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Bilateral Relations between Middle Eastern Countries and Austria

KapschTrafficCom Still Struggling in South Africa

The South African government cannot start the project since the state-controlled toll company is already in desperate straits. Further financial aids are not in sight.

July 25, 2013

OMV to Shut Down Production in Libya

Statement on OMV’s production in Libya.

July 11, 2013

Austria: Deputy Govenor of OeNB Suspended

Deputy Govenor of Austrian National Bank Duchatczek is suspected of bribery.

June 19, 2013

WKO Export Day in Vienna

On June 20, the Export Day (Exporttag) of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) will take place in Vienna. Economic delegates from all over the world will be present.

June 8, 2013

Austria Pulling Back Peacekeepers from Syria-Israel Border

Austria announced to pull back its around 380 peacekeepers from the 1,000-strong UN force out of the Golan from the UNDOF mission after grave incidents occurred in Syria.

June 7, 2013

World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2013

Dead Sea, Jordan 24-26 May 2013. Advancing Conditions for Growth and Resilience

April 29, 2013

“Business development focus in solid Austrian ties to Qatar”

Austrian State Secretary meets the Emir of Qatar and Qatar’s Foreign Affairs State Secretary for working discussions.

March 1, 2013

Strabag to Return to Libya

Because of the war in 2011, the Austrian construction group withdrew from Libya. In total, 1,500 workers were employed in Libya.

February 23, 2013

“Mali to receive support from EU and Austria”

Development Ministers consult on new European development framework in Dublin.

February 13, 2013

Benko Establishes Joint Venture with Israeli Investor

The Austrian real estate investor René Benko has found a partner. The joint venture will focus on commercial properties in Germany.

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

"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

"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

“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

OMV: Libyan Output at Pre-War Level

The Austrian oil company could increase its oil production in the second quarter. OMV has to register extraordinary expenses of € 170m.

July 20, 2012

OMV Resumes Production Works in Yemen

The Austrian oil and gas group may get oil from Yemen soon. In Bulgaria, OMV participates in exploitation works.

July 17, 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

Libya: Austrian Companies Face Losses of € 200m

Since the attacks against Libya in 2011, the damage for Austrian companies operating in Libya total € 200m. Major projects had to be postponed.

July 4, 2012

OMV and Wintershall Sign Upstream Agreement with ADNOC

OMV and Wintershall will appraise the sour gas and condensate field in Shuwaihat in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. OMV´s CEO Gerhard Roiss sees strengthened relations with the United Arab Emirates.

June 21, 2012

„Nabucco Will Die A Hundred Times“

OMV´s CEO Gerhard Roiss promotes the new „Nabucco West“ project and underlines the high probability of success.

June 14, 2012

Erne Fittings First Austrian 100% Ownership in Saudi-Arabia

Erne buys a 50% share from the former joint venture company Mada in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

June 4, 2012

Pecik Finds New Partner

The Austrian investor and second-largest shareholder of Telekom Austria is said to cooperate with a Russian billionaire.

June 1, 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

Austrian Enterprises Participate in Reconstruction in Libya

AWO Austria initiated a market sounding journey to Tripoli. “Enterprises must be at the face before the rush begins.”

May 22, 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

Global Demand for Solar Technology from Austria

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is currently home to the world's largest solar thermal plant. The technology behind this plant came from Austria.

May 8, 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

OMV Raises Production

Due to the economic recovery in Libya, the Austrian oil and gas group OMV increased Oil production.

April 24, 2012

Austrian Trade Mission 2012: “A Big Success”

With their trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Austrian companies are highly satisfied.

April 5, 2012

Meeting between Saudi Monarchy and Austrian Embassy

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

March 20, 2012

Austria Benefits from Economic Boom in Saudi Arabia

An Austrian trade delegation is looking for Saudi partners. This year, the bilateral trade volume is expected to exceed € 1.0bn again.

March 14, 2012

IPIC Intends Further Increase in OMV

The second core shareholder of OMV, the Arab state fund International Petroleum Investment Company, which is situated in Abu Dhabi, plans another rise in its shareholding.

March 8, 2012

Eder: „Environmental Policy Endangers Economy“

Voestalpine´s CEO criticizes environmental specifications made by EU and domestic politics. Eder sees the danger of a de-industrialization.

March 5, 2012

New Riyadh Sewage Plant With Austrian Technology

Saudi Arabia's Minister signs contract over 80 Mio $ sewage purification plant. ILF participates in the awarded consortium.

March 5, 2012

Negative Operating Results for Kapsch TrafficCom

Due to delays in two major projects, the Austria toll collection system supplier recorded operating losses in the third quarter of 2011/12. Revenues were up massively.

February 29, 2012

Rosenbauer Has Good Prospects

The Austrian producer of fire fighting vehicles has full order books. In 2012, CEO Dieter Siegel expects a new record in sales.

February 24, 2012

Pecik is Said to Enter AMAG

The Austrian investor, who holds a 20% stake in Telekom Austria, seems to be interested in the Austrian aluminum producer AMAG

February 23, 2012

Lower Sales at Rosenbauer

The Austrian producer of fire fighting vehicles registered a 9% decrease in revenues. EBIT was down by 17%, order intake was up by 66%. Basic capacity utilization secured until 2014.

February 22, 2012

AUA Attempts to Prevent FlyNiki to Approach Tel Aviv

Austrian Airlines files a complaint against FlyNiki at the Austrian

February 18, 2012

Voestalpine Amends Expansion Plans

The Austrian steel producer intends to use its technologic leadership in the automotive component business for further expansion steps.

February 18, 2012

AUA to Withdraw from Mumbai

Due to the increasing price pressure, Austrian Airlines has to focus on new markets. New target markets are Eastern Europe and the Middle East region.

February 13, 2012

Rising Production at OMV

Due to the resumption of works in Libya, the Austrian oil and gas group announces rising production volumes and slightly improving refining margins.

February 3, 2012

Austria Increasingly Popular for Arab Tourists

In 2011, Austria registered 580,600 guest nights by Arab tourists. Hence, Austria exceeded Switzerland as touristic destination.

January 25, 2012

“Europe, quo vadis?”

Today, the 9th Vienna Congress com•sult takes place in Vienna. The central issue “Challenges of Leadership in Europe” is discussed, among others, by Lech Walesa, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Avigdor Liberman.

January 24, 2012

Asamer Returns to Libya

The Austrian manufacturer of building material aims for catching up the lost year 2011 in Libya.

January 23, 2012

OMV: Libyan Oil Production at 60% of Pre-War Level

The Austrian OMV produces 19,000 barrels per day in Libya. Production can be improved steadily. A Romanian refinery will be sold to the Romanian state.

January 13, 2012

Immofinanz Closes Leasing Contract With Leonardo Hotels

The Austrian real estate group enters an agreement with the German subsidiary of the Israeli Fattal International Hotel Chain.

January 9, 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

Andritz Receives Major Order from Egypt

The Austrian technology group will supply the equipment for a hydropower plant on the River Nile. The order volume is € 107m.

December 22, 2011
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