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Former Ambassador Aliyev is Dead: Lawyers Doubt Suicide

Rakhat Aliyev, the former son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, is supposed to have hanged himself in his cell. Aliyev sat in Vienna-Josefstadt in custody for allegedly killing two bankers in his homeland Kazakhstan. Today he would have to testify against alleged blackmailers.

February 24, 2015

Business Indicator: First Small Signs of Improvement in Austrian Economic Activity

Bank Austria has published its latest "Business Indicator" on the Austrian economy. The Indicator exits negative territory due to modest rise in January. Decline in oil price pushes average annual inflation down below 1 percent for 2015, injecting more momentum into private consumption. Growth forecast for 2015 raised to 0.9 percent.

February 20, 2015

Rosenbauer International AG / Record levels for revenues, earnings

The Rosenbauer Group's revenues reached a top level of EUR 785.0 million in the 2014 financial year (2013: EUR 737.9 million), marking a year-on-year increase of 6%. The main factors contributing to the rise in revenues were US manufacturing and the companies in Spain and Singapore, which increased their delivery levels.

February 19, 2015

Andritz Signs EUR 100 Million LoI in Finland

Listed engineering Group Andritz has signed a letter of intent with Metsä Fibre to deliver key production technologies for a new bio-product pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The order value for Andritz is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the planned mill is scheduled for August 2017.

February 13, 2015

Andritz Signs EUR 250 Million Deal in the UK

Listed engineering group Andritz will supply equipment worth EUR 250 million for the world’s first tidal lagoon hydropower project in Swansea Bay, Wales.

February 10, 2015

Erste Group Seales Agreement to Sale 15 Percent of Hungarian Unit

Erste Group has invited the Government of Hungary and the EBRD to invest in Erste Bank Hungary Zrt. by acquiring a minority stake of up to 15 per cent each. Negotiations are in progress and the completion of the transaction is expected within the next six months.

February 9, 2015

Valneva Completes EUR 45 Million Capital Increase

The listed biotechnology company Valneva SE announces the completion of its capital increase with shareholders preferential subscription rights launched on January 12th, 2015. Valneva estimates net proceeds of EUR 42 millions from 18.2 million offered new shares. The new ordinary shares will be traded on Euronext and on the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange. The financing will mainly be used for the acquisition of Crucell Sweden AB and all assets, licenses and privileges related to Dukoral.

February 4, 2015

EANS-Total Voting Rights: Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Release according to article 93 BörseG with the aim of a Europe-wide distribution

Atrium European Real Estate Limited AG hereby announces that at the end of the month January 2015 the number of voting rights amounts to a total of 375633176 voting rights.

January 30, 2015

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / APPOINTMENT OF RYAN LEE AS NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Atrium European Real Estate, a owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, announces the appointment of Ryan Lee as its new Group Chief Financial Officer.

January 29, 2015

Japanese Mizuho Bank Sets Up Office in Vienna

Mizuho Bank through its Dutch subsidiary has acquired the approval to open a branch in Vienna. The bank is looking to develop its business in CEE. Simultaneously the Bank signed a memorandum of understanding with the Austrian Business Agency for services in connection with the setup.

January 28, 2015

Does Abdullah's Death Improve Interreligious Dialogue?

Saudi King Abdullah is dead. Continuity is assured as Crown Prince Salman succeeds brother to the throne. Saudi Arabia is repeatedly being criticised for human rights violations. The case of internet activist Badawi caused in Vienna calls for the closure of the late King Abdullah Center for Interreligious Dialogue.

January 23, 2015

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Disclosure according to Sec 93para 2 of the Austrian Stock Exchange Act and Sec 5:25i of the Dutch FinancialSupervision Act - Resignation of Directors

Atrium European Real Estate Limited, with its principal office in Jersey, hereby announces that it has been notified by Gazit Globe Ltd on behalf of its wholly-owned subsidiaries Gazit Gaia Ltd and Gazit Midas Ltd and by CPI CEE Management LLC on behalf of the consortium managed by CPI CEE Management LLC about the completion of the acquisition of 52,069,622 ordinary shares (corresponding to 13.87% of the voting rights) in Atrium by Gazit Gaia from entities forming part of the Consortium.

January 23, 2015

George Soros: "A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine"

Soros is calling on members of the European Union to behave as countries indirectly at war with Russia and to provide Ukraine with $50 billion to defend itself and kick-start political reforms. Russian President Vladimir Putin's imperial ambition has unintentionally brought into being a new Ukraine that is adamantly opposed to endemic corruption and inefficient government. By offering assistance, Europe can foster an open society in Ukraine and protect itself from Russian aggression.

