The European Union: a committed partner for the Pacific  Download event as icalendar

8 September 2011

10.15am - 11am

Venue: Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Contact info: Petteena McOnie, Conference Management

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The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon has the pleasure of inviting you on behalf of The University of Auckland and the Europe Institute to a Public Address by the President of the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

President Barroso will focus his speech on the role of the EU in global affairs and its closer relation with the Pacific region, in particular in addressing common challenges such as support to democracy, fight against climate change and promoting sustainable and inclusive development. The President will also discuss the EU's growing relationship with New Zealand as a key and like-minded partner in the region and how it can contribute to achieve these common objectives.

President Barroso holds a Degree in Law (with honours) from the University of Lisbon, as well as a Diploma in European Studies (with honours) and a Master’s Degree in Political Science (with honours) from the University of Geneva. After a distinguished academic career, President Barroso embarked on a political career, which has seen him rise to be one of the longest-serving global leaders, having headed the European Commission (the European Union's executive branch) since 2004. He is also a member of the G8 and the G20 meetings.
Before his appointment to head the European Commission, President Barroso served as Prime Minister (2002-2004), leader of the opposition (1999-2002), Foreign Minister (1992-1995) and Deputy Foreign Minister (1987-1992) of his native Portugal. He also held teaching positions in political science and law in Lisbon, Geneva and Georgetown. He was declared "European of the year 2006" by the magazine European Voice and is the author of numerous publications on political science, international relations and the European Union, including "Le système politique portugais face à l'intégration européenne", Lisbon and Lausanne, 1983; "Uma Certa Ideia de Europa", 1999; "Mudar de Modelo",and "Reformar: Dois Anos de Governo", 2004.

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President Barroso will be delivering his lecture from the Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium.
If required his lecture will be streamed to further theatres within the OGGB.

Seats in both the Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium and the other theatres will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register your attendance please complete the registration form by clicking here

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