On November 13, 2018, the Austrian Embassy together with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Austrian Institute of Economic Research organized an event on the future of public workforce programs, drawing from the positive Austrian experience. A group of 40+ high-level experts from federal and local governments, Congress and universities attended this one-day event at the Austrian Embassy in Washington D.C.
From November 6-9, 2018, the Austrian Federal Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice Josef Moser, was in Washington, DC for high-level talks with U.S. government officials and to participate in the “EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting” together with the Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior Herbert Kickl. #eu2018
On November 9, 2018, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen together with the U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker hosted the “EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting” at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, DC. Austria was represented by Interior Minister Herbert Kickl and Justice Minister Josef Moser. #eu2018at
The Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior Herbert Kickl visited Washington, DC, from November 7-9, 2018. He held a bilateral meeting with the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen and participated in the “EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting” representing Austria together with Federal Minister of Justice Josef Moser. #eu2018at
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.
Challenges to the world order like the current row over international agreements, the policies towards Iran and Russia, trade tensions, or migration - only a few examples of the issues the EU and the U.S. are currently facing. But do they indicate a transatlantic disconnect? On October 31, 2018, the Embassy of Austria hosted a discussion titled “The State of Transatlantic Relations and the European Union – Past, Present and Future.”
From October 14-16, 2018, Ambassador Waldner joined several of his colleagues on an official visit to Charleston, SC. The trip, organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Chief of Protocol for heads of mission, aimed to further interest in Charleston and to encourage international business and trade.
On October 25, 2018, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner and his wife Gudrun Faudon-Waldner welcomed more than 500 guests at the Embassy on the occasion of Austria’s National Day. The music program, the cultural highlight of the reception, was performed by Chicago-born opera singer Nicole Butler and the Karklina Trio from Graz in the Austrian state of Styria.
Painful lessons from the darkest period of Austrian history and the challenges for the Austrian National Fund for the Victims of National Socialism were the main topics of a lecture at the Austrian Embassy on October 29, 2018. #AskWhy #NeverForget
The Austrian Consulate General on the West Coast celebrated this year’s Austrian National Day on October 25, 2018. About 300 invited guests, among them former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, followed the invitation by Consul General Andreas Launer and his wife Eva at a festive event in the garden of the Austrian Residence in Los Angeles’ Westside. #AustriansAbroad
On October 16, 2018, a conference hosted by U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. brought together over 80 chiefs of defense from around the world at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland to discuss countering violent extremist organizations. Austria was represented by Chief of Defense, General Robert Brieger.
After meeting with SAP, WeWork and the Austrian flagship company Swarovski in New York, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck traveled to Washington, DC, where she held high-level talks from October 1-2, 2018.
From October 6-11, 2018, Austrian State Secretary of Finance Hubert Fuchs visited Washington, DC to consult about the changes in U.S. tax and fiscal policy under the current administration.
“With the acquisition of this facility, we will double the size of our U.S. manufacturing footprint and also have capacity for further expansion,” said Alex Ruch, director of HR, TGW Systems. Within the next five years, the company is scheduling an additional manufacturing expansion of 100,000 square feet.” #AustrianInnovation
On October 3, 2018, Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl visited the 184 Austrian troops, who currently serve as UNIFIL(United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) peacekeepers in the Middle East. #AustriansAbroad #ServingForPeace
The Forty-Second Annual Conference of the German Studies Association was held in Pittsburgh, PA from September 27–30, 2018. The conference brings together over 1,000 scholars in the areas of politics, history, literature, and culture of the German-speaking world.
Alexander Van der Bellen made his second appearance as Austrian Federal President at the UN Leader’s week in New York City from September 24-30, 2018. #unga73
On September 21, 2018, the conference “Austria Connect North America” brought together over 150 executives of Austrian subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada. The 11th edition of the annual business conference was organized by the Austrian Trade Commissions in North America and held in Toronto, Canada, for the first time in its history.
From September 23-27, 2018, the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was in New York for the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He joined Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, together with Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, to meet with UN Secretary General António Guterres. #unga73