January 22, 2015

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / ATRIUM ACQUIRES ARKÁDY PANKRÁC SHOPPING CENTRE IN PRAGUE FOR EUR162 MILLION

Atrium European Real Estate Limited ("Atrium"or the "Company") (VSE/Euronext: ATRS), announces that it has made further progress with its strategy of becoming the dominant owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in its core markets within Central and Eastern Europe, having signed an agreement to acquire a 75% interest in the Arkády Pankrác shopping centre (the "Centre") in Prague, the Czech Republic for a consideration of c.EUR162 million.

January 22, 2015

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Notification of signing of a Share Purchase Agreement and resignation of Directors

Atrium European Real Estate Limited ("Atrium") hereby announces that it has been notified by Gazit Globe Ltd ("Gazit Globe") on behalf of its wholly-owned subsidiaries Gazit Gaia Ltd ("Gazit Gaia") and Gazit Midas Ltd ("Gazit Midas") and by CPI CEE Management LLC on behalf of the consortium managed by CPI CEE Management LLC concerning the acquisition of 52,069,622 ordinary shares (corresponding to 13.87% of the voting rights) in Atrium by Gazit Gaia from entities forming part of the Consortium.

January 22, 2015

Austria has EU-Wide Most Franc Loans

In absolute terms, Austria has the most franc foreign currency loans in the European Union.

January 19, 2015

Huber Holding Acquires French Premium Men Lingerie Maker

Huber Group, the Götzis/Vorarlberg based lingerie maker has acquired the French premium brand Hom for men from Triumph Group to target the upmarket male underwear category.

January 19, 2015

Slovak Republic Issues 12-Year Eurobond Worth EUR 1.5 Billion

Slovakia’s first syndicated EUR transaction of the year attracted a total demand from more than 200 investors which reached almost EUR 5.5 billion.

January 15, 2015

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / ATRIUM COMPLETES SALE OFPORTFOLIO OF 72 SMALLER RETAIL ASSETS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Atrium European Real Estate Limited ("Atrium"or the "Company") (VSE/Euronext: ATRS), a leading owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that, further to its announcement on 9 December 2014, it has completed the sale of a portfolio of 72 retail assets (the "Portfolio") in the Czech Republic.

January 15, 2015

Federal President Against Closing of King Abdullah Dialogue Centre

"I'm not convinced that a closure that comes from Austria, is the right move," the President said on the sidelines of the meeting with religious leaders in the subsequent press conference.

January 13, 2015

"Together Against Terror": Commemorative Event at the Vienna Ballhausplatz

More than 10,000 people gathered in Vienna as part of the commemoration of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

January 13, 2015

Gebrüder Weiss Opens Three Branches in Moscow

Logistics Company Gebrüder Weiss is consolidating its network, and with the Russian location, will be closing a geographical gap between its branches in Europe and Asia.

January 13, 2015

Serbian Foreign Minister Dačić to Visit Vienna

The new OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbian Foreign Minister Dačić will visit Vienna on Thursday. He will outline the Serbian Chairmanship’s priorities to the OSCE Permanent Council*.

January 13, 2015

Voestalpine Buys Italian Drawn Wire Producer

Voestalpine is expanding its activities in the drawn wire business segment and has completed its acquisition of Italian company Trafilerie Industriali S.p.A. based in Nervesa della Battaglia (Treviso). The acquisition of this Italian manufacturer of special wires brings additional strength to the Voestalpine product portfolio of drawn wire for the automotive industry.

January 12, 2015

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain in Austria: Alberto Carnero Fernández (2013-2017)

Updated background details of Alberto Carnero Fernández, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain in Austria.

January 1, 2015 · Updated: February 14, 2018; 17:47

Embassy of the United States of America (US) in Vienna, Austria

Updated address and contact details of the Embassy of the United States of America, all sections of the Embassy (ECONOMIC / POLITICAL, POLITICAL / MULTILATERAL, AGRICULTURE, CULTURE AND INFORMATION, ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF THE DEFENCE ATTACHé, IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, CUSTOMS DECLARATION, NARCOTICS DIVISION, LEGAL) and other US representations in Vienna, Austria.

