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I N T E R N AT I O N A L AC T I V I T I E S O F T H E C I T Y O F V I E N N A




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    FOREWORD........................................................................ 7                                             ACTIVITIES OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
                                                                                                                                   EXECUTIVE GROUPS AND INSTITUTIONS .......................22
                                                                                                                                   Chief Executive Office .........................................................................................22
    VIENNA’S COOPERATION PROJECTS
                                                                                                                                   Education, Youth, Information and Sports ...........................................................27
    WITH OTHER CITIES AND COUNTRIES .............................. 8
                                                                                                                                   Press and Information Service (PID) ....................................................................29
    Bratislava/Slovakia ............................................................................................... 8
                                                                                                                                   Vienna Board of Education ..................................................................................30
    Budapest/Hungary ................................................................................................ 8
                                                                                                                                   Finance, Economic Affairs and Vienna Public Utilities ......................................... 31
    CENTROPE – Central European Region ................................................................. 8
                                                                                                                                   Special Envoy of the City of Vienna for International Economic Affairs ................32
    Czech Republic...................................................................................................... 9
                                                                                                                                   Vienna Business Agency (VBA) ...........................................................................32
    Kraków/Poland .................................................................................................... 10
                                                                                                                                   Centre for Innovation and Technology (ZIT) .........................................................34
    Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina ....................................................................... 10
                                                                                                                                   departure ............................................................................................................34
    Tunis/Tunisia ....................................................................................................... 10
                                                                                                                                   Wien Holding .......................................................................................................34
    Dialogue Forums ................................................................................................. 11
                                                                                                                                   TINA - Transport Infrastructure Needs Assessment ...........................................36

                                                                                                                                   Vienna Public Utilities ..........................................................................................37
    TARGET DESTINATIONS ................................................. 12
                                                                                                                                   Wien Energie group .............................................................................................38
    Bratislava ............................................................................................................ 12
                                                                                                                                   Vienna Employment Promotion Fund (waff)......................................................... 41
    Montenegro ......................................................................................................... 14
                                                                                                                                   Health and Social Policy ......................................................................................42
    Ukraine................................................................................................................ 15
                                                                                                                                   Vienna Hospital Association ................................................................................43
    Zurich .................................................................................................................. 16
                                                                                                                                   Vienna Social Fund ..............................................................................................44

                                                                                                                                   Substance Abuse and Drug Policy Coordination ..................................................45

    ORGANISATIONS AND NETWORKS ................................. 18                                                                Vienna Commissioner for Women‘s Health ..........................................................45

    AER – Assembly of European Regions................................................................. 18                         Vienna Patient Advocacy Group...........................................................................45

    ARC – Airport Regions Conference...................................................................... 18                      Retirement Homes ..............................................................................................46

    CEMR – Council of European Municipalities and Regions.................................... 18                                   Integration, Women’s Issues, Consumer Protection and Personnel .....................46

    CLIP – Cities for Local Integration Policy for Migrants......................................... 19                            Anti-Discrimination Unit for Same-Sex Lifestyles ...............................................48

    CoR – Committee of the Regions ........................................................................ 19                     Cultural Affairs and Science ................................................................................48

    EUROCITIES ........................................................................................................ 19         Wien Museum .....................................................................................................50

    LHC – The League of Historical Cities .................................................................20                      Urban Development and Transport ...................................................................... 51

    regleg. – European Regions with Legislative Powers .........................................21                                 Environment ........................................................................................................54

    UCUE – Union of Capitals of the European Union ...............................................21                               Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal............................................58

    UCSEEC – Union of Central and Southeastern European Capitals ......................21                                          Auditing Department ...........................................................................................59




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VIENNA REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES ...............................60                                                       DISTRICT PARTNERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES ...................84
Vienna Representative Office Brussels / Vienna House .......................................60                        4th Municipal District – Wieden ...........................................................................84

Vienna Representative Office China .................................................................... 61            9 th Municipal District – Alsergrund ......................................................................84

Vienna Representative Office Tokyo ....................................................................62             11th Municipal District – Simmering.....................................................................84

Compress Representative Offices in Central, Eastern and South-East Europe ....63                                      13th Municipal District – Hietzing.........................................................................84

                                                                                                                      14th Municipal District – Penzing .........................................................................84

                                                                                                                      16th Municipal District – Ottakring ......................................................................85
VIENNA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION ..............................66
                                                                                                                      17th Municipal District – Hernals .........................................................................85
Recent developments of importance for Vienna ..................................................66
                                                                                                                      21st Municipal District – Floridsdorf ....................................................................86
The EU Relations Commission of the City Council ..............................................67
                                                                                                                      23rd Municipal District – Liesing ..........................................................................86
EU assistance and programmes .........................................................................67



