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
From September 23-29, 2018, Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl was in New York City for the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). #unga73
“I encourage all Americans to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that millions of Americans of Austrian descent have made—and continue to make—to our Nation's strength and prosperity.” #AustrianAmericanDay
On September 21, 2018, Christian Brunmayr, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Austrian Embassy, spoke with students from the Washington-site of New York University (NYU) about migration and the changing faces of Europe. #eu2018at
On September 18, 2018, three Austrian Holocaust Memorial Servants who recently started their work in Los Angeles paid their inaugural visit to Consul General Andreas Launer. #NeverForget #AskWhy
2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Vienna International Centre (VIC).
At the invitation of the Washington International Business Council, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner met with a group of executives from leading international corporations to speak about Austria's plans and priorities during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union on September 6, 2018. #eu2018at
On September 5, 2018, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner and Thorsten Eisingerich, the Director of the Austrian Press & Information Service, welcomed the journalists Lidia Jean Knott (PRI's The World) from Washington, D.C., as well as Vienna-based Josephine Nora Charlotte Roek (Puls 4), and Christina Taar (Kleine Zeitung) to the Embassy in Washington, D.C. #AustriansAbroad
Stan Muczynsky was a B-24 radio operator and gunner during WW II. He was shut down over what was then Yugoslavia and subsequently became a Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17B, which was located near the city of Krems in Lower Austria.
Upon invitation of Consul General Launer, State Senator Ben Allen, Chair of the State Senate and State Assembly Joint Committee on Arts, as well as the Mayor of West Hollywood, John Duran, paid a visit to the “Schindler House” on July 19, 2018.
On July 26, 2018, Austrian company Milan Motorsport GmbH revealed its new hypercar, the MILAN RED.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gathered counterparts from 89 countries and International Organisations for the first ever Ministerial Meeting on Freedom of Religion and Belief (FORB) in Washington, DC on July 26, 2018.