Beckett, Margaret. (2004) Annual Europa Lecture-2003. NCRE Online Paper No. 04/01. [Working Paper]
[From the Introduction]. Thank you very much. I am delighted to have been able to accept the invitation to give this lecture. The EU and New Zealand have long enjoyed a close relationship. In 2002, the EU was New Zealand’s second largest export market. Over 400,000 Europeans visit New Zealand each year and I gather they tend to stay longer – and spend more! – than any other visitor. And from my experience over the past few days, I can understand why. The sheer existence of this Centre is of course a further testament to our closeness. Geography might have placed us some distance apart, but culture, values and trade bring us ever closer together – as the appointment of an EU representative here signifies. I strongly support the Centre’s two objectives to research EU issues and to promote greater awareness of the EU’s role. I hope my lecture today will help to further them.
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