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Andritz Lands Major Contract With Mondi

Andritz to support Mondi’s program for energy optimization and environmental protection with supply of state of the art plants and technologies

March 12, 2013

Lithuania: Exports Decreased by 7.6 % in January

Foreign trade in January 2013 decreased. Major losses in Agricultural sector.

March 8, 2013

Bulgaria/Romania: Schengen-Entry Postponed

The two countries will not become part of the Schengen-zone in 2013. EU interior ministers meet to discuss problem of “social tourism”.

March 7, 2013

Tax Deal with Liechtenstein: Austria Expects Substantial Tax Intake

Austria and its small neighbor country Liechtenstein will sign a tax deal. The treaty between Switzerland and Austria is a role model.

January 24, 2013

Hungary Wants Tax Treaty with Switzerland, Germany and Austria

Hungary tries to levy a lump sum tax on deposits of Hungarian nationals in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the UK and Cyprus.

January 17, 2013

Heineken Shuts Down Viennese Headquarters

The Dutch beer producer shifts its CEE-headquarters from Vienna to Amsterdam.

January 14, 2013

OMV: Final Investment Decision for Aasta Hansteen Gas Field

World’s largest floating spar platform in the Northern Norwegian Sea: Final investment decision taken to develop the promising Aasta Hansteen gas field including new pipeline infrastructure.

January 9, 2013

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

Hypo Group Sold AluFlexPack to MTC

After months of negotiations, the Austrian nationalized bank sold the Croatian aluminum company to the Switzerland-based Montana Tech Components.

November 30, 2012

Austrian Gold Stored in UK

80% of Austria´s gold reserves are stored in the U.K. Only 17% of the reserves are kept in Austria.

November 24, 2012

New Record Results for Montana Tech Components

The Switzerland-based industrial group Montana Tech Components AG (MTC-Group) recorded an increase in turnover by 10%. EBITDA was up by 33%.

November 23, 2012

Conference on European Economic Integration

Bank of Finland and Oesterreichische Nationalbank to organise a Conference on European Economic Integration in Helsinki.

November 23, 2012

Treichl: Austria Should Cooperate with CEE Countries

Erste Group´s CEO Andreas Treichl thinks that CEE countries and Austria should create a model region in Europe like the Scandinavian countries did.

November 16, 2012

Borealis to Acquire Dutch DEXPlastomers

The Austrian chemical group expands into the Netherlands.

November 12, 2012

RHI Opens Largest Raw Material Fusion Plant

Largest on-shore investment in Norway. Independence from Asian imports strengthened.

November 9, 2012

Palfinger Takes Over Norwegian Bergen Group Dreggen

The Austrian crane manufacturer today announced that it has agreed to take over Bergen Group Dreggen AS, a Norwegian producer of marine and offshore cranes and lifting equipment.

October 30, 2012

OMV Signs Major Oil Acquisition in Norway

“A further important move to establish Norway as core country in OMV’s Exploration and Production portfolio”: The Austrian oil group acquires a 20% stake in the Edvard Grieg oil field development from RWE.

October 16, 2012

Poland´s Komorowski: “Strong Swiss Franc Causes Problems”

On the occasion of a visit in Switzerland, the Polish President Bronislav Komorowski explained that the strong Swiss franc is a problem for both countries.

October 5, 2012

Tax Deal with Switzerland: No Referendum

The opponents of the treaty between Austria and Switzerland could not collect enough votes. About 47,500 signatures could be collected.

October 2, 2012

Austrian Tax Deal with Switzerland Wobbles

The citizens´ movement in Switzerland has collected enough signatures in order to hold a popular vote on the tax deal with Austria.

September 25, 2012

Telekom Austria Considers Partnership With Dutch KPN

At the beginning of December, Telekom Austria´s CEO Hannes Ametsreiter will present a common strategy with Dutch KPN. In meantime, synergies should be found.

August 29, 2012

Nokia Moves from Vienna to Budapest

The Finnish cell-phone company regroups and shifts its sub-headquarters for the CEE region from Austria to Hungary.

August 20, 2012

Engineering Companies to Finland

Seven Austrian companies working in mechanical engineering are going to visit Tampere and Helsinki from September 19 to September 21 2012.

August 20, 2012

Does the Euro Collapse Now? (Part 2)

The nervousness among Europe´s leaders is growing. Not only Finland warns of a breakdown.

