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Switzerland: „Austrian Tax Deal Will Withstand“

The Swiss Parliament´s President Hans Altherr thinks that the Swiss tax deal with Austria will withstand a popular vote.

August 16, 2012

Spindelegger: “EU human rights policy has been given a voice and face”

Austria’s Foreign Minister congratulates Stavros Lambrinidis on his appointment of EU Special Representative for Human Rights.

July 30, 2012

EU: "Growth without New Debt"

Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner at the General Affairs Council in Brussels: “Further intensive work on Europe in the next six months under Cypriot EU Presidency”

July 25, 2012

Austrian-Bulgarian Economic Forum

The event takes place on September 18, 2012 at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna.

July 23, 2012

“The time has come to design the EU of the 21st century”

„Europe – Quo Vadis?“ The Austrian Foreign State Secretary Waldner opens the Forum Europe in Styria with a keynote speech.

July 16, 2012

Large Saudi Delegation in Vienna

A memorandum of understanding in Austrian Federal Economic Chamber between the Austrian Republic and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be signed.

July 9, 2012

„Developing Our Traditionally Good Cooperation with Canada Further“

The Austrian State Secretary Waldner meets his Canadian counterpart Diane Ablonczy.

July 3, 2012

Austria´s Fischer Absolved State Visit in Armenia

The Austrian President Heinz Fischer met his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan. Both heads of states agreen on deepening economic and cultural relations.

June 28, 2012

Austrian Cultural Forum New York Holds First Fund Raising Concert

New York, 28 June 2012 - The Austrian Cultural Forum in New York is holding its first fund raising concert.

June 28, 2012

Spindelegger: „Austria Must Delegate Competencies“

The Austrian Vice Chancellor and chairman of ÖVP Michael Spindelegger wants the centralize the European Union.

June 27, 2012

EU Discusses Growth and Employment Pact

Austria´s State Secretary Waldner at the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg: „Putting and end to the negative spiral“.

June 27, 2012

Austria Appreciates Opening of Accession Negotiations

After the beginning of the accession negotiations with the EU, the Austrian government congratulates Montenegro.

June 26, 2012

Schwarzenberg: „Czech Republic Should be Europe´s Hard Core“

The Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs thinks that the Czech Republic should be among the EU´s core nations. This would be the only useful alternative for the country, Schwarzenberg says.

June 26, 2012

Austria and South Korea Celebrate 120 Years of Bilateral Relations

Austria´s Foreign Minister Spindelegger: "Relationships between South Korea and Austria better than ever".

June 26, 2012

Rio+20: Austria Promotes Sustainable Energy Strategy

State Secretary Waldner: „Austria’s many contributions help securing the long-term energy supply for the poorest countries“.

June 21, 2012

Austria Emphasizes South Tyrol´s Importance

Austria´s Foreign Minister Spindelegger: “South Tyrol is and will stay a constant factor in Austrian foreign policy”.

June 20, 2012

Mitterlehner: „Romania is an Important Trading Partner“

Austria´s Minister of Economic Reinhold Mitterlehner sees many business opportunities for Austrian enterprises in Romania. Above all, the energy sector is highly promising, Mitterlehner says.

June 18, 2012

Austria Stresses Support for Rio+20

State Secretary Waldner: “Rio+20 brings a real opportunity for our environment and sustainable development”

June 18, 2012

Tax Treaty with Switzerland Finally Confirmed

The second chamber oft he Swiss Parliament approved the tax deal with Austria, Germany and the U.K.

June 16, 2012

Orban Defends Hungarian Economic Policy

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Austrian policymakers in Vienna. The Hungarian bank tax should be replaced by a financial transaction tax.

June 13, 2012

Austria to Strengthen Cooperation with Baltic States

Austrian State Secretary meets the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament and underlines Latvia´s successful austerity course.

June 12, 2012

Austria Promotes Political Cooperation in Black Sea Region

Conference in Tbilisi discusses issues of management of institutional administration and rule of law.

June 11, 2012

Austria to Expand Relations with Cyprus

Federal President Fischer and WKO´s President Leitl accomodated the Cypriot-Austrian Business Forum. Economic relations show potential for expansion and further development.

June 4, 2012

Spindelegger: “Great respect for future-oriented decision taken by Ireland”

The Austrian Vice Chancellor congratulates his Irish colleague Eamon Gilmore on the outcome of the referendum.

