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20 Years Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT): Ministerial Meeting at VIC

Marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), a Ministerial Meeting was held at Vienna International Center. Hosting some 40 international organizations, Austria is a hub for the promotion of peace, safety and security, sustainable development and the fight against crime, drug abuse and terrorism.

June 20, 2016

Novomatic Takeover of Australian Rival Delayed

The planned investment of the Lower-Austrian gambling group Novomatic in the Australian rival Ainsworth Game Technology has been delayed. Ainsworth will postpone general assembly scheduled for June 3 by up to 30 days. It is at the meeting that shareholders are supposed to approve the deal.

May 25, 2016

Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Council of Ministers Places 27 New Diplomats at Head of Embassies

The Council of Ministers of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to place 27 new Austrian diplomats at head of Austrian Embassies worldwide.

December 10, 2015

Constantia Flexibles Acquires SE Asian Labels Producer Pemara

Constantia Flexibles Group strengthens its position in the Southeast Asia labels market by acquiring the Australian company Pemara Labels Group. The parties agreed not to disclose any financial details and the transaction is expected to close in the next few months. Pemara operates four plants in Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, along with sales offices in Sydney (Australia) and Manila (Philippines).

December 1, 2015

How Can Exporters Benefit from the "Go-International Initiative" of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce?

Even in a challenging global economic environment, exports remain the driving force behind the Austrian economy. The go-international initiative of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce encourages companies to step across the border by offering advisory services, events and support, as well as making it easier for existing exporters to enter additional foreign markets.

October 19, 2015

Analysis: The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 has been the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest musical event. The contest took place in Vienna and followed Conchita Wurst's victory in the 2014 edition with her song "Rise Like a Phoenix". The song "Heroes" by Måns Zelmerlöw took the winning spot in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with 365 points. The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will therefore be held in Sweden.

May 16, 2015 · Updated: May 28, 2015; 08:00

Austria to Support China's "Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank"?

The Austrian Finance Ministry confirmed that Austria will participate in the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) project after receiving the appropriate approval from the government. Now it checks for a potential engagement. China is taking matters into its own hands. It will use the new bank to expand its influence at the expense of America and Japan. Its decision to fund a new multilateral bank reflects its frustration with the slow pace of global economic governance reform. China is the biggest economy in Asia, but the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is still dominated by the Japanese: Japan’s voting share is twice China’s and the ADB’s president has always been Japanese. Also, reforms to give China more say at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been delayed for years.

March 27, 2015

Background: The New "Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank"

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is regarded by some as a rival for the IMF, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which are regarded as dominated by developed countries like the United States. AIIB is an international financial institution proposed by the government of China. The purpose of the multilateral development bank is to provide finance to infrastructure projects in the Asia region. Austria recently said, that it is "positive" and that it "now checks for a potential engagement".

March 27, 2015

Quality of Living Rankings: Vienna Tops the List Again

Vienna remaines at the top of the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, boasting the best quality of living for expatriates. In the top 5 there are two other European cities, Zurich (place 2) and Munich (place 4). Also Auckland (3rd) and Vancouver (5th) are among the top five cities.

March 4, 2015

Global Peace Index: Austria is Third Most Peaceful Country

The latest Global Peace Index analyses the state of peace around the world. It identifies the most and least peaceful countries, trends in violence and conflict, and calculates the economic impact of violence. The top three most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark and Austria. Small and stable democracies make up the top ten most peaceful countries. New Zealand, Canada and Japan are the only non-European countries in the top ten.

March 4, 2015

List of National Days of the home countries of all foreign Missions and Delegations in Vienna, Austria

The Vindobona table below is an updated list of National Days of all nations, which belong to at least one of following categories: Foreign Missions and Delegations in Vienna, Austria; Diplomatic Corps and other representations in Austria; International Organizations in Vienna and Permanent Missions; Missions and Delegations to the OSCE.

February 11, 2015 · Updated: February 7, 2018; 08:12

Austria is Celebrating 60 Years of United Nations Membership in 2015

Austria became a member of the United Nations in 1955 and is celebrating 60 years of UN membership in 2015. 70 years ago, the United Nations were founded in San Francisco.

