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Bilateral Relations between Middle Eastern Countries and Austria

"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

Pecik Extends Stake in Telekom Austria

The Austrian investor Ronny Pecik is told to become the largest shareholder in Telekom Austria. Up to 29% are possible.

December 20, 2011

Rosenbauer Wins Order worth € 245m in Saudi Arabia

The Austrian manufacturer of fire fighting vehicles has won the biggest order in the company’s history. 1,125 vehicles will be supplied.

December 16, 2011

Pecik to Enlarge Activities in Telekom

The new core shareholder of Telekom Austria, Ronny Pecik, plans to acquire further shares. He will enter the supervisory board.

December 14, 2011

KapschTrafficCom to Gain Order from Russia

The Austrian toll collect system supplier expects final announcement on the award of a Russian contract in two weeks.

December 5, 2011

OMV Raises Oil Production in Libya

The Austrian oil and gas company OMV receives already about 50% of the pre-war volume. However, a full recovery will need another twelve months.

December 3, 2011

OMV’s Shale Gas Test Drilling Will Cost € 130m

The Austrian energy group sees a 20 percent chance of success for production at the Lower Austrian gas field that was discovered last month.

December 2, 2011

Austrian Companies Return to Libya

OMV and Asamer have already resumed business, while Strabag is still evaluating damages.

November 30, 2011

Strabag Increased Revenue and Earnings after Nine Months

Revenue of the Austrian construction group was up by 9%. EBIT stood at € 208m – 8% higher than in 2010.

November 30, 2011

Kapsch TrafficCom Reports Strong Growth

Revenues of the Austrian toll system supplier increased by 90%, EBIT more than doubled in the first half of the fiscal year 2011/12.

November 23, 2011

Leitl Promotes Exports to BRICS-Countries

The President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Christoph Leitl, wants the exporting industries to focus more on Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

November 22, 2011

Increasing Earnings and Profits for Atrium

The Israeli, Vienna-listed real estate company published results for the third quarter. Profits before taxes went up by 39%.

November 15, 2011

OMV’s Performance Still Impacted by Libyan Production Shortfalls

The Austrian oil and gas company reported strong results for the first nine months of the year. Group EBIT was up by 11% year-on-year.

November 9, 2011