At the invitation of the Austrian Defense Attaché MajGen Jürgen Ortner, the former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Jim Townsend, discussed the current status of the transatlantic relations with the Defense Attachés from other European Union member states being represented in Washington, DC.
This year’s film festival will run from March 14 to 24. It will feature the documentary “The Green Lie” (2018) by the Austrian filmmaker Werner Boote. The documentary about the organic food industry will be screened at the Austrian Embassy, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and other experts, on March 20, 2019 at 7pm.
On February 11, 2019, Austrian Federal Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection Beate Hartinger-Klein presented Austria’s perspective on addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion at the 70th session of the United Nation’s Commission for Social Development in New York City.
The USA Biz Awards are bestowed every year to recognize outstanding achievements by Austrian companies in the highly competitive U.S. market. This year’s winners, picked by a jury with the Austrian Trade Commission in Los Angeles are: Wewalka, KNAPP, KTM, Anton Paar, AVL List and StreamUnlimited.
Maria Vassilakou, Vice Mayor of Austria’s capital, visited the Windy City from January 31 to February 2, 2019, to discuss urban development and planning as well as the concepts of smart and resilient cities with her Chicago interlocutors, Chief Resilience Officer Stefan Schaffer and Deputy Budget Director Molly Poppe.
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the Austrian Embassy hosted prominent members of Jewish communities from the East and West Coast for the annual fundraising gala dinner of In Shifra’s Arms, the nation’s only Jewish non-profit organization for pregnant women in need.
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.
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”.