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What does this mean for Europe and what are the implications for the new European Union leadership and for the future direction of Europe? What are the implications for Australia?
The recent European Parliament elections have been described as “an earthquake” for Europe, with a rise in euro-sceptics from both the Left and the Right.
The European Union Delegation in Australia in conjunction with the Melbourne Press Club, the EU Centre at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, the Monash Europe and EU Centreâ€‹ and the Australian Institute of International Affairs presents a keynote address by Vice-President Neelie Kroes,â€‹ European Commissioner responsible for Digital Agenda.
A Q and A session will follow the Vice-President’s address.
Neelie Kroes is Vice-President of the European Commission, and Commissioner responsible for Digital Agenda. Her current portfolio includes the information and communications technology (ICT) and telecommunications sectors.
Previously Commissioner Kroes earned an international reputation as European Commissioner for Competition Policy, a role she held from 2004 to 2009. Before this she was a member of the Dutch Parliament, serving as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunications in the Netherlands.
Ms Kroes was President of Nyenrode University, has served on various company boards, and has worked with charity groups, advising the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and World Cancer Research Fund. She is active on social media, and has an ongoing interest in mental health issues.