                                                                                                                      ÖSTERREICHISCHER STÄDTEBUND –THE ASSOCIATION
INTERNATIONAL GUESTS AT VIENNA CITY HALL ..........70
                                                                                                                      OF AUSTRIAN CITIES AND TOWNS .................................87
International guests received by the Mayor .........................................................70

Entries in the City of Vienna’s Golden Book .........................................................71

Speakers of the Vienna Provincial Parliament .....................................................71                  UEFA EURO 2008TM AUSTRIA-SWITZERLAND ................89



VISITS ABROAD BY THE MAYOR.....................................72                                                     INDEX OF COUNTRIES, REGIONS AND CITIES ................90



INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS..................................73                                                       THE ORGANISATION OF THE VIENNA CITY
The United Nations ..............................................................................................73
                                                                                                                      ADMINISTRATION............................................................93
Vienna Service Office ......................................................................................... 74



                                                                                                                      CONTACT ........................................................................94
INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE
AND AID MEASURES .......................................................75



The Vienna Tourist Board...............................................76



WIEN PRODUCTS ............................................................82




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                                                                                                               Foreword




Dr. Michael Häupl                              Prof. Walter Nettig



                        In 2008, the international activities of the City of       on year confirms that we are on the right track with
                        Vienna were again dominated by a large number              our efforts to concentrate on expanding our tourism
                        of initiatives, projects and events that placed the        markets despite the increasingly difficult global eco-
                        spotlight on all the key aspects of our multifaceted       nomic conditions. The Greater Vienna region, which
                        metropolis. What made the past year something              is the key geographical unit in international rankings
                        very special indeed, however, was an event of truly        that include overnight stays in the municipalities
                        unique proportions. Acting as host city of the 13th        surrounding major cities, registered the remark-
                        European Football Championship UEFA EURO 2008TM            able figure of some eleven million overnight stays
                        was a singular honour for Vienna as well as a global       in 2008, allowing Vienna to successfully defend its
                        advertisement for our city. Ever since Austria and         position among Europe’s top destinations.
                        Switzerland were announced as the host countries
                        back in 2002, the entire city administration, together     At this point we could have added a plethora of other
                        with other administrative and functional entities,         achievements in many areas to this gratifying review
                        had been engaged in intensive strategic and organi-        of 2008, had it not been for the sad death this year
                        sational preparations for the spectacular three-week       of our former mayor Prof. Dr. Helmut Zilk. With his
                        festival of football. A host of challenges relating to     passing we have not only lost a valued friend and
                        infrastructure, technology, traffic and transport          companion, but above all also an ambassador for
                        planning and security policy had to be overcome            Vienna who was highly esteemed and respected the
                        and resolved in order to stage this major event of         world over. Deeply concerned with enhancing Vienna’s
                        unparalleled magnitude for the people of Vienna and        international reputation at all times, Helmut Zilk
                        thousands of Austrian and foreign visitors. It was not     can justifiably be described as the founding father
                        least thanks to the optimum preparations and smooth        and initiator of “Viennese international relations”.
                        cooperation on the part of all involved that the city      While taking this opportunity to thank all those who
                        was able to present itself to the football-loving public   are involved in international activities on behalf
                        as a safe metropolis at the heart of Europe and as a       of our city, we would therefore also like to extend
                        centre of culture and joie de vivre, not only at and       an invitation to you all: let us carry on together in
                        around the seven European championship matches             Helmut Zilk’s footsteps, tackling the forthcoming
                        played in Vienna but throughout the entire duration        challenges with dedication and élan. Let us continue
                        of the tournament.                                         our strategy of strengthening our competitiveness
                        Vienna’s tourist industry also scored some major           through successful international relations, a policy
                        triumphs in 2008: surpassing the “magic figure” of         that will enable the City of Vienna to publish positive
                        ten million overnight stays and a 5.8 % increase year      annual reviews for years to come!
Photos: Kurt Keinrath




                                           Dr. Michael Häupl                                       Prof. Walter Nettig
                                            Mayor and Governor                          Special Envoy for International Economic Affairs




