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Früherer Botschafter und Politischer Direktor im Außenministerium Walter Siegl Verstorben

Das österreichische Außenministerium trauert um Botschafter im Ruhestand Walter Siegl.

July 19, 2019

Austrian Top Diplomat Walter Siegl Deceased

The Austrian Foreign Ministry mourns the loss of retired Ambassador and former Political Director Walter Siegl.

July 19, 2019

Ursula von der Leyen Gets Johannes Hahn Proposed as Austrian EU Commissioner

Ursula von der Leyen was approved by the European Parliament as the next president of the European Commission. Her first, and very tricky, task is to assign jobs to the commissioners of each country. Johannes Hahn was again nominated by the main committee of the austrian parliament as the Austrian member of the next EU Commission.

July 19, 2019

Hilton Vienna Stadtpark Sold to South Korean Securities Consortium for €333 Mio

The Hilton Hotel near Vienna's Stadtpark is said to have been sold for €333 million ($375 million) to a Korean securities consortium - Hana Financial Investment Co., NH Investment & Securities Co., and Meritz Securities Co. The consortium is planning a modernization for €66 million ( $75 million).

July 19, 2019

Vienna Welcomes New Ambassadors from South Korea, South Africa, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Sierra Leone

On July 10, 2019, Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen welcomed the six newly accredited Ambassadors of South Korea, South Africa, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Sierra Leone to Austria to the Presidential Chancellery of the Vienna Imperial Palace for the presentation of their letters of accreditation.

July 19, 2019

Meet the New Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Austria: H.E. Ms. Saroja Sirisena

The new Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Austria and the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Vienna, H.E. Ms. Saroja Sirisena presented Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen with her letter of accreditation at the Vienna Hofburg.

July 18, 2019

Meet the New Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Austria: H.E. Mr. Shin Chae-hyun

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) to Austria, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Mr. Shin Chae-hyun presented Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen with his letter of accreditation at the Vienna Hofburg. He succeeds Ambassador Shin Dong-ik in this position.

July 18, 2019

Meet the New Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Austria: H.E. Mr. Rapulane Sydney Molekane

The new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to Austria, H.E. Mr. Rapulane Molekane presented Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen with his letter of accreditation at the Vienna Hofburg.

July 18, 2019

Meet the New Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Austria: H.E. Mr. M´Baimba Lamin Baryoh

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Austria, and Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations and the other International Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Mr. M´Baimba Lamin Baryoh presented Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen with his letter of accreditation at the Vienna Hofburg.

July 18, 2019

Meet the New Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Austria: H.E. Mr. Azzeddine Farhane

The new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Austria, and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Mr. Azzeddine Farhane presented Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen with his letter of accreditation at the Vienna Hofburg.

July 18, 2019

Meet the Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to Austria: H.E. Ms. Nardi Elizabeth Suxo Iturry

The new Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia (Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia) to Austria, H.E. Ms. Nardi Elizabeth Suxo Iturry presented Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen with her letter of accreditation at the Vienna Hofburg. Nardi Suxo is also the new Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations and the other international organizations in vienna.

July 18, 2019

Foreign Trade Gains with the Western Balkans

Exports worth 1.35 billion euros to the EU accession candidates of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) are balanced by imports to Austria worth 1.25 billion euros.

July 16, 2019

European Commissioner: Austria Sends Hahn for Third Time

The Austrian Federal Government under Chancellor Bierlein has announced that Johannes Hahn will again be nominated as an Austrian member of the future EU Commission.

July 12, 2019

Central European University Accredited as Private University in Vienna

The Austrian accreditation procedure for the CEU Central European University was successfully completed, so that the university can now start its operations in Vienna. Until now, the university was accredited in the USA and Hungary, the teaching took place exclusively in Hungary.

July 12, 2019

Tourism: Why Does Vienna Need So Many New Hotels?

Tourism in Vienna is booming and the number of overnight stays is rising. New hotels are currently being built all over Vienna, from international hotel chains and five-star palaces to boutique hotels for city travellers, some of which attract with exposed rooftop bars. The Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere and the Max Brown 7th District were recently opened. A further 10 hotels will be completed over the next two years.

July 12, 2019

MOOONS: New Boutique Hotel with Spectacular Rooftop Bar Comes to Vienna

A new boutique hotel with the slogan "No stars just MOOONS" with 170 rooms on eight floors in high-quality design and with a spectacular rooftop bar at the Wiedner Gürtel in the 4th district of Vienna, opposite the new railway station, is to be opened in October 2019.

July 11, 2019 · Sponsored Content

Foreign Trade: Imports and Exports Pass the 150 Billion Euro Mark for the First Time

The total nominal value of imports of goods in 2018 was 5.8% higher than in the previous year at 156.06 billion euros, while exports of goods rose by 5.7% to 150.1 billion euros. This results in a trade deficit of 5.99 billion euros. More than half of Austria's foreign trade was spread across only five countries.

