Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D3 / 14 February 2005

Visit By Australia's European Heads Of Mission

Sixteen of Australia's senior Heads of Mission (HOMs) in Europe will visit Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and regional areas of Australia from 14-22 February.

The HOMs are meeting to evaluate Australia's strategic foreign and trade policy directions in Europe; the opportunities Europe provides and the challenges it presents.

These HOMs have an outstanding depth of expertise on changes underway in Europe, Europe's growing international weight in global affairs and the implications of these developments for Australia's interests. Their discussions will develop new initiatives for moving forward Australia's priorities with Europe.

The HOMs will spend two days in Canberra (15 - 16 February) before travelling to Sydney (17 February) and Melbourne (18 February) to consult with business, state government and academic interlocutors. In Sydney and Melbourne, they will participate in business breakfasts on the topic 'Doing Business with Europe'.

From 21-22 February, several of the HOMs will meet with local businesses and government in regional NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, to discuss trade opportunities with Europe.

A list of visiting HOMs is attached.

Media Inquiries: DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555

European HOMs and Countries of Accreditation
HEAD OF MISSION COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE ACCREDITATIONS
Richard Alston, High Commissioner United Kingdom United Kingdom
Penny Wensley, Ambassador France France, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania
Peter Grey, Ambassador Belgium Belgium, Luxembourg
Pam Fayle, Ambassador Germany Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein
Stephen Brady, Ambassador The Netherlands The Netherlands
Peter Woolcott, Ambassador Italy Italy, San Marino
Jean Dunn, Ambassador Turkey Turkey, Azerbaijan
Les Rowe, Ambassador Russia Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Patrick Lawless, Ambassador Poland Poland, Czech Republic
Sue Tanner, Ambassador Spain Spain, Andorra
Richard Rowe, Ambassador Sweden Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania
John Herron, Ambassador Ireland Ireland, Holy See
Paul Tighe, Ambassador Greece Greece, Albania, Bulgaria
Matthew Peek, Ambassador Denmark Denmark, Iceland, Norway
Deborah Stokes, Ambassador Austria Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Slovakia
John Oliver, Ambassador Serbia & Montenegro Serbia & Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania