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Danube Region Business Forum - Infrastructure and Its Implications on Business in CEE and SEE

The Danube Region is one of the traditionally important markets for Central European regions and companies. However, the infrastructure of this region does not yet meet the requirements of the economy. The 8th Danube Region Business Forum will take place on 9 October 2018 at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna. The aim of the forum is to ensure that the infrastructural quality and cooperations in the region meet the requirements of the economy.

October 3, 2018

Port of Vienna as International Trimodal Logistics Hub for Water, Rail and Road

Peter Hanke, City Councillor for Economic Affairs, together with Doris Rechberg-Missbichler, Managing Director of Wien Holding, and Fritz Lehr and Doris Pulker-Rohrhofer, Managing Directors of the Port of Vienna, presented the balance sheet of the Port of Vienna for the year 2017. Turnover amounts to 58.1 million euros (+2.3%), earnings before taxes 14.8 million euros (+16.5%).

September 14, 2018

EU to Crack Down on Postal Rip-Offs including Austrian Post

The FT reports that Brussels is preparing a regulatory crackdown against rip-off pricing by national postal operators on cross-border parcel deliveries. According to a study, cross-border parcel deliveries are often five times more expensive than identical trips on the domestic market. While the price of a standard 2 kg parcel delivery in Austria with the national postal operator is €4.44, to have that same parcel send to neighbouring Italy would cost €14. Sending the same parcel back from Italy to Austria will rise to €25. In order to connect the common market, the EU wants to develop the potential of e-commerce and to boost cross-border trade. According to the FT, a spokeswoman of the European Commission said that early next year the Commission will “launch measures to enhance price transparency and regulatory oversight” of the European parcel delivery market.

December 22, 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

New Post Logistics Center Opens in Upper Austria

Listed postal service provider Post AG has officially inaugurated the new logistics centre in Allhaming, Upper Austria. Built for EUR 50 million (USD 64 million) and used since the beginning of August instead of the centre located at the Linz main train station, it has been designed for daily up to 1.6 million letters and 100,000 packages. Some 650 employees work in the new post office near the motorway Westautobahn. Various political officials participated in the inauguration.

October 17, 2014

Transport & Logistics - DB Schenker Opens New Logistics Center in Belgrade

DB Schenker will be moving into a new logistics center near Belgrade/Serbia at the beginning of 2015. The center will offer customers the technology for specialized logistics solutions.

August 29, 2014

Austrian Export Award 2014 for Above-Average Export Commitment

As part of a festive gala evening in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the Austrian Export Prize 2014 has been awarded by the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, and the President of the Economic Chamber Austria (WKO) Christoph Leitl.

June 26, 2014

Transport & Logistics - DB Schenker to Expand its Operations in Croatia

Simultaneously with the accession of Croatia into the EU, and thus the abolition of customs borders between Croatia and the EU countries, Schenker positions itself on that market as a potential logistics partner.

September 3, 2013 · Sponsored Content

Zagreb: In-depth Analysis of SEE Infrastructure Development Plans

Many countries of Southeast Europe are outlining ambitious infrastructure development plans within transport, social, energy and environmental projects.

June 1, 2013

Vienna: Infrastructure & Construction Summit Brings Together All Balkan Countries

Government ministers from Austria and various Balkan countries will be discussing infrastructure and construction in the region at a two-day summit in Vienna at the end of May.

April 30, 2013 · Sponsored Content

New opportunities for Lithuanian and Turkish business

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with Turkish leader Abdullah Gül opened the Lithuania-Turkey business forum.

April 4, 2013

Gazprom to Absorb Romanian Bunkering Operator

Gazprom affiliate Neft Marine Bunker LLC has acquired Romanian Marine Bunker Balkan.

April 3, 2013

Hungary: Percentage of Foreign Direct Investments in Decline

Foreign Direct Investments in 2012 was 5.2 % less than in 2011. According to the statistical central office in Hungary (KSH), the drop in the last quarter showed even -7.9 %. Massive declines in almost all sectors.

March 4, 2013

Poland as European Logistics Hub

Real estate analysts predict that Poland will become Europe´s logistics hub in 2020.

September 1, 2012

Freight on Danube is Decreasing

Due to a lower water level, freight transport volume on the river Danube decreased by 10% in 2011.

March 29, 2012

New Record at Vienna Port

The Viennese port registered a new record in 2011. This year, already 400,000 containers were shipped by the subsidiary WienCont.

December 8, 2011

Dismal Prospects for Austrian Transport Industry

In spite of satisfying results this year, the domestic transport industry expects worsening conditions in 2012.

November 21, 2011

Moderate Earnings Increase for Austrian Post

Revenue up 1.6% from the previous year on a comparable basis. EBIT goes up by 7.6% to € 48.8m. EBITDA margin amounts to 12.4%

May 13, 2011

Shipping on the Danube is Far Below its Potential

Capacities are only being utilized in modest proportions on Austria’s main waterway. Investments in expansion would be necessary.

April 23, 2011

Vienna Harbour is Cooperating with the Port of the Emirate of Sharjah

In future, the ports of Vienna and the Emirate of Sharjah intend to cooperate more strongly. An agreement to this end was signed on Monday at the port of Vienna.

