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Geografical Product Trade Marks – Legal Issues

Ivano Castella and Guenter Pratz

AuEuConnect participated in an interesting and informative luncheon seminar, organised by the EU Centre for Global Affairs, University of Adelaide.  An Informal Luncheon discussion was held on 28th October 2016 at the premises of Law Firm Minter Ellison and was attended by Guenter Pratz, Director AUEU Connect.

What’s in a Name? Geographical Indicators: How they are handled in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) and implications for the EU/Australia FTA.

The session Moderator was Jane Drake-Brockman, Director, EU Centre for Global Affairs, The University of Adelaide.

International Guest Speakers included:

Dr Danny Friedman, Visiting Scholar, Californian Western School of Law

Ivano Casella, Counsellor, Trade and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union Canberra

Caroline McCarthy, Director, Free Trade Division, Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra

For more comprehensive information on the discussion please go to:  www.adelaide.edu/au/eucentre

European Union and Russian Federation Subcommittee (CITCSA) Inaugural Meeting

CITCSA Sub-Committee for the EU and Russian Federation met on 26 May 2016 to consider the AU-EU Free Trade Agreement.

Pictured from left: Mr Frank Weits, President DutchSA, Adrian Vatovec, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia and Board of Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Gosia Hill, Hon. Consul for the Republic of Poland in South Australia, Simon Zyrianov EU Centre for Global Affairs in the University of Adelaide, Dr Valdis Tomanis, Honorary Consul of Latvia and President Australian Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms Irina Lyudviga Russian-Australian Chamber of Commerce &Industry Inc. Henning Klovekorn, (Chair) – Board CITCSA and Chairman German European Chamber of Commerce of SA Inc., Simon Thomson, Secretary GECOCSA Inc, Adam Weinert.

Międzynarodowy Dzień Teatru z Teatrem Starym

27 marca na całym świecie obchodzony jest Międzynarodowy Dzień Teatru. Planując program artystyczny na rok 2017 staraliśmy się zaplanować premierę nowej sztuki możliwie blisko tej daty, aby nasi widzowie mogli wziąć udział w obchodach tego święta.

W tym roku zaprezentujemy państwu „Klub cmentarny” – komedię z dystansem, napisaną przez mistrza gatunku Ivana Menchell’a.

Trzy przyjaciółki i wdowy starają się znaleźć odpowiedź na pytanie – „Jak ułożyć sobie życie po śmierci najbliższej osoby?”. Ponieważ panie różnią się do siebie jak trzy żywioły – woda, ogień i powietrze, każda z nich ma inną opinię na ten temat. Taka mieszanka charakterów i opinii doprowadza do wielu zabawnych sytuacji i błyskotliwych dialogów, ale również pozwala na refleksję nad kruchością życia i nad tym jak szybko ono przemija. Lucille i Doris bronią swoich przekonań jak lwice i każda z nich stara się nakłonić trzecią z przyjaciółek – Idę, aby opowiedziała się po jednej – oczywiście „właściwej” stronie.

Przyjaciółki, co miesiąc, dziarskim krokiem maszerują do pobliskiej nekropolii, aby podzielić się ze zmarłymi mężami ploteczkami oraz pochwalić najnowszymi zakupami. Pojawienie się na cmentarzu wdowca Sam’a elektryzuje atmosferę i staje się katalizatorem reakcji, która musi doprowadzić do wybuchu.

Gwarantujemy, jak zawsze, wspaniałą zabawę, tym bardziej że na scenie pojawią się znani i lubiani aktorzy, jak również debiutanci. W role Doris i Idy wcielą się Krystyna Gałązkiewicz oraz Małgorzata Masiewicz. Obydwie panie mogą się pochwalić dużym doświadczeniem oraz dorobkiem scenicznym. Sam’a zagra dobrze znany widzom Andrzej Munk – doskonale odnajdujący się w jedynej męskiej roli w tej sztuce. W roli trzeciej przyjaciółki – Lucille – zadebiutuje Joanna Jurgowiak, związana z teatrem od 2015 roku, lecz do tej pory pracująca za kulisami. W rolę seksownej Mildred wcieli się Maja Baranowska. Maję mieliśmy już okazję zobaczyć w sztuce „Zagłoba swatem” oraz w bajce „Rumpelsztyk”, jednak na dużej scenie wystąpi po raz pierwszy.

Zapraszamy wszystkich serdecznie.

The Park Community Theatre

46 Cowan ST, Angle Park SA

Sobota 18 marca 2017, godz. 17:00

Niedziela 19 marca 2017, godz. 15:00

Sobota 8 kwietnia 2017, godz. 17:00

Bilety w cenie $25 (ulgowy $20) do nabycia:

online: – www.ticketebo.com.au/teatrstary

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Dozynki Polish Festival Adelaide 23 October 2016

Guenter Pratz with family and Gosia Hill, Hon Consul for Poland

The Dożynki Committee has invited the Adelaide community to the Polish Harvest Festival on Sunday the 23rd of October 2016. This year’s event also celebrated the 160th Anniversary of the Polish Settlement in the Clare Valley and 1050th Anniversary of Baptism of Poland.

Guenter Pratz – Vice Chairman of the German European Chamber of Commerce SA has joined the festivities with his family. He has enjoyed a Polish beer and a ‘Kransky’ sausage for lunch in the beer tent and the entertainment on offer.

This year Sammy & Bella, winners of My Kitchen Rules, have again showcased the best of Polish Cuisine in the food tent.
There have been plenty of children’s activities including an animal farm, Police cars, carnival amusements, free balloons, a puppet show and puppet making classes.

The local Polish Folk Dance Group ‘Tatry’ has entertained the crowd of over 3,000 visitors. They have been joined by ‘Wisła’ dance group from Brisbane.

