade security and EU policy on connectivity.

The 23rd EU- New Zealand IPM Brussels

EU - New Zealand 23rd Inter-parliamentary delegation EU - New Zealand 23rd Inter-parliamentary delegation
DANZ MEPs with New Zealand-IPM_S.JPG © European Union EP 2019
Deputy Speaker of the New Zealand parliament, Hon. Ms Ann Tolley and three other members:Rt. Hon. David Carter, Kieran McAnulty MP and Hon. Paul Goldsmith attended the 23rd EU-NZ IPM.

Ambassador to the EU and NATO, Mr David Taylor EU Ambassador to New Zealand in Wellington, Ms Nina Obermaier also attended.
Topics discussed were:
  • Update on political developments in the European Union, following the European elections in May 2019, and in New Zealand
  • Mr Peter Berz, acting Director and Head of Unit C.2 in DG TRADE of the European Commission, briefed on the state of play on the current negotiations of FTA, where protection of EU Geographical Indications, and the "meat proposal" on the import of lamb and notably beef to the EU were key elements in the debate
  • Climate change (NZ having strong environmental oriented farming and energy policies) was another topic of discussion.
  • Both sides commented about the Christchurch massacre and the recent attack to the German synagogue, calling for exchange of best practice and effective legislation to prevent racism and radicalism.


The 40th EU-Australian IPM, Brussels

EP DANZ delegation Members with the Australian Parliament Members EP DANZ delegation Members with the Australian Parliament Members
EU-Australia 40th IPM.JPG © European Union European parliament 2019
The 40th IPM was held on Tuesday, 1 October in Brussels. The delegation from Australia was lead by the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Co-Chair, Australian Parliament Delegation and accompanied by Senator, the Hon James McGrath, Senator Pauline Hanson,The Hon Damian Drum MP, and the Hon. Joanne Ryan MP. On the agenda topics discussed
  • political and economic developments in the European Union, following the European elections in May 2019, and in Australia, following the Australian elections of May 2019
  • State of the Australia-EU cooperation: Ongoing trade negotiations with Mr Peter Berz, from DG TRADE in the European Commission
  • Developments in the Indo-Pacific and particularly in the South Pacific
A summary of Inter-parliamentary meetings held during the European Parliament's 8th term (2014-2019) can be found in the delegation's archives.