10 May 2024

EU's Ambassador to NZ on the biggest challenges facing the Union

From Nine To Noon, 9:25 am on 10 May 2024
Image of Lawrence Meredith and EU logo.

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Europe Day is drawing to a close on a continent - once again been marked against the backdrop of Russia's war in Ukraine. 

Lawrence Meredith is the European Union's ambassador to New Zealand, taking up the post late last year.

Before that he was director of a part of the European Commission that deals with the EU's neighbourhood and enlargement policies.

Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine has heightened the urgency of some countries seeking entry into the EU.

This month has also been significant for New Zealand's relationship with the European Union, with a Free Trade Agreement coming into force on May 1.

Ambassador Meredith talks to Kathryn about the benefits of the deal for both parties.