January 1, 2015 · Updated: December 17, 2015; 12:00

EANS-Total Voting Rights: Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Releaseaccording to article 93 BörseG with the aim of a Europe-wide distribution

Atrium European Real Estate Limited AG hereby announces that at the end of the month December 2014 the number of voting rights amounts to a total of 375508176 voting rights. The stated capital is now EUR 2673165974.

December 30, 2014

Investkredit Funding Ltd. / EGM approves wind down of Österreichische Volksbanken-Aktiengesellschaft

An Extraordinary General Meeting of Österreichische Volksbanken-Aktiengesellschaft (VBAG) today unanimously took the decision in principle that VBAG's business model is to be changed. The aim is for VBAG to become a "run down company" (Abwicklungsgesellschaft) in particular as per Section 162 of the draft Federal Law on Bank Recovery and Resolution (Banken Sanierungs- und Abwicklungsgesetz). When VBAG is put into run down status, it is also planned for central institution functions and related assets and liabilities to be taken over by Volksbank Wien-Baden AG.

December 23, 2014

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / ATRIUM FURTHER REBALANCES PORTFOLIO THROUGH THE SALE OF A PORTFOLIO OF 72 SMALLER RETAIL ASSETS IN THECZECH REPUBLIC FOR EUR70 MILLION

Atrium European Real Estate Limited, a leading owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that it has agreed to sell a portfolio of 72 retail assets in the Czech Republic to a private client account managed by Peakside Capital Advisors for a consideration of EUR70 million.

December 9, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry at the OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session

"It is not our design or desire that we see a Russia isolated through its own actions. In fact, we are convinced that Moscow could rebuild trust and relationships if it simply helps to calm turbulent waters, if it takes steps now to implement the Minsk protocol."

December 5, 2014

Strabag Builds Volkswagen Factory in Wrzesnia, Poland

Strabag Sp. z o.o., the Polish subsidiary of publicly listed Strabag SE, has been awarded the contract to build a new production plant for Volkswagen commercial vehicles in Poland. The automobile manufacturer plans to manufacture the next generation of its VW Crafter delivery van in the new factory in Września. Strabag has been commissioned to build three of the five modern production and industrial buildings that form part of the overall investment by the middle of 2015.

December 3, 2014

Russian Investor Boris Mints to Launch Tender Offer for 10 Pct of CA Immo Shares

O1 Group Limited of Russian investor Boris Mints has made a voluntary partial public takeover offer of 10% of additional CA Immo shares. The offer comprises the purchase of up to 9,735,276 non-par value bearer shares of CA Immo (ISIN AT0000641352), which are admitted to the Official Market on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

November 28, 2014

EANS-Total Voting Rights: Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Releaseaccording to article 93 BörseG with the aim of a Europe-wide distribution

Atrium European Real Estate Limited AG hereby announces that at the end of the month November 2014 the number of voting rights amounts to a total of 375379863 voting rights. The stated capital is now EUR 2695108703. The change of total voting rights is effective as of 28.11.2014.

November 28, 2014

Atrium European Real Estate Limited /ATRIUM COMPLETES ACQUISITION OFTHE FOCUS MALL IN BYDGOSZCZ, POLAND FOR EUR122 MILLION

Atrium European Real Estate Limited, a owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that, further to its announcement on 6 October 2014, it has completed the acquisition of Focus Mall in Bydgoszcz, Poland from Aviva Investors for EUR122 million.

November 25, 2014

VSE and Zagreb Stock Exchange to Cooperate in Data Vending

The Zagreb Stock Exchange signed a cooperation agreement with the Vienna Stock Exchange for data vending. With this step, the Vienna Stock Exchange has enlarged its Central and Eastern Europe data vending network.

November 24, 2014

Strabag Extends Container Port in Mauritius for € 90 Mln

Strabag is extending and strengthening the container harbour at Port Louis, Mauritius, together with its partner Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Co. SA. The project has a volume of about € 90 million (USD 115 million), of which Strabag holds 50 %, and is to be completed in slightly over two years.

November 20, 2014

Klaus Iohannis - Who is the New President of Romania?

On November 16th, Klaus Iohannis was elected the fifth President of Romania. He is due to take office on 22 December. His presidential campaign focused on fighting corruption and on improving the justice system. Klaus Werner Iohannis is a Romanian politician, born 13 June 1959. He was elected the fifth President of Romania on 16 November 2014 (age 55). He became leader of the National Liberal Party in 2014, after having served as leader of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania from 2002 to 2013.