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           Vienna’s cooperation                                  The exhibition “Vienna and Budapest – in the eyes
                                                                 of each other” was shown at the Nessim Gallery in
           projects with other cities                            Budapest in October.
           and countries
                                                                 CENTROPE – Central European Region
           Bratislava/Slovakia                                                                          www.centrope.info
           (see the chapter on » target destinations)            The CENTROPE Interreg III A project was the outcome
                                                                 of several years of practical cross-border cooperation
           Budapest/Hungary                                      between the Austrian federal provinces of Vienna,
           In the year under report, two meetings of experts     Lower Austria and Burgenland with the neighbour-
           with the focus on city planning, urban development,   ing regions, cities and towns in the Czech Republic,
           transport planning, traffic management, gover-        Slovakia and Hungary. From 2009 CENTROPE is being
           nance and the metropolitan region were organised      continued under the transnational European Union
           at the initiative of Budapest. Each of these work-    programme CENTRAL EUROPE. The operational
           shops held in Budapest and Vienna, respectively,      work will be executed by a consortium comprising
           convened a group of about 40 participants. Vienna     the following entities: Business Agency of Lower
           was represented by the Executive Office for Urban     Austria (ecoplus), RMB Regional Management Bur-
           Planning, Development and Construction/Execu-         genland, WIBAG Burgenland Business Agency, Re-
           tive Group for Urban Planning as well as Municipal    gional Consulting, WWFF Vienna Business Agency
           Departments 18, 19, 27 along with representatives     and, as Vienna-based coordinator, Europaforum
           of Wiener Linien, the SUM Urban/Suburban Manage-      Wien – Centre for Urban Dialogue and European
           ment and the Industrieviertel Regional Development    Policy. In geographic terms, the CENTROPE region
           Association. Excursions were made to the Erdberger    encompasses Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna,
           Mais and Gasometer Town projects in Vienna and the    the South Moravian Region (Jihomoravský kraj),
           Magdolna Quarter and the Metro Line 4 in Budapest.    the territorial units Trnava and Bratislava and the
                                                                             counties of Györ-Moson-Sopron and Vas as
                                                                             well as the cities of St. Pölten, Eisenstadt,
                                                                             Brno, Trnava, Bratislava, Györ, Sopron
                                                                             und Szombathely. Over six million people
                                                                             live in this region.

                                                                             The CENTROPE prize endowed with
                                                                             10,000 euros prize money awarded by the
                                                                             Raiffeinsenlandesbank Niederösterreich-
                                                                             Wien and the City of Vienna for outstand-
                                                                             ing achievements in cross-border regional
                                                                             work was presented to Mayor Dr. Boris
                                                                             Šimkovič of the Slovak municipality of
                                                                             Záhorska Vés and Major Ljos Horváth of
                                                                             the Hungarian municipality of Bük. The
                                                                             prize-winning projects were the establish-
                                                                             ment of a ferry service across the river


                                                                             CENTROPE award ceremony, the prize winners Dr. Boris
                                                                             Šimkovic and Lajos Horváth with Ambassador Dr. Istvan
                                                                             Horvath/Hungary (front, from left) and Ambassador
                                                                             Dr. Jan Koukal/Czech Republic, jury chairman Karl Hanzl,
                                                                             Executive City Councillor for Urban Development, Traffic
                                                                             and Transport Rudolf Schicker, Deputy Director General of
                                                                             Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien Dr. Robert Gruber, Ambassador
                                                                             Dr. Peter Lizák/Slovakia (from left) (Schaub-Walzer)



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March, which is to link Slovakia with the Austrian
town of Angern and will presently be replaced by
a permanent bridge, and a Hungarian initiative
resulting in the establishment of a regional thermal
cluster, Regions-Net and City-Net, that provides for
a regular cross-border exchange of information
between experts.

The Wiener Planungswerkstatt exhibition centre
presented the region in an exhibition compris-
ing 50 presentation boards; the project partner
of an explanatory brochure, “Quo Vadis Eastern         Transportation Symposium in Brno with TINA Vienna Managing Director Alexandra Vogl, Executive City
Region”, was the Municipal Department for Urban        Councillor Rudolf Schicker, Mayor Roman Onderka, Deputy Governor of South Moravia Anna Procházková,
                                                       Deputy Mayor Martin Ander/ Brno, Dr. Marie Zezulková/Municipality of Brno (from left) (Bohmann-Events)
Development and Planning (MA 18). The Vienna
Board of Education has a long-standing twelve-year
cooperation with this region on educational matters;   At the New Brno City Hall the exhibition piece “Young
an EU-subsidised project was EdTWIN (Education         Viennese Architects” by twelve teams of architects
Twinning for European Citizenship, Heading for         was inaugurated by Deputy Mayor Martin Ander,
Excellence).                                           Vienna City Council Member Karlheinz Hora, Planning
                                                       Director of the City of Vienna Dr. Kurt Puchinger
In the Bratislava Memorandum entitled “Long-term       and Walter Persché, the Director of the Austrian
professional cooperation” the partners agreed to       Cultural Forum in Prague. A traffic symposium held
expand and further intensify their cooperation in      in May was attended by the Mayor of Brno, Roman
the period 2008 to 2011 by adopting a joint collabo-   Onderka, and Vienna Executive City Councillor
rative management approach (“basic cooperation”)       Rudolf Schicker. The agenda was dominated by
and implementing a number of projects on thematic      traffic and environmental issues and the City of
foci (“alliance cooperation projects”).                Vienna’s Climate Protection Programme.

