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Meet Austria's New Minister of Finance Eduard Müller

Eduard Müller (58) is an Austrian civil servant and since June 3rd, 2019 Federal Minister of Finance (Secretary of the Treasury) in the Austrian Federal Government Bierlein. In addition to this function, he is also responsible for public service and sports.

August 15, 2019

How to Register SIM Cards in Austria?

All SIM card users in Austria must register their prepaid cards by September 1, 2019. Severe penalties are imminent. The following hint will allow you to use your card for another year without registering.

August 15, 2019

Elephant Baby Kibali - Schönbrunn Zoo Has a New Star

Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo has just welcomed a baby elephant into the world. The little Kibali was born at Europe’s best zoo. The little elephant measured 90 cm and weighed 90 kg.

August 15, 2019

European Commission: Changing of the Guard in Austria

Dr. Martin Selmayr takes over the position of Head of Representation in Austria from Dr. Jörg Wojahn as of 1 November 2019. Mr. Wojahn has been appointed as the new Head of the European Commission's Representation in Berlin.

August 13, 2019

UNO City lädt zum 40-Jahres-Jubiläumsevent

Das Hauptquartier der Vereinten Nationen in Wien feiert sein 40-jähriges Bestehen und begründet damit vier Jahrzehnte internationaler Diplomatie. Besuchen Sie die UNO City (VIC Vienna International Centre) im Rahmen seiner Jubiläumsveranstaltung.

August 13, 2019

Vienna International Centre Invites Expats and Locals for Anniversary Event

The United Nations headquarters in Vienna is celebrating its 40th anniversary, marking four decades of international diplomacy. Come and see inside the VIC Vienna International Centre as part of its anniversary events.

August 13, 2019

Austrian Minister of the Interior: Observing Developments along the Western Balkans Route Closely

The North Macedonian Ambassador Nenad Kolev and Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn met for a working discussion in Vienna. In addition to bilateral cooperation, the topic of migration, in particular the Western Balkans route, formed the agenda.

August 13, 2019

Sensation: South Gate of Roman Fortress Vindobona Discovered within the City of Vienna

The foundation of the missing main gate Porta Decumana of the Roman legionary camp Vindobona came to light during construction works.

August 12, 2019

What Does Vienna Have in Common with the New Silk Road?

In order to ensure sustainable development, the cities along the New Silk Road also have to face major infrastructural and social challenges, as well as climate-ecological challenges. More than 1000 participants from more than 178 cities are expected in September in the Vienna International Center for UNIDO's Bridge for Cities Conference as part of the Belt & Road Initiative.

August 12, 2019

EU Appoints Austrian Dr. Johann Sattler as New Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Council of the European Union appointed Johann Sattler as EU Special Representative (EUSR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will also take over the role of the Head of the European Union's Delegation in Sarajevo.

August 9, 2019

Apartment Prices: Austria in Top Third of Europe

A recent study by the consulting firm Deloitte shows that Austrian apartments are still relatively affordable in comparison to other European countries, both in terms of purchase and rent.

August 9, 2019

RBI: Significant Decline in Profits in the First Half of 2019

Stock Exchange-listed RBI Raiffeisen Bank International recorded a significant 25% decline in profits in the first half of 2019. The consolidated profit generated was only €571 million, compared to €756 million in the first half of 2018.

August 8, 2019

Vienna Museum on Tour in Japan

In the year of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Japanese Austrian relations, the Vienna Museum (Wien Museum) is moving from Tokyo to Osaka on its tour through Japan with its large-scale exhibition "Vienna on the Path to Modernism".

August 8, 2019

Economic Growth: Austria Slightly Above EU Average

The Austrian economy is likely to grow by 1.5% in 2019. 1.2% growth is expected for the euro zone and 1.4% for the EU as a whole.

August 8, 2019

Relocation to Austria: How to Import Tax and Duty Free a Vehicle for Personal Use

It may be convenient to take your car with you when you relocate to Austria. The same applies to cars that may cost less abroad than in Austria. However, there are additional costs in addition to the purchase price (Eigenimport). The NoVA (Normverbrauchsabgabe) is due at the first registration in Austria for new and used cars. The NoVA varies according to age and model. However, you can avoid this under certain conditions.

August 7, 2019

Head of the European Commission in Vienna Leaves for Berlin

The current head of the EC European Commission in Vienna, the German citizen Dr. Jörg Wojahn, will move back to Germany as Head of the European Commission's Representation in Berlin.

