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Spindelegger Hopes for “Speedy Conclusion of Free Trade Treaty”

Following the speech by US President Barack Obama, Austria´s Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger hopes that negotiations on a free trade area between Europe and the US will be initiated shortly.

February 14, 2013

“Mali to receive support from EU and Austria”

Development Ministers consult on new European development framework in Dublin.

February 13, 2013

Spindelegger: “Acceptable Result for Austria”

“For Austria, this result is not exactly a reason to be euphoric, but it is important both for Europe and for us that we have managed to reach an agreement.” Austria´s Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

February 12, 2013

Erdogan Praises Slovakia´s Support for Turkey

Turkey´s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his gratitude to his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico for Slovekia´s support for Turkey´s EU membership.

February 9, 2013

Dispute Between Croatia and Slovenia Solved

Regarding the Slovenian banking group NLB, the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs and his Croatian counterpart have found a compromise.

February 7, 2013

Erdogan Met Orban in Budapest

Turkey´s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban in Budapest. Orban praised the success of Turkey´s government.

February 6, 2013

Necas Supports Turkish EU Membership

On the occasion of Prime Minister Erdogan´s visit in Prague, his Czech counterpart Necas assured to support Turkey´s candidacy.

February 6, 2013

Erdogan Considers Joining „Shanghai Five“

Turkey´s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan increases the pressure on the EU. He considers a political re-orientation towards the east.

February 1, 2013

Slovakia and Austria to Put more Effort in Coordination for EU Issues

20 years of diplomatic relations between Austria and Slovakia.

February 1, 2013

“Using the location Vienna as a bridge between the EU and Latin America”

Austrian State Secretary calls for cooperation in security issues and sustainable energy at the international organisations headquarters in Vienna.

January 28, 2013

Erdogan to Visit Hungary

Turkey´s Prime Minister will come to Hungary in February.

January 26, 2013

"Economic boom in Peru opens up opportunities for closer cooperation"

Great interest in Austrian tourism and urban development expertise.

January 25, 2013

Spindelegger Criticizes Cameron

Austria´s Foreign Minister: "Not cherry picking but more Europe is the key".

January 23, 2013

“Costs of non-enlargement of the EU would be high”

Austrian Foreign Ministry wants discussion about more involvement of EU citizens in EU policy.

January 22, 2013

“Strict rules and monitoring mechanisms for a healthy Europe”

Austria´s State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka discusses EU financial matters with Czech State Secretary Vojtech Belling.

January 16, 2013

"We invite the African Union to open an office in Vienna"

"Austria invites the African Union to establish an office in Vienna in the year marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union.” Austrian State Secretary Lopatka says.

January 15, 2013

Slovakia Wants to Strengthen Co-Operation with Austria

After a meeting between Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and President of Austria´s National Council Barbara Prammer, both emphasized their willingness to realize more common projects in future.

January 14, 2013

Serbia: Time Pressure Grows

In order to become an EU-member, Serbia must present some substantial progress to Brussels.

January 14, 2013

Klaus Meets Merkel

Czech President Vaclav Klaus wants to persuade Merkel to stop the integration process in the EU.

January 10, 2013

EU Accession: Turkey Shows Self-Confidence

Turkey puts further pressure on Brussels. Until 2023, Turkey wants to become a EU member country.

January 4, 2013

“Eurobonds Are Wrong Signal”

2013 - After crisis management it is now time to tackle issues of the future, Austria´s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.

December 31, 2012

Switzerland Ratifies Tax Treaty with Austria

Switzerland has approved the tax deal with Austria and the UK. The treaty will come into force by January 2013.

December 20, 2012

Austrian Government Adopts new Development Programme

The Ministerial Council today adopted the three-year programme of Austrian development cooperation for the period 2013 - 2015. "

December 19, 2012

"Austria pushes international development agenda ahead"

Austrian State Secretary discusses continuation of the Rio process with UN Under-Secretary General.

December 18, 2012

Ponta to Remain as Prime Minister

Despite heavy dispute with Ponta, Romania´s President Traian Basescu announced to swear him as Prime Minister. Basescu has no other choice.

