Australia’s next ambassador to the European Union will be Caroline Millar, also serving as ambassador to Belgium, NATO, and Luxembourg.
Foreign minister Marise Payne announced the experienced diplomat would take the appointment this week, replacing former ambassador Justin Brown.
Millar has served as the deputy secretary of national security and international policy at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
She has also served overseas as chargé d’affaires in Brussels, and deputy head of mission in Washington from January 2014 to September 2017, among other positions.
The EU is Australia’s second-biggest two-way trading partner and source of foreign investment.
Australian trade minister Dan Tehan said during meetings in Europe last month he expected to finalise a free trade agreement with the EU by the end of 2022.
Payne said Australia was committed to concluding the agreement.
“Australia has warm relationships with Belgium, the EU, NATO, and Luxembourg, founded on a shared commitment to democracy, human rights and the global rules-based order,” she said.
The mutual defence alliance the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is also headquartered in Brussels, and Payne said it continued to represent a shared commitment to addressing security, including in the Indo-Pacific.
“This is demonstrated through regular political dialogues, military-to-military cooperation and information exchanges,” she said.
Meanwhile, Luxembourg is in ongoing negotiations with Australia on a bilateral tax treaty.
Brown has served in the role in Belgium since 2018.