Czech Republic                                         With a delegation including representatives of
Prague and Vienna signed a memorandum on coop-         Brno Technical University, Brno’s Deputy Mayor
eration and the exchange of know-how in the field      Dr. Daniel Rychnovsky paid a visit to Vienna’s Musik-
of park and green area development. The “Vienna        verein concert hall, which might be taken as a role
Videos” DVD collection by MUSA (German acronym         model for the reconstruction of the Brno Philharmonic
for Museum on Demand) was shown at the Compress        concert hall. A Brno delegation of eight headed by the
Representative Office. The Municipal Department        Director General for Public Lighting, Michal Coupek,
Traffic Management and Organisation (MA 46)            visited Municipal Department 33 (Public Lighting).
held a lecture on pedestrian traffic in Vienna at a    Brno is redesigning, expanding and adapting the
conference in Prague. (For further activities » see    city’s public lighting infrastructure.
the individual chapters)
                                                       50 mayors, local politicians and directors within the
The 17th Brno Symposium – Dialogue at the Centre       Association of Czech Historical Towns on a study tour
of Europe, was held in March. In various contribu-     in Austria made a stopover in Vienna. The thematic
tions the lecturers focused on the convergence of      foci of this fact-finding trip were old town preserva-
“old and new” Europe, integration and the role of      tion and the protection of monuments. The group
the regions. The symposium was organised by Ack-       was received at the City Hall by City Councillor Pro-
ermann Gemeinde e.V. association (Munich) and          fessor Dr. Ernst Pfleger; expert presentations were
the Bernard Bolzano Society in cooperation with        given by Municipal Department 19 (Architecture
the City of Brno and the South Moravian Region         and Urban Design) and the Vienna Tourist Board.
(Jihomoravský kraj).                                   District Chairpersons Dr. Ursula Stenzl (1st Municipal



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                                                                   325th anniversary of King Jan Sobieski’s ride to the relief of Vienna in
                                                                   Kraków (Compress)



                                                                   Kraków/Poland
                                                                   A large number of expert delegations visited differ-
                                                                   ent City of Vienna municipal institutions. Tadeusz
                                                                   Trzmiel, Deputy Mayor of the City of Kraków, con-
                                                                   ducted talks on the preparations for UEFA EURO
                                                                   2012TM, the construction of a waste incineration
                                                                   plant, business management models for municipal
                                                                   multi-purpose halls using the example of Wiener
                                                                   Stadthallen Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft
                                                                   m. b. H. and on the establishment of a museum
                                                                   of modern art in Kraków. The contents of a new
                                                                   municipal cooperation agreement were accorded
                                                                   with Vienna’s Director General of Urban Planning,
                                                                   Development and Construction, Gerhard Weber,
                                                                   who also received the Honoris Gratia medal, the
                                                                   City of Kraków’s highest decoration of merit, for
                                                                   his commitment to promoting cooperation between
                                                                   the two cities.

                                                                   Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina
                                                                   Sarajevo Days featuring a broad spectrum of events
                                                                   were organised in a period of five weeks from mid-
                                                                   April. The Mayors Dr. Michael Häupl and Semiha
                                                                   Borovac jointly inaugurated the series of events
            District) and Adolf Tiller (19th Municipal District)   encompassing exhibi-tions, concerts, a trade and
            hosted the guests on their second day in Vienna.       tourism show and a fashion revue. Sarajevo thus recip-
            In the autumn the Czech Republic and Slovakia          rocated Vienna’s visit in the previous year. The Lola
            together with Vienna’s Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl         group attracted a large crowd to an open air concert
            commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Prague        in Vienna’s Augarten park. One of the highlights was
            Spring at Vienna City Hall.                            the presentation of the Sarajevo Haggadah (Jewish
                                                                   Bible) and Ahdnama (Oath), probably one of the
                                                                   oldest extant human rights documents.

                                                                   Twelve children from a children’s home enjoyed
                                                                   Vienna’s hospitality in August. In 2007 the Bjelave
                                                                   orphanage had been devastated by a fire.

