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Austria and Croatia Business and Diplomatic Relations

Hauliers Warn Against Schengen Border Close Down

If controls were to be resumed at Austria’s borders fully, the transport sector would incur a loss of up to EUR 8.5 million per day. The transport industry is already struggling due to new challenges as a result of the refugee crisis: at the borders to Hungary and Bulgaria, lorries have to queue for up to seven hours, Alexander Klacska, head of the transport division of the Business Chamber of Austria, told APA. The delay is not included in prices under existing contracts.

January 27, 2016

Central and Eastern Europe's Financial Elite Gathered at the CEE Forum in Vienna

The 21st Euromoney Central and Eastern European Forum ended in Vienna today, where 1000 delegates from the region joined local and international investors to help plan, debate and analyze the economic agenda for the region for the year ahead. The vast majority of the delegates have a negative outlook for the year 2016. Only one of the participants expects that this year CEE will grow more than 3.5%.

January 20, 2016

Strabag Builds Hydroelectric Power Plant in Bosnia-Herzegovina Worth € 57 Million

A consortium consisting of Austrian construction group Strabag and Croatian industrial company Končar has been awarded the contract to build the Vranduk power plant on the river Bosna on behalf of energy supply company JP Elektroprivreda BiH.

January 11, 2016

Wishing you Peace, Joy and Happiness in the New Year

Dear Reader, As the year comes to an end, I wanted to write and thank you for your support. It's the loyalty of readers like you that enables us to provide our service. This year saw us once again reporting on topics related to cross-border activities in business and diplomacy. Our mission remains to inform and to connect Austria's international professionals and expatriates to enable them to be more productive and successful. Whatever 2016 brings, my editorial team and I will continue to bring you the latest in Austrian-international news and insight. I wish you a peaceful and prosperous holiday season and - till next year. Warm regards, Dr. Peter J. Friedl, Editor, FriedlNews

December 23, 2015

FriedlNews wishes Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Vienna!

Warmest wishes for the season, and sincere thanks for your loyalty throughout the years! Our service will be closed untill January 11th, 2016. The FriedlNews Team

December 23, 2015

Report: Drug Money and Opiate Trafficking on the Balkan Route

A report recently launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows that the total value of illicit heroin and opium trafficked from Afghanistan to Western Europe through the Balkans amounts to some $28 billion every year. Sixty-five per cent of this total ($18 billion) is generated in Western and Central Europe.

December 14, 2015

Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Council of Ministers Places 27 New Diplomats at Head of Embassies

The Council of Ministers of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to place 27 new Austrian diplomats at head of Austrian Embassies worldwide.

December 10, 2015

Austria Supports Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU Reform Agenda

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Secretary General, Linhart visited Sarajevo. EU-accession and fight against radicalization were in the centre of the talks. Linhart: “Full support for the Bosnian reform route”.

November 20, 2015

Heta to Cut a Few Hundred Jobs in 2016

The successor of Hypo Alpe Adria will have to cut more jobs already next year. This was announced by the head of Heta, Sebastian Schoenaich-Carolath. Particular people who will be affected, will be informed in advance. Anyway, in five years the former Hypo and thus, the employees remaining in "bad bank” are supposed to be dismissed.

November 20, 2015

Journalism Award “Writing for CEE 2015” Goes to Martin Leidenfrost

The EUR 5,000 "Writing for CEE" journalist prize has been awarded for the twelfth time. Journalists from all round Europe – including Northern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and the CIS countries – have been invited to submit their works. The Austrian Journalist Martin Leidenfrost wins the “Writing for CEE 2015” award for his column "Expedition Europe". At the award ceremony writer and honorary guest Karl-Markus Gauß touched on the discovery of Europe and SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said, that Europe faces new boundaries and divisions.

November 18, 2015 · Updated: November 20, 2015; 19:00