April 14, 2011

Importance of Danube as Transport Route Increases

Freight transport volume on the river Danube increased by 18.6% in 2010. Goods receipt rose by 25.4%.

April 1, 2011

Post and Bawag Join Branches

BAWAG PSK and the Post have agreed to work together more closely. BAWAG branches and larger post offices will offer in future both postal and banking services.

October 13, 2010

Coface CEE Top 500 - Poland Largest Number of Companies in CEE

Poland has the largest number of companies in the Central and Eastern Europe Top 500 with 28.4%. Hungary ranks second with 16.6%, overtaking the Czech Republic, which is home for 13.8% of the CEE Top 500.

October 12, 2010

Rail Cargo Austria :End of Losses Not in Sight

The losses of the ÖBB subsidiary Rail Cargo Austria rise to at least 200 million euro The end is far away. Lay offs and restructuring are necessary.

October 7, 2010

Post Boss Pölzl 3 Months prior to the Liberalization

Post Boss Pölzl allegedly looks ahead with confidence to free competition, even for traditional letters.

October 1, 2010

Vienna now has its own Expat Center

In Vienna, the first Expat Center in Austria was opened. The project was handled by the Vienna Business Agency (former WWFF).

September 30, 2010

Martin Schlaff: Acquisition of Several Latvian Oil Transport Companies Planned

After four years of delay Schlaff is reported to be planning the takeover of several Latvian transport companies.

September 20, 2010

Austria's Management and Supervisory Boards’ Salaries on the Test Bench

The partly state-run OMV had the most expensive board of all Austrian corporations in 2009. In total, the oil company spent 10.2 million euro on its bosses, 23.4% more than the previous year.

September 20, 2010

Swiss Post International is Not Interested in the Austrian Mail Business

According to its Austrian CEO, Georg Weidinger, the state-run Swiss Post is not one of the future competitors of the Post AG in the mail business,

September 20, 2010

ÖIAG: ÖVP vs. SPÖ

Schieder and Rudas demand dissolution of the state holding ÖIAG, Finance Minister Pröll, on the other hand, wants to “strengthen” it.

September 17, 2010

Hypo Alpe Adria: Greek Entrepreneur Xeniadis Signals his Interest in Buying

The Greek businessman Vasileios Xeniadis is prepared to offer 1.35 billion euro for Hypo Alpe Adria.

September 16, 2010

Direct Connection with Kabul - Afghan Kam Air Lands in Vienna

The private Afghan airline Kam Air started with the direct flights Kabul-Vienna-Kabul.

September 16, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Costly Investment at Friedrichshafen Airport

The financial disaster relative to the new Skylink terminal, which will cost nearly one billion euro instead of 400 million, is certainly the biggest problem the airport’s top management is facing - but not the only big one anymore.

September 16, 2010

Austrian Post Refurbishes its Board

ÖIAG boss Peter Michaelis gives green light for the refurbishment of the Post’s board. Meanwhile, rumors are growing that the changes will not only affect the parcels sector.

September 16, 2010

OIAG to become an infrastructure holding

The OIAG aims to become an infrastructure holding company. The federal real estate company (BIG), Verbund (energy), Asfinag (infrastructure) and parts of the ÖBB (railway) will be slowly integrated in an ÖIAG structure.

July 23, 2010

Austrian Post boss Pölzl - No loss of customers, banking business is running normally

Post boss George Pölzl defends himself against allegations of the works council that Post is suffering of customer flight.

June 16, 2010

Austrian Post - Customers are leaving

Staff representative of the Austrian Postal Service sees the closure of branches as main reason for the negative results of Post.

June 15, 2010

Skylink-time and on budget-holding

Listed “Flughafen Wien” sticks to its initial statement that completion and commissioning of the terminal expansion Skylink will be expected in the first half of 2012.

June 10, 2010

Change at the ÖBB top - Kern replaces Klugar

The current Verbund manager Christian Kern takes over the top job of Peter Klugar at Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB).

June 7, 2010

Lauda wants to sue Republic of Austria

FlyNiki boss Niki Lauda wants to sue the aeronautical authorities of the Republic of Austria for damages because of the loss for his airline due to the bans as a result of the Icelandic ash cloud.

May 31, 2010

Lufthansa and AUA launch cargo subsidiary in Vienna

The two subsidiaries, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines (AUA) have established a joint cargo subsidiary in Vienna.

May 27, 2010

Austrian Airlines expands long-haul capacity

Austrian Airlines is expanding the long-haul capacity in its 2010/2011 Winter Schedule.

May 21, 2010

Austrian Post at a glance

The market environment faced by Austrian Post in the first quarter of 2010 continued to be difficult. Electronic substitution of letters is ongoing, as expected, whereas the advertising market is slowly improving.

May 20, 2010

Austrian Post with a 33.4 million profit in first quarter

The total revenue decreased by 1.6 per cent to €585.6m. Compared to last year 912 workers were fired. Future developments are hindered by difficult market situations.

May 20, 2010

Austrian commercial aviation - 2009 a difficult year

In 2009 commercial aviation registered 22,6m passengers (including transit), 2.1m less passengers (8.5 per cent) compared to 2008. Airfreight decreased by 2.5 per cent or 209,200.3 tonnes while air mail also declined by 10.1 per cent.

May 18, 2010