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.
Members of the Austrian Standing Committee on Intelligence visited Washington, DC from January 27 to 30, 2019, to discuss parliamentary oversight of Security and Intelligence agencies with their U.S. counterparts.
In preparation for "World Thinking Day", an annual celebration where girl scouts learn about different countries in the world , a troop from Stafford, Virginia, visited the Embassy on January 29, 2019.
Ambassador Waldner joined Rose-Helene Spreiregen, a French Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer, to pay respect to the victims within the framework of the 2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration.
On January 22, 2019, the Embassy welcomed some 50 high school students from across the country to talk about Austria.
“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
He looks like Santa Claus and knows everything: Saint Nicholas aka Nikolo. In Austria, he visits children on the 6th of December and rewards them with gifts, provided they behaved well throughout the year. This year his sleigh went transatlantic to fulfil Nikolo’s wish to visit children in the nation’s capitol. #EmbassyAdoption #DCPublicSchools
Atlanta is an economic hotspot, home of 18 Fortune 500 firms such as The Home Depot and Coca-Cola. Needless to say that the EU Trade counselors had a tight schedule visiting the Southern metropolis from December 11-13, 2018.
“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.
Sometimes, all it takes to solve a crime is a footprint or a tiny piece of DNA. In the National Law Enforcement Museum, which has opened only recently, visitors get a first-hand experience in how police operates. It was this very museum that Herbert Kickl, the Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior, visited at the outset of his stay in Washington, DC.
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.
Vienna was one of the places Josef Moser, the Austrian Federal Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice, visited during his stay in Washington, DC. The Virginian city was named after the Austrian capital and is the home of the FBI Terrorist Screening Center that Moser came to inspect.
It was a Christmas miracle. In December of 1914, instead of fighting, French, German and Scottish soldiers exchanged seasonal greetings along the Western Front of World War I. Until this very day, these unofficial ceasefires are known as the Christmas truce, inspiring composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell to write the multilingual opera “Silent Night”.
Air doesn’t belong to anybody. At least this is what one would assume. Quite the opposite is the case, though. In fact, transatlantic air travel as we know it today is only possible thanks to a number of international agreements.
Austria’s largest conference center, the Austria Center Vienna, is the only conference venue in the world located in the immediate vicinity of one of the four United Nations headquarters. It is currently undergoing modernization in order to remain a top player on the international conference and meeting circuit.
What does Austria look and sound like? And how does it taste? 21 fifth-grade students from Ross Elementary School in downtown DC and their teacher Ms. Emily Mulford visited the Embassy of Austria on November 29, 2018, to learn more about their “adopted” country.
Sometimes, what employers need does not correspond with what job seekers are offering. The so-called skills gap is an ever growing problem on the job market. In his address to the participants of the conference, Ambassador Waldner highlighted the importance of bringing experts from Austria and the U.S. together to solve this issue.
Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the Austrian National Fund for the Victims of National Socialism visited New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC from October 24 to November 1, 2018. While on the East Coast, she met with a number of Jewish Organizations, religious leaders, academics and Holocaust survivors. #AskWhy #NeverForget
From 22-25 October 2018, the two Chairmen of the Executive Board of the Austrian Financial Market Authority, Helmut Ettl and Klaus Kumpfmüller visited Washington, DC for four days of meetings with representatives of regulatory authorities, the U.S. Treasury as well as the International Monetary Fund.