Annual Europa Lecture
Now in its fifth year, the Europa Lecture is the National Centre for Research on Europe's prestige public lecture given annually by a high profile, leading New Zealand or European politician.
Europa Lecture 2006 - European agricultural policy in a changing environment
The Hon. Phil Goff, Minister for Trade, in association with the New Zealand European Union Centres Network and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, present:
Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the European Commission responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Monday 6 March 2006, The Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.
"Today I’m a long way from home, but in some ways I could almost be on my own doorstep. Culturally, the European Union and New Zealand have a great deal in common. If anyone doubted that, they should read the Joint Declaration which we signed in 1999. In our shared commitment to supporting democracy, to the rule of law, to human rights, to environmental protection, and to so many other causes, it is clear that we see the world in essentially the same way.
One of the things we have in common is the importance which we attach to agriculture. The EU and New Zealand are both highly successful agricultural exporters. In fact, although we are so far apart geographically, we are direct competitors in a number of markets. And of course, the EU is itself an important market for many of New Zealand’s key products.
Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that the Common Agricultural Policy (or “CAP”) seems to have been mentioned in every Europa Lecture given to date! If we want to understand relations between the EU and New Zealand, we can’t leave the CAP out of the conversation...
European agricultural policy in a changing environment
Mariann Fischer Boel
Member of the European Commission responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development
Full text of address (.pdf, 76 KB)
New Zealand and Europe, twelve months after enlargement
The Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Justice and Pacific Island Affairs, New Zealand
Full text of address (.pdf, 115 KB)
Annual Europa Lecture to the National Centre for Research on Europe
The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom
Full text of address (.pdf, 74 KB)
EU-NZ Relations After Enlargement
EU Commissioner for External Relations
Full text of address (.pdf, 37 KB)
New Zealand's Relationship with Europe
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Full text of address (.pdf, 41 KB)