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Reinhold Lopatka

Enlargement Perspectives for the Western Balkans - The Role of Parliaments

During a panel discussion in the Austrian Parliament, the perspective of enlargement for the Western Balkans and, in this context, the role of parliaments were discussed. The future of the six candidate countries in the Western Balkans is within the EU. They need an honest perspective for this common future with the EU Member States. The EU must contribute to ensuring the stability of the democracies in these countries. The former President of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, attended the discussion.

October 11, 2018

Nuclear Controversy: Iran Seeking Austria's Support

Austria's EU Presidency, the future of the nuclear agreement and the desire to strengthen bilateral economic and cultural exchange were the focus of a visit by Iranian parliamentarians to the Austrian Parliament.

September 25, 2018

Hypo Petition Puts Pressure on Austrian Government

The support of the online petition for the establishing of an investigation committee has gained more than 105,000 supporters which puts increasing pressure on the government.

March 28, 2014

Austria: Hypo Petition to be Continued

The online petition for the establishing of a parliamentary investigation committee will not be stopped by the Austrian government, consisting of SPÖ (Social Democrats) and ÖVP (Austrian People’s Party).

March 24, 2014

Austria: National Assembley Rejects Investigation Committee

The parliamentary investigation committee for Hypo Group, demanded by the opposition parties, was rejected in a roll-call vote in the National Assembley.

February 26, 2014

Hypo Group: Emergency Sitting in National Assembley Fixed

An extraordinary session in the National Assembley will take place next Monday in regard to Hypo Group Alpe Adria.

February 12, 2014

Austria: Tax Increases Contemplated by Government

During the coalition negotiations increases of taxes on tobacco and alcohol is currently considered by the Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the People’s Party (ÖVP).

December 9, 2013

Austria: President Presses for Progress in Coalition Negotiations

It has been two months after since the coalition negotiations started after the elections for the National Assembley. However, there has been not visible progress.

December 2, 2013

Austria: Tax Losses Amount to € 2bn in 2014

The Austrian People’s Party estimates tax losses in the amount of € 2bn for the coming fiscal year as announced by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Reinhold Lopatka in an interview with radio station Ö1.

November 29, 2013

Lopatka: EU Enlargement Process of Western Balkans Decisive for Austria

“Non-Enlargement” of Western Balkan states would be fatal for Austrian businesses operating in the region and the national economy.

October 31, 2013

Lopatka Welcomes Statement by Barroso

Subsidiarity is the precondition for a successful European Union.

September 12, 2013

Lopatka Demands Reform for Austrian Railways

State Secretary Lopatka demands Minister of Infrastructure Bures to tackle the expensive pension system at the Austrian Railways by doing away with privliges for emplyoees in order to unburden tax payers.

September 4, 2013

Austria Stresses Importance of Agency for Fundamental Rights

"EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna plays a central role in the monitoring of fundamental rights."

July 17, 2013

EU Accession Talks With Serbia Around the Turn of the Year

The EU Ministers for Foreign and European Affairs agree that EU Accession negotiations with Serbia should commence around the turn of the year.

June 25, 2013

Lopatka: "EU Enlargement is a Driver for Reforms and Rule Of Law"

State Secretary Lopatka on DARUM EUROPA information tour.

June 18, 2013

Lopatka: "Visa Cooperation Reinforces Mutual Ties Between Austria and the Czech Republic"

Austrian State-Secretary on the signing of a new agreement and working meetings in Prague.

June 4, 2013

Lopatka: "Austria Is a Leading Investor in the Western Balkans States"

Austrian State Secretary welcomes the most recent agreement between Serbia and Kosovo as pointing the way towards enlargement

May 27, 2013

Over 2,000 Austrian Companies Now Represented in Slovakia

Lopatka: Agreement reached on Austro-Slovak Business Forum

May 16, 2013

Lopatka: „Poland Important Economic Partner and Ally of Austria in EU“

Austrian State Secretary encourages bilateral relations and trade between the two Central European countries as well as improved relations between EU and US.

April 30, 2013

EU Accession Date for Serbia Voted on Today

On Friday, heads of Serbian and Kosovar government Ivica Dacic and Hashim Thaci have come to an agreement under the the special guidance of EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton.

April 22, 2013

Hungary: Lopatka Presses For Legal Security for Austrian Enterprises

State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka met with Hungarian State Secretary for European Affairs Gergely Pröhle in Budapest toda to urge for legal security for Austrian enterprises in the neighboring country.

April 19, 2013

„Unlawful“ Farming in Hungary

The estimated 200 Austrians, who are engaged in agriculture in Hungary, are apparently not highly esteemed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

April 16, 2013

EVN to Get Support by State Secretary

State Secretary Lopatka intervened in EVN’s dispute with Bulgarian government. He urges Bulgaria to ensure protection of investments.

