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News article13 February 2017Service for Foreign Policy Instruments1 min read

EU Australia Leadership Forum seeks participation from Emerging Leaders

The EU-Australia Leadership Forum is a unique project funded by the European Union, running from 2016 until 2019. Its overall objective is to broaden and deepen the existing ties between the EU and Australia and in so doing, to help shape the vision for the partnership, based on the EU-Australia Framework Agreement and forthcoming EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement. More details can be found at:

The core of the project is the EU-Australia Senior and Emerging Leaders Forum, a high level event to be held annually, alternately in Australia and in Europe. This forum will bring together key European and Australian leaders and will provide input and ideas to diversify and intensify the relationship in key areas. The inaugural EU Australia Leaders Forum will take place in Sydney on 2-6 June 2017.

Applications are currently being sought from promising young leaders from Australia and the EU to take part in the first part of this exciting event – the Emerging Leaders Forum which will provide an exceptional opportunity for them to help shape the future of the EU-Australia partnership.

The Emerging Leaders Forum is seeking to invite young Australian and EU citizens who have been recognised for their potential leadership ability in diverse professional backgrounds including government, business, civil society, academia, development and the media.

Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience after university graduation and an interest in the priority areas of the relationship, including security, foreign policy, trade and investment, climate change, environment, research, innovation, education and societal challenges.

There will be approximately 50 participants with equal representation from Australia and the EU.

Flights, accommodation, transfers and other forum expenses will be fully supported by the EU-Australia Leadership Forum.

Applicants must be 35 years or under at the time of the closing date for applications.


13 February Applications open
12 March Applications close
21 March Applicants are informed of decisions
31 March Successful applicants confirm participation and provide details for travel booking
2-5 June Emerging Leaders’ Forum, Sydney, Australia

How to Apply

Applicants are required to participate in a competitive multi-stage selection process launched via an online form available here.

Queries to: emergingleadersateuropeaustraliaforum [dot] eu (emergingleaders[at]europeaustraliaforum[dot]eu)


Publication date
13 February 2017
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