                                                                   Tunis/ Tunisia
                                                                   In January the Mayor of the City of Tunis, Abbès
                                                                   Mohsen, visited Vienna with a delegation. The
                                                                   highlight of the intensive expert programme was
                                                                   the signing of a joint friendship and cooperation
                                                                   declaration with a specified work focus on planning
                                                                   and cultural issues as well as green areas and decen-
                                                                   Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl with his Tunis counterpart Abbès Mohsen after
                                                                   signing the Joint Declaration (media wien)



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Dialogue Forum, Anastasija Muchamedchanova/ Moscow, Shams Asadi Samavati/Independent Commissioner for the Protection of Civil Servants, City Councillor Dr. Michael Ludwig
(centre), Kateřina Szentesiová/ Prague, Nedreta Komarica/ Sarajevo (front row, from left), Jarkun Muchamedchano/ Moscow, Mateo Turró Calvet and Brian Field/EIB Luxembourg,
Sabine Mašek/Europaforum Wien (2nd row, from left), Said Jamakovic/ Sarajevo, Stjepan Kelcedc-Suhovec/ Zagreb, Milan Turba/ Prague, Dr. Johannes Lutter/Europaforum Wien
(3rd row, from left), Dr. Wolfgang Förster/MA 50, Silvia Bankl/MD-AB, Berthold Lehner/wohnfonds_wien, Dr. Christian Pöhn/MA 39 and, behind, trainee at MA 18 (back row, from left)
(Gisela Ortner)


tralisation. The visit was planned to commemorate                           area of services of general interest. The participants
the initiation of diplomatic relations between Tunisia                      also agreed to expand their cooperation in economic
and Austria 50 years ago.                                                   terms. In a joint declaration the signatories expressed
                                                                            their commitment to counteract
Dialogue Forums                                                             the EU’s liberalisation trend in
In September a Dialogue Forum on urban develop-                             the field of water supply and
ment and urban renewal convened representatives                             wastewater disposal and to re-
of the cities of Moscow, Prague, Sarajevo and Zagreb.                       tain and render these services
Discussions with experts from the European Invest-                          of general interest within the
ment Bank and two field study excursions rounded                            immediate sphere of influence of
off the programme. Dr. Michael Ludwig, City Coun-                           the respective municipalities. On
cillor for Housing, Housing Construction and Urban                          behalf of Vienna the declaration
Renewal, welcomed the delegation.                                           was signed by the Director
                                                                            General of Urban Planning,
December witnessed the 2nd Dialogue Forum on ur-                            Development and Construction,
ban and environmental technologies. Politicians and                         Gerhard Weber, in the presence
decision-makers from Belgrade, Kraków, Ljubljana,                           of Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl.
Moscow and Zagreb followed the invitation to Vienna.
Agenda presentations and discussions focused on the
                                                                                               Executive City Councillor
water supply and wastewater disposal structures in
                                                                                       Dr. AndreasMailath-Pokorny and
the participating cities and planned projects in the                            Mayor Semiha Borovac/ Sarajevo (Votava)



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            TARGET DESTINATIONS                                         one of the leading European locations for industry,
                                                                        technology and business. In May, economists and
            More and more large European cities are bundling            business experts discussed the perspectives and op-
            their forces when it comes to international city            portunities of the Twin City Region at an economic
            marketing activities. The City of Vienna adopted this       summit at the Bratislava Primate’s Palace. Focal is-
            approach in 2007, teaming up with the Vienna Tourist        sues on the agenda were competitive strength and
            Board, the Vienna Business Agency (VBA) and the             global challenges.
            Vienna Economic Chamber. International activities
            of all partners in this cooperation are now marketed        Two weeks prior to the official kick-off of the European
            under the umbrella of the Vienna brand.                     Football Championship in Vienna, sporting encounters
                                                                        in the form of mini football tournaments between
            Every year, major events are planned at the international   municipal department staff, journalists and school
            level with the aim of achieving a strong presence in        pupils from the two cities set the stage for UEFA
            target markets based on theme-specific programmes           EURO 2008TM.
            addressing defined target groups. This market pres-
            ence is further enhanced by Viennese balls, Viennese        A well developed traffic and transport infrastructure
            galas, expert conferences and exhibitions.                  is an important prerequisite for strengthening mu-
                                                                        tual relations. Vienna and Bratislava already joined
                                                                        forces several years ago with the aim of optimising
            Bratislava                                                  traffic and transport infrastructure. On the Danube
            Of all capital cities of the world, only Brazzaville and    barge Negrelli in Bratislava more than 80 participants
            Kinshasa are closer together geographically than            convened for the Fifth Traffic and Transport Sym-
            Bratislava and Vienna. In recent years the two cities       posium to discuss topical issues and the challenges
            greatly enhanced their relations, in particular with        of urban transport and transportation policy. The
            regard to the exchange of information at expert             successful outcome, among other things, consisted
            level. 2008 had been declared the “European Year            in concrete plans to further improve access to the
            of Intercultural Dialogue” by the European Commis-          region by means of an additional tram/rail connection
            sion. The two cities took advantage of the occasion         along the S7 expressway. A further agenda item was
            to launch a year of cooperation: the “Twin City Year”       to enhance air traffic connections. The symposium
            was dedicated to furthering cooperation between the         organised by TINA Vienna and Bohmann Events
            two cities with a number of initiatives and events          was inaugurated by Executive City Councillor for
            in various areas such as business and commerce,             Urban Development Rudolf Schicker and Deputy
            infrastructure, culture, sports and education.              Mayor Dr. Milan Cílek.

