Current Affairs and Challenges of the EU


Dr Lykke Friis

Berlin-based Correspondent for Danish Newspaper Berlingske

Former Danish politician: Danish Minister for Climate and Energy and Equality (2009-11) and Minister for Equal Rights (2010-11)

Former Pro-Rector (equivalent to Vice-Chancellor) of the University of Copenhagen

2019 Participant in DFAT’s Special Visits Program

The European Union Centre at RMIT, in cooperation with the Embassy of Denmark, invite you to this round table on the current affairs and challenges of the EU with Dr Lykke Friis,  former Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Equality.

Lykke Friis is a Berlin-based correspondent for the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende where she covers internal developments in Germany and also comments on EU affairs.  She has also published books on Germany.

Dr Friis has extensive experience in politics and academia.  In politics, she was Minister for Climate, Energy and Equality, Political Spokesperson on EU-affairs and Member of Parliament for the Danish Liberal Party.  In academia, she held a senior position as Pro-Rector (equivalent to Vice-Chancellor) of the University of Copenhagen only paused by her political career.

Dr Friis has particular expertise on European and international affairs as Chair of the board of the Danish Foreign Policy Society and having particular experience with EU policy, both from her parliamentary career and her role as Head of European Policy at the Confederation of Danish Industries.

Key areas of interest to Dr Friis during her visit to Australia include: cooperation between Europe and Australia (including in support of the rules-based international order), Australian foreign policy (including the US alliance and developments in the Indo-Pacific), immigration and integration policy, attracting international students, gender equality, and renewable energy.  Her insights into European politics and foreign policy will be particularly valuable for Australian interlocutors.

When: Friday, 5 April, 10:30am – 11:30am

Where: RMIT Court Room 3, Building 20, Level 2, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (enter via RMIT Building 1)

Cost: Free event

Morning tea will be served.