High Accolades for Austrian Honorary Consul and Vice Consul in Denver

On February 6, 2019, Consul General Andreas Launer presented Hikmet Ersek (CEO and President of Western Union) and his wife, Dr. Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek, with high Austrian decorations at a festive ceremony at the Western Union Headquarters in Denver, CO. The accolades, the Decoration of Honor in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria and the Decoration of Merit in Gold of the Republic of Austria, respectively, had been bestowed upon Mr. Ersek and Ms. Ghosh-Ersek by Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen for their dedicated services as Austrian Honorary Consul and Honorary Vice Consul for Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU: Accomplishments and Challenges

“A Europe that protects” – that was the motto chosen by Austria for its presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018. In line with its pro‑European government programme, it was important to the Federal Government to help shape the EU in a positive way. The Austrian Presidency focused on the following areas: security and the fight against illegal migration, securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitalisation, stability in the neighbourhood and the strengthening of the principle of subsidiarity. #recapping #eu2018at

Hanukkah at the Austrian Embassy

“Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah” – when the Austrian band “Die Wandervoegel” chimed in, people began to cheer, clap and sing along as dignitaries lit the candles at the joint annual Hanukkah celebration of the Austrian Embassy, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Access DC (AJC’s local young professional program) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

How Austria and the U.S. are Fighting Against Terrorism and Cybercrime

The internet is a tremendously powerful tool. But this is also what makes it potentially dangerous. In the past, terrorists have used it to direct and inspire attacks. During the “EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting”, the United States and the European Union recognized the need to enhance their efforts against terrorists’ use of the World Wide Web while preserving and respecting individual rights such as the freedom of speech.