July 10, 2019

Vienna's City History: Red Vienna from 1919 to 1934

Vienna’s first free municipal election, held in May 1919, results in an absolute majority for the SPÖ - Social Democratic Party (at that time SDAPDÖ - Sozialdemokratische Arbeiterpartei Deutschösterreichs). A reform project commences. The goal is a far reaching democratization of society as well as the dramatic improvement of workers‘ living conditions. A revolutionary fiscal policy, built around a luxury tax, provides funding for the creation of over 60,000 apartments along with numerous social, leisure, and cultural facilities by 1934.

July 9, 2019

Lipizzaner Offspring Stars Visiting Vienna

The young mare herd from the Lipizzaner stud Piber can be seen in the baroque Winter Riding School of the Vienna Hofburg until the beginning of August.

July 9, 2019

Diplomats in Austria: How Does the Tax Exempt Purchase of Motor Vehicles Work?

New rules for the tax-exempt purchase of a motor vehicle from an Austrian car dealership concern the direct exemption from VAT and the normal consumption tax, which contributes to speeding up the tax relief.

July 9, 2019

Poznan Summit: Bringing Western Balkans Closer to EU Remains Priority

Chancellor Bierlein at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Poland. The sixth Western Balkans Conference as part of the Berlin Process, which brings together heads of government from several EU states and their counterparts from the Western Balkans, dealt with connectivity at all levels.

July 9, 2019

Austrian Federal Council Approves Reform of Party Financing

One day after the National Council passed its resolution, the new regulation on party financing also passed the Federal Council. The new rules already apply to the upcoming election campaign in summer and autumn 2019.

July 9, 2019

Billionaire Heidi Horten to Become Museum Founder

The billionaire, patron and art collector Heidi Goëss-Horten has acquired a palace for the permanent presentation of her Heidi Horten Collection in downtown Vienna, right next to the State Opera and Albertina. Agnes Husslein-Arco is intended as director. The museum in the Hanuschhof is scheduled to open in early 2022.

July 5, 2019 · Updated: July 5, 2019; 15:17

Paternity Leave Entitlement Decided by Parliament

Members of the Austrian National Council passed a resolution on the legal entitlement to Paternity Leave (Papamonat). Fathers now have the right to be granted time off. Changes have also been made to child benefit legislation.

July 5, 2019

Austrians Abroad: National Council Election at the End of September 2019

On 29 September 2019, the Austrian National Council is expected to be elected. Austrians living abroad have the opportunity to take part in the election by postal vote. This is possible if you do not have your main residence in Austria and if you have reached the age of 16 by election day at the latest and have registered in the electoral register of an Austrian municipality by 9 July 2019 at the latest.

July 4, 2019

How North Macedonia Learns from Austria - Best Practices on the Topic of Equal Treatment

During a visit of the delegations of the North Macedonian Ministry of the Interior and the OSCE Mission Skopje to the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Vienna, representatives of all sides exchanged views on the subject of equal treatment.

July 4, 2019

Total Ban on Glyphosate in Austria Adopted

Austria is the first country in the European Union to ban the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. The ban is legally controversial and could contradict EU law.

July 4, 2019

Don't Smoke - Austria to Finally Ban Smoking in Bars and Restaurants

Over 1 year after the smoking ban in gastronomy should have come into force, the parliament has once again voted in favour and is to come into force on 1 November 2019. The ban will also apply to shishas and e-cigarettes, with the exception of guest gardens. Through the smoking ban alone, there should be 1,000 fewer deaths per year from passive smoking.

July 4, 2019 · Updated: July 4, 2019; 20:44

Austria Looks Forward to Collaboration with New EU Parliament President Sassoli

Congratulations come from the Austrian Parliament. National Council President Sobotka and Second National Council President Bures congratulate David Sassoli on his election and look forward to working with the European Parliament.

July 4, 2019

Austria Adopts Cultural Agreement with Ukraine

The Austrian National Council has decided on a cultural agreement with Ukraine, which is intended to strengthen cultural cooperation.

July 4, 2019

Beach Volleyball - Vienna Major 2019 on the Danube Island

This summer Vienna will once again become the centre of the international beach volleyball scene. At the second Vienna Major, the world's best beach volleyball players will play exciting games on the Danube Island from 31 July to 4 August.

July 4, 2019

European Parliament - How are the MEPs in Key Functions Elected?

At the first plenary session after the European elections, Parliament elects a new President, 14 new Vice-Presidents and five Quaestors. The ninth European Parliament was elected in 2019 elections and is to last until the 2024 elections.

July 3, 2019

Austrian Foreign Ministry - Diplomatic Excursion 2019 to Lake Neusiedl

Foreign diplomats and heads of international organisations in Austria were invited by the BMEIA Federal Ministry for Europe Integration and Foreign Affairs to the annual summer excursion to Burgenland (Diplomatenausflug 2019).