            The maiden voyage of Twin City Liner II to Bratislava       Jazz musicians from Vienna and Bratislava led by the
            in May inaugurated the season of events. Among the          Viennese jazz celebrity Papa Bilek staged a concert
            guests on board the new catamaran were Austrian             entitled “A Tribute to Lionel Hampton” within the
            Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer, the President          framework of the Bratislava Cultural Summer. More
            of the Slovak Republic Dr. Ivan Gašparovic, Vienna’s        than 250 guests and representatives of the media
            Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl, Deputy Mayor Renate                gathered in the courtyard of the Old Town Hall for
            Brauner and Executive City Councillor for Urban             this event. Five Vienna and five Bratislava schools
            Development Rudolf Schicker. Bratislava’s Mayor             organised a two-day exchange visit for a total of 250
            Andrej Ďurkovský welcomed the guests at the land-           pupils. The work programme centred on the Danube
            ing stage in Bratislava.                                    as a link between the two cities.

            According to recent studies, the Vienna/Bratislava          2008 was also the “Vienna Year of Architecture”:
            region has already evolved into one of the strongest        In the autumn, the architecture exhibition “YO.V.A.2
            economic regions in the European Union. Efforts are         – Young Viennese Architects” was on show at the
            aimed at further developing this region to make it          Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. Twelve



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Viennese architectural firms showcased highlights        At a Twin City Expert Conference 30 municipal ad-       Deputy Mayor Renate
of Vienna’s young architecture scene with a special      ministration experts from the two cities convened       Brauner with her counter-
                                                                                                                 part Anna Dyttertová at
focus on creative and intelligent design concepts        to discuss possible cooperation projects. The subject   the Slovak Philharmonic
linking Viennese tradition and modernity. Expert         areas offering the greatest synergy potential for       Concert Hall in Bratislava
                                                                                                                 (PID)
talks on the premises of the Slovak Association of       future cooperation – urban development, regional
Architects and a university lecture were arranged        planning, infrastructure & transportation as well as
on the sidelines of the exhibition.                      business, science, research and innovation – were
                                                         defined in the run-up to the conference. The agenda
Bratislava was also the focal point of the traditional   items were selected with a view to conceptual plans
“Hörbiger Cultural Salon“, which has dedicated           for new urban development projects: in Vienna the
itself to the promotion of talented young artists        Aspern airfield and its surroundings in the north-
from Austria and Central Eastern Europe. The             east (“Centrope City”), in Bratislava the “Centrope
Viennese Mara Mastalir won the arts prize in the         Valley” to the west of the city. In these projects,
contest featuring two opera singers from each of         both municipalities are prioritising “new urbanity”
the two cities. The Hörbiger Cultural Salon is a         models with a “knowledge-based economy” focus,
regular event organised four times a year with the       setting great store by a research and innovation-
support of the City of Vienna Press and Information      based approach as a driving force. The two urban
Service (MA 53-PID). With a framework programme          development centres will be linked by a rail connec-
focussing on art cooperation between Vienna and          tion in the future.
cities in the Central and Eastern European area,
the event serves as a meeting point for invited          The Twin City Year ended on 23 November with a
guests from the world of politics, business and art.     Viennese gala on the occasion of the joint Twin City



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                                                                                            years runs to 1.5 million euros; Vienna’s contribution
                                                                                            amounts to 1 million euros. On the Austrian side,
                                                                                            the project partners include waff PM GmbH (lead
                                                                                            partner), the strategic partner Municipal Depart-
                                                                                            ment 27 (EU Strategy and Economic Development)
                                                                                            and the partners of the Territorial Employment Pact
                                                                                            for Vienna (waff, the Vienna Public Employment
                                                                                            Service (AMS), the Vienna Chamber of Labour, the
                                                                                            Austrian Trade Union Federation (OeGB), the Vienna
                                                                                            Economic Chamber (WKW), the Vienna Federation
                                                                                            of Industry and the Federal Social Services Office,
                                                                                            Vienna Regional Office). A further strategic partner
                                                                                            is the Industrieviertel Regional Development Associa-
                                                                                            tion. The Slovak partners include the Office for Work,
                                                                                            Social Issues and Family and the labour exchanges
                                                                                            of western Slovakia, the Bratislava regional govern-
                                                                                            ment, the Confederation of Employers’ Associations
                                                                                            and the Trade Union Confederation.