August 7, 2019

Nuclear Bomb Drops Remembrance Day: Austria Advocates Nuclear Weapon-Free World

The Austrian Federal Government is fully committed to the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. "Nuclear weapons should be abolished once and for all."

August 6, 2019

Meet Austria's Minister of Education Iris Eliisa Rauskala

Iris Eliisa Rauskala (41) is an Austrian economist and civil servant. She was appointed Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research in the Austrian Federal Government Bierlein. She grew up almost five years in Finland and then in Upper Austria. After her appointment she outed herself in interviews with the media as an openly lesbian woman.

August 6, 2019

BMW to Invest 28 Million Euros in Salzburg Location

Within the framework of a festive event under the theme "Good for Salzburg. Good for Austria." the BMW Group recently laid the foundation stone for its new BMW Group Campus Salzburg for Central and Southeastern Europe. BMW is investing 28 million euros in the expansion of 400 employees. The inauguration of the new campus is planned for autumn 2020.

August 5, 2019

Meet the New Resident Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna

The new Resident Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, HE Mr. Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk, presented his credentials to Mary Alice Hayward, Acting Director General and Head of the Department of Management at the IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency. He also presented his credentials to Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov.

August 5, 2019

Driving a Car in Austria: How to Import a Vehicle for Personal Use

What is required to register your car in Austria that you have purchased abroad? What do you need to look out for when buying a car? What costs do you have to bear? You can find all tips for importing your own vehicles (Eigenimport) to Austria here.

August 4, 2019

Schallenberg: End of Cold War-Era Missile Pact is Threat to European Security

Austria's Foreign Minister regrets the end of the INF Treaty and calls for the voluntary non-stationing of land-based medium-range missiles in Europe.

August 3, 2019

Austria for Africa: Celebrating the Continent and Building Bridges Between Peoples

The organizers intend to show the beauty, but also the reality of the entire continent and at the same time set a sign for tolerance and understanding between the cultures. With the slogan "Africa moves us all" a festival with African esprit, a lot of music, dance, international artists and a colourful bazaar will be celebrated.

August 2, 2019

Driving a Car in Austria: What Users of a Vehicle with a Foreign Number Plate Need to Know

Persons whose main residence is in Austria and who drive a vehicle with a foreign registration plate must obtain an Austrian registration plate after one month at the latest. If the license plate is used for a longer period of time, administrative and financial criminal proceedings will be initiated.

August 2, 2019

Southeastern Europe Remains Focus of Austrian Foreign and Security Policy

The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kemal Kozaric, and Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn met for a working meeting in Vienna. Bilateral cooperation and migration were on the agenda.

August 1, 2019

U.S. Senate Confirms Kelly Craft as Ambassador to United Nations

The US senate has confirmed the 57 year old American businesswoman and diplomat Kelly Knight Craft as the next US ambassador to the UN United Nations. She will replace Nikki Haley who resigned last year.

August 1, 2019

Austria to Support Syria and Mali with EUR 2.5 Million

The Austrian Council of Ministers approved a total of 2.5 million euros in aid payments from the Foreign Disaster Fund for humanitarian aid in Mali and Syria. The money is intended for refugees in the two crisis areas.

July 31, 2019

Film Festival at Vienna's Town Hall Square 2019

The Film Festival at Vienna's Rathausplatz is an open-air event taking place on the square in front of the Vienna City Hall. During the summer months, it shows film recordings of classical music concerts, operas, operettas, ballet, musicals and jazz.

July 31, 2019

More EU Infringement Procedures Against Austria

Austria is confronted with an above-average number of infringement proceedings by the European Commission. These include not only proceedings concerning the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Environmental Impact Assessment, but also failures in the areas of public procurement, financial market regulation and the fight against tax fraud. Now the EC has also opened an infringement procedure concerning the indexation of family allowances.

July 31, 2019

Uber Austria: Suspension in Vienna Over

The ride-sharing service Uber has terminated its suspension in Vienna imposed by the Commercial Court of Vienna and is continuing to operate. As requested, Uber now has a local subsidiary in Austria. With the forthcoming change to uniform rates for taxis and rental cars, the next challenge is already ahead.

July 31, 2019

Cultural Diplomacy: International Friendship Day Important for Preserving Peace

Causes of conflicts and crises worldwide are often cultural differences and misunderstandings between peoples. These threaten peace, security, development and social peace. After long efforts, this day was also proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2011. Vindobona.org, an intercultural portal that promotes international understanding and cultural exchange in the metropolis of Vienna, strongly supports Friendship Day.

July 30, 2019

Opening of the Salzburg Festival in the Context of the Climate Crisis

The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is the world's most important festival of classical music and the performing arts. The opening speeches in 2019 were dominated by the themes of climate change and environmental protection. The keynote speaker was US director Peter Sellars.