June 4, 2012

Switzerland Ratifies Tax Treaty with Austria

The Swiss National Council approved the tax deal with Austria. Illegal funds of Austrian nationals in Switzerland will be taxed.

May 30, 2012

Austrian Proposal for EU Growth and Innovation Fund

In-depth discussion at the General Affairs Council on the multi-annual financial framework of the EU. Austria pushes for more economizations.

May 30, 2012

Spindelegger: „The Reform Process has Become Unstoppable“

42nd Viennese seminar of the International Peace Institute on the Arab Spring: Austria´s Foreign Minister is optimistic for the Arab community.

May 29, 2012

Saudi-Austrian Forum in Vienna

Saudi Arabia and Austria celebrated the 55th anniversary of Saudi-Austrian relations. Foreign trade is growing substantially.

May 14, 2012

Austria Emphasizes Importance of Partnership with Russia

Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Titov.

May 8, 2012

Spindelegger Calls for “More Europe” for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina must still do some homework in order to be able to apply for EU membership still this year, the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs says.

May 4, 2012

Austria Strengthens Political and Economic Cooperation with South Asia

The Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner attends 19th EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Brunei.

April 30, 2012

Spindelegger Appeals Israel and Palestine to End the Conflict

Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Idle run in Middle East increases extremist danger for the region”

April 26, 2012

“Russia now among top 10 Austrian Trading Partners”

Austrian Foreign Minister Spindelegger meets with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Zubkov.

April 25, 2012

Austria Wants to Raise Efficiency in EU Funds

The Austrian State Secretary Waldner participates in the negotiations of the EU financial framework 2014-2020 and calls for setting a regional and environmental course.

April 25, 2012

Waldner: “Germany and Austria are Role Models in the Eurozone“

The Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner had a work meeting today with his colleague in the German Federal Foreign Office, Minister of State Michael Link.

April 23, 2012

Waldner Wants Closer Cooperation with Spain

Austrian State Secretary Waldner is meeting his counterpart in the Spanish Foreign Ministry, State Secretary Gonzalo de Benito Secades, and EU State Secretary Inigo Mendez de Vigo today.

April 19, 2012

Waldner: “Serbia Needs to Continue its Approach to the EU Unwaveringly”

Wolfgang Waldner, Austrian State Secretary is on a working visit in Belgrade.

April 12, 2012

Tax Treaty with Switzerland Close to be Finished

Austria aims for reach a tax agreement with Switzerland in order to tax illegal funds deposited by Austrian nationals at Swiss banks. An agreement seems to be within reach.

April 11, 2012

EU Financial Framework Negotiations Enter the Hot Phase

State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner underlines Austria´s position as net contributor at the General Affairs Council in Brussels.

March 27, 2012

Meeting between Saudi Monarchy and Austrian Embassy

The Austrian ambassador presented Investment opportunities to Saudia Arabia´s Prince Alwaleed.

March 20, 2012

Austria Underlines South Tyrol´s Autonomy

Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner on working visit in South Tyrol. Austria suggests an “Alpine Strategy”.

March 19, 2012

“The Czech Republic Has Traditionally Been an Important Partner for Austria”

Austrian State Secretary Waldner meets Czech EU State Secretary Belling.

March 19, 2012

Austria Is Concerned About UK´s Human Rights Reform

UK´s Prime Minister David Cameron intends to reform the European Court of Human Rights. Austria said it had “serious concerns” about his ideas.

March 14, 2012

Leitl Welcomes Medvedev's Idea for a European-Russian Economic Area

Closer cooperation between the EU and Russia would "stabilize economic and social development". Austria's foreign trade with Russia is flourishing.

January 28, 2011

Austria: The Gateway to Central Asia?

Leading Austrian politicians intend to attract attention at the World Economic Forum to what promises to be a new target region.

January 26, 2011

Spindelegger: Turkey's Joining the EU Will Not Happen Before 2024

In an interview with the "Wirtschaftsblatt", the Austrian Foreign Minister stresses the relevance of Turkey. Croatia should come into the EU much earlier EU.

December 29, 2010

Walter Grahammer Becomes the New Austrian Ambassador in Brussels

Previously, Grahammer acted as Head in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

November 24, 2010