                                                                                            The project pursues the following objectives: im-
                                                                                            proving the transparency of the future cross-border
                                                                                            labour market, strengthening active labour market
     City Council Member Erich     Concert at the Slovak Philharmonic’s Reduta concert      policy and the implementation of pilot projects. The
         Valentin with Mayor Dr.   hall. The representatives and project partners of        overall project is subdivided into nine sub-projects
     Miomir Mugosa/ Podgorica
            and Hannes Gluttig/    the two cities involved in the annual programme          (a multilingual job guide Internet platform, the
             Executive Group for   met at the Viennese gala to look back on the year’s      development of a cross-border employment pact,
                   Construction
     and Technology (from left)    collaborative projects and forge plans for further       networking of education and training institutions,
           (Regina Wiala-Zimm)     cooperation. The gala highlight was a surprise gift      preparing a EURES-T partnership of labour market
                                   to the city of Bratislava: the Twin City Waltz, a spe-   administration entities, cooperation in teacher
                                   cial arrangement of melodies composed by Gejza           training, development of an overall regional iden-
                                   Dusík and Johann Strauß the Younger by Augustin          tity, e-learning programmes, development of a
                                   Lehfuss and premiered at the gala by a brass quintet.    cross-border retraining centre, development of
                                   Vienna’s Deputy Mayor Renate Brauner symbolically        socio-economic services modelled on the Austrian
                                   presented a bound edition of the musical score to her    system in Bratislava).
                                   Slovak counterpart Anna Dyttertová. Directly after
                                   the gala reception, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra        In the autumn, the Czech Republic and Slovakia
                                   and the Slovak Philharmonic performed works by           together with Vienna’s Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl
                                   Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Nepumuk Hummel              commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Prague
                                   and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.                             Spring at Vienna City Hall.

                                   The year under report saw the launch of the Vienna/
                                   Bratislava Supra-Regional Employment Initiative by       Montenegro
                                   the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund (waff).             In October, Vienna Days were held in Montenegro.
                                   The project is co-funded by the European Fund            Podgorica hosted workshops on “urban development
                                   for Regional Development (EFRD) and the Slovak           in the enlarged EU”. In the presence of Austrian Am-
                                   Ministry of Construction and Regional Development        bassador Florian Raunig, experts from Vienna gave
                                   within the scope of the Austria-Slovakia Cross-Border    presentations on subjects such as project manage-
                                   Cooperation Operational Programme. The volume            ment in administrative services, water supply, waste
                                   of the project scheduled for a period of about three     disposal, energy efficiency and EU assistance issues.



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                                                                                                               Chernivtsi




                                                                                                               Symposium and exhibition
                                                                                                               at the Lviv Polytechnic
                                                                                                               National University to
                                                                                                               coincide with the Vienna
                                                                                                               Days, Prof. Dr. Bohdan
                                                                                                               Tscherkes/ Lviv with
                                                                                                               Austrian Honorary Consul
                                                                                                               for Western Ukraine
The Viennese delegation headed by City Council           Kokoschka, was inaugurated at the Lviv Art Gallery    Yaroslav Nakonechny,
                                                                                                               Prof. Mykola Bewz/
Member Erich Valentin visited the newly erected          by the Vienna City Councillor for Cultural Affairs,   ICOMOS Ukraine and
waste disposal site, the new administrative building     Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, who, together with       Rudolf Zunke/Executive
                                                                                                               Group for Construction and
of the Vodovod water supply company and Plantaze         Mayor Andriy Sadovyy also hosted an orchestral        Technology
vineyard, Europe’s largest wine-growing estate.          concert featuring the Wiener Solisten at the Opera    (Thomas J. Resch)


A further expert workshop on water supply, waste
disposal and urban development was held in Ul-
cinj on the Adriatic coast. Manfred Wurm, District
Chairman of Vienna’s 23rd district, handed over a
street-sweeping machine as a gift to the partner
town of Gzim Hajdinaga.



Ukraine
Lviv and Chernivtsi were the Ukrainian locations to
host Vienna events in September and October. Both
of these cities were part of the Austrian or Austro-
Hungarian Monarchy for a period of 150 years. Lviv
was the capital of Galicia and Lodomeria and the
Monarchy’s fourth-largest city. The Kukela music
theatre gave guest performances in both of the cit-
ies. In Lviv, Vienna presented the photo exhibition
“Vienna – my love”. The “Figura Austria” exhibition by
Vienna’s Cathedral and Diocesan Museum featuring,
among other treasures, works by Klimt, Schiele and