July 3, 2019

Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Austria

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella was on a two-day state visit to Austria. The main topics discussed were Sea Watch 3, South Tyrol and the situation of the European Union after the elections.

July 3, 2019

European Parliament - Karas to Be Vice President Again

Othmar Karas, member of the EU and Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), has been re-elected as one of 14 vice-presidents of the European Parliament. Together with him further vice-presidents were confirmed.

July 3, 2019

Schallenberg Represents Austria in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg travelled to Geneva on the occasion of the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Last year Austria was elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2019 to 2021.

July 2, 2019

Meinl Bank Rebranding - Anglo Austrian Bank Launches with Negative Result of EUR 4.5 Mio

As part of a rebranding, Meinl Bank of Julius Meinl V (59) has renamed itself Anglo Austrian Bank and is relaunching its operations in Vienna with 49 employees in order to respond to the increased demand for qualified asset management in the countries of the former Danube Monarchy and to provide clients with a bridge to the countries and financial markets of Western Europe.

June 28, 2019

Foreign Minister Alois Mock Awarded Posthumous Honour from Political Academy

The Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) honours a great member and a historical personality. The event room in the historic Springer Schlössl, the seat of the political academy of the ÖVP, now bears the name of the former foreign minister - it is now called Alois Mock Aula.

June 28, 2019

Iran: Last Chance to Save Nuclear Deal Failed in Vienna

The latest round of negotiations to save the nuclear agreement with Iran has remained unresolved in Vienna. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi noted after the meeting, which lasted several hours, that despite some progress made at the meeting, Iran would probably continue on its path towards a partial withdrawal from the nuclear programme.

June 28, 2019

So What Does the Future Hold for the Eurozone?

The Eurozone between crisis and reform. At the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the renowned European financial experts Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Klaus Regling, Elke König and Josef Zechner discussed the structure, challenges and necessary financial market reforms within the euro zone.

June 28, 2019

Uber Ridesharing Threatens to Retreat from Austria

The US transportation network company Uber wants to mobilise against the taxi and rental car reform in Austria with a petition. The new law would be a setback for Austria in several respects. If the new law is passed on 3 July, we will no longer be able to offer services such as UberX, according to a statement by Uber.

June 27, 2019

Marathon Under Two Hours - World Record Holder Kipchoge Wants to Break Barrier in Vienna

The marathon Olympic champion and world record holder, the Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge, wants to run the marathon in less than 2 hours in Vienna in October, thus cutting his current record of 2:01:39 hours by an impossible 2 minutes.

June 27, 2019

Improving Brazilian-Austrian Relations in Science and Research

A new scientific and technological cooperation agreement with Brazil aims to promote bilateral relations in the field of science and research.

June 27, 2019

46% Fewer Asylum Applications in Austria

13,375 asylum applications were received in Austria last year - 46% less than in 2017 (24,715). A total of 664,480 applications for international protection were filed in the EU (including Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein) in 2018. The number of asylum applications in Austria and the EU has thus declined for the third year in a row and has returned to pre-crisis levels.

June 27, 2019

Oligarch Firtash May Be Extradited to the USA

The Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash may be extradited from Austria to the USA. The Supreme Court of Justice of Austria (OGH) confirmed a corresponding ruling of the Vienna Higher Regional Court (OLG) and dismissed both a nullity appeal of the General Procurator's Office and a renewal application by Firtash's defense counsel. The decision as to whether Firtash will actually be extradited lies now with the new Austrian Minister of Justice, Clemens Jabloner.

June 25, 2019

Strengthening Comprehensive Security in the OSCE Area

The OSCE’s Annual Security Review Conference in Vienna will discuss state of play of co-operation on comprehensive security in Europe and beyond.

June 25, 2019

First Visit Abroad Leads Foreign Minister Schallenberg to Finland

His first bilateral trip abroad took Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg to Helsinki. The trip focused not only on European policy issues but also on the EU Presidency, which Finland will take over on 1 July 2019.

June 25, 2019

Massive Slump in Austrian Exports to Iran

Trade between Iran and Austria is shrinking. Austrian exports to Iran fell by 11.1 % in 2018, as the Foreign Trade Centre Tehran of the Chamber of Commerce reported. In addition, a further decline is expected after the negative GDP growth in 2018/2019. In addition, there are fears of a further currency decline of the rial and rising inflation.

June 24, 2019

Austrian Foreign Minister Schallenberg at EU Foreign Affairs Council for the First Time

In Luxembourg, Federal Minister Alexander Schallenberg represented Austria for the first time at the FAC Foreign Affairs Council and the Council of the European Union.

June 21, 2019

Austrian Parliament: Termination of EU Accession Negotiations with Turkey, Extension of Sanctions against Russia

In a statement to the government, the EU Main Committee of the Austrian National Council has unanimously spoken out in favour of breaking off EU accession negotiations with Turkey. Instead, the parliamentary groups believe that a strategic partnership should be sought.

June 21, 2019
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