Poland’s leasing market seen growing 17.3pct in 2016

Poland’s leasing market is expected to expand by 17.3% year on year to PLN 58.4 billion in 2016, after sporting 17.1% growth to PLN 28.1 billion in H1, leasing lobby ZPL said.

“In the full year of 2016 the value of the leasing market will amount to PLN 58.4 billion, so it will increase by 17.3% y/y,” ZPL statistics director Marcin Nieplowicz told reporters.

The share of the sector in Poland’s GDP this year will increase to 3.14% from 2.76% in 2015, ZPL also said.

European Commission adopts Rule of Law Recommendation on situation in Poland

The European Commission issued an official recommendation for the Polish government in the second stage of the ongoing rule of law procedure instigated in January with regard to the political stalemate over the Constitutional Tribunal, the Commission’s first Vice-President Frans Timmermans said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“Despite the dialogue with Polish authorities being conducted since the beginning of the year, in the Commission’s view the key issues threatening the rule of law in Poland have not been solved,” Timmermans said.

Polish authorities are asked to swear in judges legally elected by the previous term of parliament, “publish and fully implement” the tribunal rulings withheld and are advised to publish future rulings automatically.

The authorities are also advised to ensure that any future reforms of the constitutional law take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission and the tribunal’s rulings to date.

The most recent act on Constitutional Tribunal, passed on July 22, should be subject to a constitutional review and screened for compliance with the Venice Commission recommendations before it is implemented.

The government is also invited to inform the Commission on progress on these fronts within three months.

The European Commission launched the first of the three stages of the rule of law procedure against Poland on January 13 in relation to a conflict over the Constitutional Tribunal.

The European Commission’s decision to issue an official recommendation for Poland in the second stage of the ongoing rule of law procedure concerning the country’s Constitutional Tribunal is “premature” and exposes the Commission to the risk of “losing the authority needed to fulfill the functions described in the treaties,” Poland’s Foreign Ministry said in a reaction to the Commission’s statement. The Polish government will soon complete the work on the new bill on the Tribunal, the ministry said.

Poland’s most recent Constitutional Tribunal amendment introduces solutions which are fully in line with European standards of constitutional courts, the ministry said.

The Constitutional Tribunal contention weakens Poland’s position in the EU at a time when the EU is preparing for a debate on its reform, the daily Gazeta Wyborcza wrote.

Poland’s lower house, Friday, after a heated debate and among vehement protests of opposition parties, approved the final version of the new law on the Constitutional Tribunal. The bill now waits to be signed into law by the president.

The bill stipulates, among others, that the Tribunal will need to rule on cases in the order they are submitted, and suspends cases currently in the Tribunal for six months in order to satisfy new formal requirements. It also introduces the rule that four Tribunal judges will be able to block the announcement of a ruling by up to six months and blocks the nomination for three Tribunal judges lawfully appointed by the previous parliament but not sworn in by the President.

The Constitutional Tribunal has been at the center of a controversy PiS took power in October and began efforts to limiting the powers of the top court which has the power to block government-proposed legislation if it finds it unconstitutional. International organizations and foreign leaders have criticized changes to the Constitutional Tribunal law passed by the Polish parliament dominated by PiS saying that Poland’s rule of law is threatened and democratic standards undermined.

Ambassador to the EU Dr. Mark Higgie Visits Adelaide

 

Mr Pratz with Dr Mark Higgie, Ambassador to the EU

On the 18th of May 2016 AuEuConnect Director and the Vice-Chairman of the German European Chamber of SA, Mr Guenter Pratz was invited to lunch with His Excellency Dr. Mark Higgie Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO.  Department of Foreign Affair and Trade (DFAT) hosted the event to strengthen ties between Federal and State initiatives. 

Dr. Higgie was previously Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister. Before joining the Prime Minister’s staff Dr. Higgie was at the Office of National Assessments where he served as the Senior Europe Analyst and later as Australia’s representative on the UK Joint Intelligence Committee (London).  Ambassador Higgie has a working command of a number of languages including German.

Dr. Higgie reported on a significant number of initiatives at the Federal level. This included primarily the work currently undertaken for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU. The Australian Prime Minister together with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission agreed to start the process towards a FTA. in a joint statement.

As a bloc, the EU is Australia’s largest source of foreign investment and second largest trading partner.

NATO to station four battalions in Poland and Baltic States

June 1, 2016

Jens Stoltenberg and Antoni Macierewicz

Four multinational NATO battalions will be stationed in Poland and the Baltic States, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said after meeting with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday.

“Our talks confirmed that four battalion combat teams will be stationed in Poland and the Baltic States on a rotating basis as part of the permanent NATO’s presence in the east,” Macierewicz said.

Stoltenberg came to Poland ahead of a NATO summit to be held in Warsaw July 8-9.

“It will take place at a critical moment for our alliance. A moment where our security and our values face significant challenges. Challenges both from the east and from the south”, Stoltenberg said of the upcoming summit.

The Warsaw NATO summit will be devoted to many problems the treaty is facing, including decisions on how to safeguard its eastern flank, Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters after his meeting with Stoltenberg.

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Poland’s automotive exports seen rising to EUR 22bn in 2016

Automotive industry manufacturers in Poland

Poland’s automotive industry exports are expected to reach EUR 22 billion in 2016, industry news website AutomotiveSuppliers.pl said of an upward revision for an earlier forecast of EUR 21 billion.

“AutomotiveSuppliers.pl forecasts that in the coming months, for the first time ever, the barrier of EUR 2 billion monthly will be crossed, and in the whole 2016 the value of exports of automotive industry in Poland may reach the record level of EUR 22 billion,” the report reads.

The industry is supported by stable situation of the German automotive sector, the largest client of the Polish producers.

Source: “The Warsaw Voice”