August 18, 2012

Does the Euro Collapse Now? (Part 1)

The nervousness among Europe´s leaders is growing. Not only Finland warns of a breakdown.

August 17, 2012

Foreign Currency Loans Decrasing

Foreign currency loans: One quarter of all Erste Bank customers have converted or switched loans with payment vehicles.

August 17, 2012

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

Tax Deal with Switzerland in Doubt

After a CD containing data of foreign tax evaders was bought by German authorities, Switzerland may hold a popular vote on the tax deal with Austria.

August 13, 2012

Ams: Revenue Growth Reached 66%

ams reports second quarter and first half results. EBIT was up remarkably.

July 24, 2012

Switzerland: Popular Vote on Tax Treaty with Austria?

The bilateral tax treaty should bring Austria up to € 1.0bn After the treaty is signed and ratified, a popular vote may prevent the deal now.

July 17, 2012

Botlek Lift Bridge: Major Order for Waagner-Biro

Waagner-Biro Bridge Systems AG has received de order for the drive system of "Botlek lift bridge" with a value of € 30m and has firmly established itself against well-known international competitors.

July 17, 2012

OMV Steps into Deep Water Gas Development in Northern Norwegian Sea

OMV acquires 15% stake in the Aasta Hansteen field development from ExxonMobil and increases its stake in the Norwegian Sea Gas Infrastructure project by 6.15%.

July 13, 2012

Fischer Wants to Check ESM

Austria´s Federal President Heinz Fischer does not sign the ESM approval by the Austrian Parliament yet. „I am not under time pressure.“ he says.

July 11, 2012

Stable Outlook for Austrian Industrial Sector

Austrian industrial enterprises expect production, order intake and employment tob e stable in the second half of 2012. The uncertainty remains.

July 11, 2012

Austrian Show Case „Engineering“ in Denmark

From 5. September 2012 to 6. September 2012, the Austrian consulting and engineering sector presents its knowledge and skills in Copenhagen.

June 29, 2012

Fiscal Pact More Expansive for Austria than for Germany

According to the latest calculations, small Eurozone member states would have to pay higher transfers than Germany.

June 26, 2012

Immofinanz Expands into Netherlands

With the acquisition of a property in the Dutch city of Den Bosch during mid-June, the Austrian real estate Group has further expanded its self-storage portfolio.

June 26, 2012

Fekter Promotes Financial Transaction Tax

There was no agreement on a common financial transaction tax in all EU member states. Austria´s Finance Minister Fekter wants to introduce the tax in a group of countries instead.

June 23, 2012

Green Party: ESM Approval Depends on Financial Transaction Tax

The Austrian Green party will only vote for the ESM if there is a basic consent for the financial transaction tax.

June 22, 2012

„Austria Must Not Become Mediocre“

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) and the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) call for an acceleration of reforms as the Austrian position in competitive rankings deteriorates.

June 18, 2012

Euris Interested in Croatian TLM-TVP

The Austrian aluminum trader Euris shows interest in the Croatian aluminum rolling mill. Austrian Hypo Group is the seller, the Swiss Montana Tech Components is still a potential buyer.

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

Montana Tech Components Achieves Record Results

The Swiss-based MTC Group could reach a new record in revenues and earnings.

June 16, 2012

Austrian Foreign Currency Loan Level Declining

FMA Q1 2012 Quarterly Survey on Changes in Foreign Currency Loans: Volume of outstanding FX loans continues long-term fall.

June 13, 2012

Austria Stresses Balance Between Growth and Austerity

At the negotiations on the EU financial plan 2014 – 2020 in Denmark, Austria proposes to establish a growth fund accessible to SMEs.

June 13, 2012

Andritz Biomass Plant Opened in Sweden

The operation of Andritz' third biomass power plant in Sweden has been successfully transferred to its owner, Bollnäs Energi, during a celebration on 25 May 2012.

June 6, 2012

Slow Growth in Austrian Foreign Trade

January to March 2012: small increase in imports (2.3%) and exports (2.8%).

June 6, 2012

Austrian Furniture Industry Increases its Exports

In 2011, the total production of the Austrian furniture industry decreased by 3.3 percent to close to € 2.3bn according to the latest figures.

June 6, 2012

Alpine: Major Contract in Norway

The Austrian construction company gained another contract in Norway. The contract value amounts to € 170m.

May 31, 2012

The Euro - A Big Error (Part 4)

The common currency did not create convergence, but widened the gap between Northern and Southern Eurozone member states.

May 31, 2012