Visit of Sir Michael Leigh as EUCN European-in-Residence

Sir Michael Leigh, senior advisor to the German Marshall fund and former EU official, visited New Zealand recently as part of the EUCN’s European-in-Residence programme for twelve days in September 2012. Through this programme New Zealand policy and opinion makers are provided with the opportunity for in depth discussion on key EU-NZ issues with high level EU experts and practioners.  Sir Michael held discussions with seven Members of Parliament and a number of diplomats, with topics ranging from New Zealand’s climate change and energy commitments, aid and development in the Pacific, the euro crisis and New Zealand commitment to a wide ranging Framework Agreement with the EU.  

Sir Michael Leigh, senior advisor to the German Marshall fund and former EU official, visited New Zealand recently as part of the EUCN’s European-in-Residence programme for twelve days in September 2012. Through this programme New Zealand policy and opinion makers are provided with the opportunity for in depth discussion on key EU-NZ issues with high level EU experts and practioners.  Sir Michael held discussions with seven Members of Parliament and a number of diplomats, with topics ranging from New Zealand’s climate change and energy commitments, aid and development in the Pacific, the euro crisis and New Zealand commitment to a wide ranging Framework Agreement with the EU.  

Visiting four key cities in New Zealand, Sir Michael delivered public addresses on the Arab Spring, further EU enlargement and euro-scepticism. Sir Michael was a engaging and informative public speaker who was prepared to engage students and politicians across the broad range of issues he is so knowledgeable about.  Sir Michael said he would take with him from the trip a better understanding of the importance of the Pacific within the Asia-Pacific  region, an appreciation for the Australian-New Zealand closer economic relations, New Zealand approaches to minority groups and multiculturalism, along with the pragmatism and decisiveness of New Zealand decision making.

For further information and views from Sir Michael Leigh see the following links:

Posts by Sir Michael Leigh about his visit on the GMF Blog.

-http://blog.gmfus.org/2012/09/24/putting-the-pacific-back-into-asia-pacific/

-http://blog.gmfus.org/2012/09/11/australias-pivot-moment/

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