March 29, 2013

"Strict financial audits enhance trust in administrative bodies"

Symposium of international courts of auditors discusses citizens' participation in Vienna.

March 7, 2013

Austrian Development Funds: Programme Approved

“ADA has over 110 million euros funding for operative development cooperation work in 2013” the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.

March 6, 2013

“Business development focus in solid Austrian ties to Qatar”

Austrian State Secretary meets the Emir of Qatar and Qatar’s Foreign Affairs State Secretary for working discussions.

March 1, 2013

Austria Stresses Importance of Human Rights Conference

Austrian Foreign Ministry: "Carry on from the outcome of the World Conference on Human Rights 1993".

February 26, 2013

“Austria’s interests are best represented in a competitive EU”

State Secretary Lopatka underlines the necessity of maintaining competitiveness in the EU.

February 14, 2013

“Mali to receive support from EU and Austria”

Development Ministers consult on new European development framework in Dublin.

February 13, 2013

Austrian Governing Parties Disagree on EU Budget

The Austrian people´s party (ÖVP) has criticized Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ). The social democrats argue that the coalition partner ÖVP has “no team sprit”.

February 11, 2013

Austrian Government May Put Veto Against EU Budget

Members of the Austrian government fear that Austria may lose its discount. The annual loss would come at more than € 180m.

February 5, 2013

Austria´s Net Contributions to Brussels to Increase Significantly

At the moment, Austria´s net contributions come at 0.2% of GDP. From 2014 to 2020, the figure may increase to 0.36% of GDP.

February 2, 2013

“Using the location Vienna as a bridge between the EU and Latin America”

Austrian State Secretary calls for cooperation in security issues and sustainable energy at the international organisations headquarters in Vienna.

January 28, 2013

"Economic boom in Peru opens up opportunities for closer cooperation"

Great interest in Austrian tourism and urban development expertise.

January 25, 2013

“Costs of non-enlargement of the EU would be high”

Austrian Foreign Ministry wants discussion about more involvement of EU citizens in EU policy.

January 22, 2013

“Strict rules and monitoring mechanisms for a healthy Europe”

Austria´s State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka discusses EU financial matters with Czech State Secretary Vojtech Belling.

January 16, 2013

"We invite the African Union to open an office in Vienna"

"Austria invites the African Union to establish an office in Vienna in the year marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union.” Austrian State Secretary Lopatka says.

January 15, 2013

“Eurobonds Are Wrong Signal”

2013 - After crisis management it is now time to tackle issues of the future, Austria´s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.

December 31, 2012

"Austria pushes international development agenda ahead"

Austrian State Secretary discusses continuation of the Rio process with UN Under-Secretary General.

December 18, 2012

Lopatka: “Communitisation of debts is the wrong message”

State Secretary Lopatka lacks understanding for proposals made by Federal Chancellor Faymann.

December 17, 2012

"Croatia on the final stretch towards EU membership"

Austrian State Secretary encourages Zagreb to take final steps of reform.

November 30, 2012

Austria and France Develop European Alpine Strategy

Austria´s State Secretary Lopatka discussed current issues of European policy with Minister of European Affairs Cazeneuve and Minister of Development Cooperation Canfin in Paris on 23 November

November 27, 2012

“Austrian businesses pursuing expansion in Vietnam”

Great potential in the future-oriented energy, environmental and education sectors.

October 24, 2012

Austria Underlines Importance of Austerity Measures

“EU pact for growth and employment to fight high unemployment rates”: State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka at the General Affairs Council in Luxemburg.

October 17, 2012

Austrian Foreign Ministry Wants “Better coordination for development cooperation”

"No single country can solve all the major problems of our time alone", Austrian State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said at the "Development Dialogue" event in Parliament today.

October 12, 2012

Austrian Presents Piorities for the “EU budget of the future”

State Secretary Lopatka in the EU Sub-Committee of the National Council.

October 10, 2012

Austria Appreciates Portugal’s Efforts of Budget Consolidation

State Secretary Lopatka meets with Portuguese State Secretary for EU Affairs, Luis Miguel Morais Leitão.

October 8, 2012

"Serbia can count on Austria to be its partner"

The Austrian State Secretary encourages Serbia to embark on pro-European course.

October 5, 2012

“EU administration must be screened for savings potential”

Austrian State Secretary Lopatka repeats Austria’s central demands at the General Affairs Council in Brussels.

September 25, 2012

Austrian State Secretary meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Titov in Moscow

Lopatka “Relations with Moscow are rooted in solid ground in all fields and are continuously expanded”

September 24, 2012
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