On Monday 7th February the NCRE hosted a visit by the Ambassadors to New Zealand from the European Union and Hungary. After a lunch with staff from the Centre H.E. Mr David Daly (EU) and H.E. Mr Gabor Csaba (Hungary) presented the first in the NCRE Roundtable Research Seminars for 2011. Elizabeth Wilson, of Christchurch City Council also attended. Mr Csaba spoke on the priorities of the Hungarian EU Presidency, while Mr Daly talked about the EU and its external relations in the Post-Lisbon contexts. The Ambassadors presented a thought-provoking detailed update on the EU's agenda for 2011 within and outside its border. Attended by NCRE students and academics, as well as members of wider UC and Christchurch community, the seminar was a great opening for the NCRE Research Seminar Series in a new school year. The Podcasts of the Ambassadors' presentations will be posted to the NCRE website.