December 17, 2012

Austria in Favour of Initiating Accession Negotiations with Macedonia

Austria´s State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka speaks at General Affairs Council in Brussels.

December 12, 2012

Vienna Aims to Become UN's Energy Hub

New UN Office for Sustainable Energy will be opened in Vienna.

December 12, 2012

Gasparovic Meets Klaus

The Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic was officially received by his Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus.

December 11, 2012

Turkey: „The EU Needs Us“

On the occasion of a visit in Hungary, Turkey´s Minister of European Affairs Egemen Bagis argued that the EU would benefit from Turkey´s accession.

December 11, 2012

Southeast Europe Agrees on Growth Strategy

In order to meet the 2020 growth strategy of the EU, the Balkan countries plan to co-operate more closely. Turkey and Bulgaria emphasize their good relations.

December 8, 2012

"Increasing polarisation in Egypt puts the country's development at stake"

Austria´s Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger is concerned about latest development in Egypt.

December 6, 2012

Fischer Meets Kirchner

The Austrian President Heinz Fischer has started his state visit in Argentina.

December 3, 2012

"Croatia on the final stretch towards EU membership"

Austrian State Secretary encourages Zagreb to take final steps of reform.

November 30, 2012

"Foreign policy means security policy"

Vice-Chancellor explains Austria's foreign policy commitment in his annual address at the UNA-Austria and demands global nuclear disarmament.

November 28, 2012

Austria and France Develop European Alpine Strategy

Austria´s State Secretary Lopatka discussed current issues of European policy with Minister of European Affairs Cazeneuve and Minister of Development Cooperation Canfin in Paris on 23 November

November 27, 2012

"There is no alternative to intercultural and interreligious dialogue"

UN Secretary General and high-ranking political representatives and religious leaders attend the opening of the new Dialogue Centre in Vienna.

November 27, 2012

"Austria remains a reliable partner for Albania on its way towards the EU"

Austria´s Vice-Chancellor Spindelegger at the opening of the Skanderbeg exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence and 20 years of Austrian development cooperation in Albania

November 26, 2012

“South Tyrolean autonomy must not be undermined”

State Secretary outlines Austria’s position to a delegation of the South Tyrolean Parliament

November 26, 2012

“We shall maintain tough position on EU budget until the very end”

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Spindelegger: “unambiguous about Austria’s position on EU financial framework“.

November 22, 2012

“Austria is a committed partner in the security field”

Austrian Foreign Ministry: New security threats and regional conflicts discussed with Russian National Security Advisor.

November 16, 2012

“Intensifying the dialogue between the EU and the Arab League"

Austria´s Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger at the meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League and the EU in Cairo

November 14, 2012

"Important step towards opening the Nigerian export market"

Austria concludes investment protection agreement with Nigeria.

November 13, 2012

Spindelegger: “Mongolia is a country with huge potential“

The Austrian Minister Minister of Foreign Affairs receives his Mongolian counterpart in Vienna

October 23, 2012

Spindelegger in Romania: “Strategic interest in stable domestic conditions”

The Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs meets Traian Basescu, President of Romania

October 17, 2012

Spindelegger: Alpine Regions Should Co-Operate

Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs calls for closer cooperation between the Alpine states.

October 15, 2012

Austrian Foreign Ministry Wants “Better coordination for development cooperation”

"No single country can solve all the major problems of our time alone", Austrian State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said at the "Development Dialogue" event in Parliament today.

October 12, 2012

"Serbia can count on Austria to be its partner"

The Austrian State Secretary encourages Serbia to embark on pro-European course.

October 5, 2012

Spindelegger: "Political progress more urgently needed than ever before"

Austria´s Minister of Foreign Affairs meets President of the Palestinian National Authority Abbas and the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates in New York.

September 27, 2012

“European Union Not Endangered”

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger defends the euro at the renowned US university Harvard and emphasises Austria’s performance on the international stage

September 26, 2012

Austrian State Secretary meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Titov in Moscow

Lopatka “Relations with Moscow are rooted in solid ground in all fields and are continuously expanded”

September 24, 2012