November 17, 2014

BAWAG PSK Bank Sets-up London Branch Office

BAWAG PSK, the Cerberus and Golden Tree majority-owned Austrian bank, recently opened a branch office in London to help develop "its international business franchise", i.e. corporate finance, specialty finance and commercial real estate finance, Bawag's interim report Q3 2014 shows.

November 13, 2014

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Quarterly Report

Atrium European Real Estate Limited is declaring the following financial reports below.

November 12, 2014

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / THIRD QUARTER 2014 RESULTS SHOW CONTINUED STRONG PERFORMANCE

Atrium European Real Estate Limited, the owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, announces its interim results for the third quarter and nine months ended 30 September 2014.

November 12, 2014

World Leaders Met in Vienna to Adopt 10 Year Action-Plan for Landlocked Developing Countries

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a 10 year action-plan aimed at accelerating sustainable development in the world’s 32 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs). A Business and Investment Forum was organized as an integral part of the 2nd United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries with the aim of exchanging views on the challenges and opportunities faced by LLDCs and to discuss possible partnerships and strategies in regards to the role of the private sector in the overall sustainable development of LLDCs. Also, Conchita Wurst performed live at the UN in Vienna for tolerance and mutual respect.

November 7, 2014

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / ATRIUM ACQUIRES AFI PALÁC PARDUBICE IN CZECH REPUBLIC FOR EUR 83 MILLION

Atrium European Real Estate Limited, a leading owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that it has acquired the AFI Palác shopping centre in Pardubice, Czech Republic, from AFI Europe N.V. for a consideration of EUR 83 million.

November 6, 2014

UN's Lakshmi Puri on Enhancing Women's Share in Peace and Security: "This is a historic moment!"

At the Austrian Parliament a high-level panel of international politicians and prominent activists have discussed significant achievements and major obstacles in the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda. The speakers included Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, Ursula Plassnik, former Austrian Foreign Minister, Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, May Chidiac of the Chidiac Foundation and Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee Member.

November 4, 2014

Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Notice of third quarter results

Atrium European Real Estate, a owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, will announce results for the quarter and nine months ended 30 September 2014, on Wednesday 12 November 2014.

November 3, 2014

EANS-Total Voting Rights: Atrium European Real Estate Limited / Release according to article 93 BörseG

Atrium European Real Estate Limited AG hereby announces that at the end of the month October 2014 the number of voting rights amounts to a total of 375354863 voting rights.

October 31, 2014

Verbund Withdraws from Bulgaria

Verbund withdraws from Bulgaria by selling its 16 MW wind farm on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast to Inwind Sp Ltd, a project company of Bulgarian Inovent Holding AD. The transaction is scheduled to close by the end of 2014. Both companies agreed on not disclosing any financial details of the transaction.

October 30, 2014

Who is Private Equity Investor Advent International?

Advent International is an American global private equity firm focused on buyouts of companies in Western and Central Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on international buyouts, growth and strategic restructuring in five core sectors. In 2008 the firm raised an additional €1 billion for investments in Central and Eastern Europe. Advent has acquired a number of companies in Central and Eastern Europe through its dedicated regional funds. These include Romanian Ceramica IASI, one of Romania’s leading ceramic bricks and clay roof tiles producers, Bolix, a leading Polish producer of construction chemicals, Dufa Deutek, Romania’s largest decorative paints producer, and LaborMed Pharma, which manufactures and distributes generic pharmaceuticals primarily for cardiovascular and central nervous system aliments, and now Hypo Group Alpe Adria's Balkan assets.

October 30, 2014

Axel Hummel Appointed CEO of Sberbank Europe

Sberbank Europe AG announces the appointment of Axel Hummel as its new CEO, following the resignation of Mark Arnold. The appointment is effective 22 October 2014, subject to regulatory approval. Sberbank Europe AG is based in Vienna.

October 27, 2014

Strabag Consortium Builds € 300 Mln Eisack River Undercrossing for Brenner Base Tunnel

The construction group Strabag, in a consortium with the Italian construction companies Salini Impregilo, Consorzio Cooperative Costruzioni CCC and Collini Lavori, signed the € 300 million contract to build the Eisack Undercrossing section of the Brenner Base Tunnel.

October 24, 2014

India to Emerge KTM Production Hub by Year End

India is on the cusp of emerging as the lead production hub of Austrian motorcycle brand KTM with the four motorcycles manufactured at the Chakan plant poised to outsell super-sports and off-road bikes rolling out of the Mattighofen facility in Austria.

October 23, 2014