February 5, 2015

Cost of Living Rankings: CEE Capitals Cheaper, Vienna is 32nd Most Expensive City

The Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living Rankings have been published and cover 211 cities across five continents. While Western European cities have all risen in the rankings mainly due to the strengthening of the Euro against the US dollar, most cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), however have fallen in the ranking as a result of local currencies depreciating against the US dollar. Bratislava (#84), Prague (#92), Kiev (#98), Ljubljana (#116), Zagreb (#120), Budapest (#135), Warsaw (#142), Belgrade (#184).

July 25, 2014

China to Acquire Ukrainian Farmland

In the coming fifty years crops are supposed to be grown and animals should be bred in the Ukraine for the Chinese market.

September 23, 2013

Austrian Zumtobel Sells Factory in Australia

Because of abandoning of a business area, Tridonic, affiliate of Austrian light producer Zumtobel, sells its magnetic plant in Melbourne.

August 21, 2013

OMV: Major Gas Discovery in Australia

Successful appraisal of the Zola gas discovery offshore Australia.

July 16, 2013

Austria: Special Commission to Trace Tax Evaders

Finance Minister Maria Fekter announced the establishing of a special commission which is supposed to use data distributed by the US tax authority.

May 23, 2013

Vienna: One of the Most Innovative Cities

According to a ranking by the Australian agency 2thinknow, Vienna is the most innovative city in Europe and scored 3rd place in the cities worldwide, succeeding Boston and New York.

March 22, 2013

Strabag and Rio Tinto Enter into Exclusive Partnership

Cooperation between the Austrian construction group and the Australian mining group in research & development. Two phases: field trials and exclusivity period-

February 22, 2013

Contract award for tolling system in Sydney

Kapsch TrafficCom achieved a contract in Australia. The value for implementation reaches AUD 10 million (about € 8.5m)

August 28, 2012

Austrialian Mining Company Plans to Exploit Lithium in Austrian Alps

Global Strategic Metals NL plans a site with an investment volume of € 125m in Austria. For Austria, the lithium deposits would be a „highly strategic asset“.

June 9, 2012

Bene Expands in Asia

The Austrian manufacturer of office furniture founded a joint venture together with the Singapur-based Ollo Group. Bene aims for entering new markets successfully.

February 24, 2012

Styrian Mining Company Causes Problems for Austrian Banks

The Austrian mining company Decometal has debts reaching € 250m. Now, the company will be restructured. Loans must be extended.

December 28, 2011

Red Bull Intends to Enter China

The Austrian energy drink producer has concluded the technical test phase. The market entry into China is now within splitting distance.

September 27, 2011

East Coast Minerals Reaches Milestone in Lithium Project

Exploration and mining licenses for the lithium deposit in Carinthia have been transferred to the Australian company.

September 14, 2011

ADX: Sidi Dhaher Well Spudded

The Austro-Australian oil and gas exploration and appraisal company started drilling operations for the Tunisian exploration well.

August 29, 2011

ADX Buys Back 20% Interest in Lambouka

The Austro-Australian oil and gas exploration and appraisal company increases its interest in the Tunisian prospect area to 50%.

August 17, 2011

ADX Energy to Start Oil Drilling in Tunisia

The Tunisian army will guard the drilling project of the Austro-Australian oil and gas exploration and appraisal company at the Sidi Dhaher well.

June 10, 2011

Renaissance for Carinthian Lithium

A currently closed lithium mine in Carinthia will be reopened by an Australian company after its acquisition for a price of € 9.25m. It is the largest deposit in Europe.

May 30, 2011

OMV Announces Major Gas Discovery in Australia

OMV has discovered gas on the North West Shelf of Australia in the Zola-1 exploration well. This represents one of the largest gas discoveries by the company.

April 14, 2011

Bene Intensifies Activities in Asia and Australia

The Austrian office furniture manufacturer expands foreign operations. International sales are now conducted by Søren Trampedach.

March 30, 2011

Nufarm Expands its Site in Upper Austria

The Australian manufacturer of pesticides is expanding production capacity at Linz.

March 12, 2011

Austrian Economic Chamber pursues contacts in New Zealand

A business delegation led by WKÖ President Leitl visits New Zealand and Australia to strenghten economic relations.

February 22, 2011

Australian Mining Company Seeks to Extract Lithium

Europe's largest lithium reserves are considered to be in the Austrian Alps. There is already interest for its extraction in Australia.

February 12, 2011

ADX Energy Ltd Continues Operations in Tunisia

The Australian/Austrian ADX Energy Limited (ASX:ADX) announced to continue its operations in Tunisia

January 19, 2011