July 30, 2019

Nationalratswahl 2019: Wie Auslandsösterreicher mitwählen können

Österreichische Staatsbürger, die im Ausland ihren Hauptwohnsitz haben, können bei der Nationalratswahl am 29. September 2019 mitwählen. Sie müssen sich bis 8. August 2019 darum kümmern, in der Wählerevidenz ihrer letzten Hauptwohnsitzgemeinde zu stehen.

July 30, 2019

National Council Election 2019: How Austrians Abroad Can Vote

Austrian citizens who have their main residence abroad can vote in the Austrian National Council elections on 29 September 2019. By August 8th, 2019, they have to make sure that they are listed in the electoral register of their last main municipality of residence.

July 30, 2019

International Congress Guests Love Vienna

Vienna is the second most important destination for international congresses after Paris. The Austria Center Vienna profits from this in a unique way and last year brought about 116,000 international visitors to Vienna inducing an economic impact of half a billion euros.

July 29, 2019

Leena Srivastava Appointed IIASA Deputy Director General for Science

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) announces that Dr. Leena Srivastava, who has held the position of IIASA Distinguished Visiting Fellow since May, will be promoted to the position of IIASA Deputy Director General for Science as of November 15, 2019.

July 27, 2019

8 Reasons why Vienna is an Ideal Destination for Expats

Home to imperial architecture, masterpiece-filled museums and inspiring music, it’s no wonder that Vienna is a desirable destination for tourists and expats alike.

July 26, 2019

Devastating - Austria is Only the 21st Most Innovative Country in the World

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) named Austria's neighbor Switzerland as the world’s most innovative country, during the launch of its latest Global Innovation Index. Austria isn't even in the top 20. Biggest issues are the stagnation of public expenditure on research and development and the increase of economic protectionism.

July 26, 2019

Uber Suspends all Services in Austria Temporarily

Uber Technologies, the driving service provider, is temporarily discontinuing all services in Austria. The reason for this is a temporary order issued by the Commercial Court of Vienna. Accordingly, Uber Technologies requires a subsidiary and a trade licence in order to offer its services.

July 25, 2019

IAEA - Romanian Ambassador has been Designated Acting Director General

Ambassador Cornel Feruta of Romania, head-coordinator of the IAEA since 2013, has been responsible for coordinating the Agency's internal and external activities. As a consequence of the recent passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano, he has been designated Acting Director General at the IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency.

July 25, 2019

IAEA Member States Pay Tribute to Late Director General Yukiya Amano

During a Board of Governors meeting held at the IAEA headquarters, Member States paid their respects to Director General Yukiya Amano, who recently passed away. Delegations expressed deep sadness and a sense of great loss at his passing, commending Mr. Amano for his dedication and devotion to the work of the Agency and to the peaceful uses of nuclear technology for the benefit of people around the world.

July 25, 2019

Improvements in the Incorporation of an Austrian Private Limited Company

The incorporation of an Austrian Private Limited Company (GmbH) by foreigners is a multi-stage and time-consuming act. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a significant simplification, so that the founders or proprietors no longer have to appear personally before the notary.

July 24, 2019

UN Chief Guterres Voices Deep Sadness at Death of IAEA Chief Amano

UN chief António Guterres paid tribute, saying he was deeply saddened to hear the news of his death.

July 23, 2019

Bregenz Festival: Austria's Artistic Showpiece all over the World

On the occasion of the opening of the Bregenz Festival 2019 (Bregenzer Festspiele) Alexander Van der Bellen reminded the audience that many challenges can only be solved together and with great efforts, and Alexander Schallenberg pointed out that the festival is like big multilateral meetings, where people from different backgrounds meet for a few days and exchange ideas.

July 22, 2019

IAEA Nuclear Watchdog Chief Yukiya Amano Died at 72

The boss of the Vienna-based IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano is dead. The Japanese was 72 years old. The longtime Japanese diplomat held the IAEA's top job since December 2009. The cause of his death is unclear. According to IAEA, Amano passed away as a result of his illness. Amano’s death comes at a time of increasing concerns and escalating tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

July 22, 2019 · Updated: July 24, 2019; 13:00

Sensation: Südtor vom Römischen Legionslager Vindobona innerhalb Wiener City entdeckt

Während Bauarbeiten kam das Fundament des vermissten Haupttores Porta Decumana des römischen Legionslagers Vindobona zum Vorschein.

July 19, 2019

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
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