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                                                                                              one-week study tour; the City of Vienna contributed
                                                                                              expert lectures on urban design and residential
                                                                                              construction subsidies. A tour of Vienna City Hall
                                                                                              and an evening at a typical Viennese wine tavern
                                                                                              rounded off the programme.
                                                                                              The presentation of the book “The Odessa Connec-
                                                                                              tion” published by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
                                                                                              and the Executive Group for International Relations
                                                                                              on the occasion of the Europe Days in Odessa gener-
                                                                                              ated a broad echo in the media. In September the
                                                                                              Vienna Business Agency (VBA) presented Vienna
                                                                                              as a European hub and bridge to New Europe, with
                                                                                              enterprises and investors exhibiting a keen interest
                                                                                              in the city. The Odessa-Vienna symposium was held
                                                                                              in November, attended by City Councillor Rudolf
                                                                                              Schicker und City Council Member Barbara Novak as
                                                                                              representatives of the Vienna business community
        Presentation of the book    House. At the Lviv Polytechnic National University        and the City of Vienna. About 130 experts met for
      “The Odessa Connection”
                                    the exhibition on Vienna’s UNESCO World Cultural          an exchange of experiences and know-how in the
         to the press in Odessa,
     Thomas J. Resch/MD-AB,         Heritage was shown along with current urban devel-        fields of information and communication technology
            author and publisher    opment projects. Concurrently, a high-profile expert      and e-government.
         Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully/
            Diplomatic Academy      conference on the protection of historic monuments
     (from left) (City of Odessa)   and the preservation of old towns was held. The or-
                                    ganisation of the event was actively supported by the     Zurich
                                    Lviv office of Österreich-Kooperation for scientific,     Zurich and Vienna were the cities occupying places
                                    educational and cultural matters.                         one and two in terms of quality of life in a worldwide
                                                                                              comparison presented by a new Mercer Study. Both
                                    Deputy Speaker of the Vienna Provincial Parliament        cities were match venues for the 2008 European
                                    Prof. Erika Stubenvoll attended the festivities to mark   Football Championship. In mid-April, Vienna pre-
                                    the 600th anniversary of the founding of Chernivtsi       sented itself in Zurich with a programme focussing
                                    and took the occasion to present the local children’s     on these common features.
                                    hospital with an urgently needed ultrasonic device. The
                                    Viennese children’s playground was reopened after         The social prelude to the event was a Viennese gala
                                    thorough refurbishment. Chernivtsi boasts 250,000         with a football-centred show by Cirque du Soleil art-
                                    inhabitants today; the University of Chernivtsi, which    ist Erik Borgman. Some 250 luminaries from Swiss
                                    is famous for its architecture, was inaugurated by        public life attended the gala, among them Zurich’s
                                    the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef in 1875.                 Mayor Dr. Elmar Ledergerber, FIFA President Joseph
                                                                                              Blatter and UEFA EURO 2008TM Coordinator Daniel
                                    Readings of contemporary Austrian literature were         Rupf. A further gala highlight was the performance
                                    organised in Lviv and Kiev; the Confinis Association      by the Swiss pop star Florian Ast with the Austrian
                                    in cooperation with the Philology Institute of Kiev       arranger Christian Kolonovits, who premiered their
                                    University staged a performance of the play “Astoria”     joint musical work. Within the framework of expert
                                    by Jura Soyfer. At the Alte Schmiede arts centre in       talks there was an exchange of know-how on issues
                                    Vienna Ukrainian literature was a focus of readings       of women’s health, environmental protection, broad-
                                    and discussions in the context of the “Literatur im       band technology and research.
                                    Herbst” autumn literary festival.
                                    Within the scope of the cooperation between Vienna        At the Grand Café Metropol the Vienna Business
                                    University of Technology and the Universities of Lviv     Agency (VBA) gave a presentation of Vienna as
                                    and Odessa, Ukrainian students came to Vienna on a        financial centre and investment location with the



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focus on Central and Eastern Europe. The high-profile
panel featuring Dr. Michael Buhl, CEO of the Vienna
stock exchange Wiener Börse, Manfred Kunert, Board
Director of Volksbanken AG, Thomas Strobach,
Director of Financial Services at the professional
services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Arthur
Decurtins, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management at
Swiss UBS AG, discussed issues relating to Vienna as
an investment location. About 135 Swiss investors
and opinion-makers attended the event.

In the run-up to UEFA EURO 2008TM, football enthu-
siasts among Austria’s street cleaners took on their
Swiss colleagues in a “street cleaners’ derby”. Three
weeks later a return match took place in Vienna.
The Head of the Vienna Delegation, Vienna City            An exclusive presentation introduced Swiss wine         Viennese gala in
                                                                                                                  Zurich, Mayor Dr. Elmar
Councillor for Cultural Affairs Dr. Andreas Mailath-      writers and wine importers to a selection of wines
                                                                                                                  Ledergerber/ Zurich and
Pokorny, paid a visit to the Kunsthaus Zurich fine        from the City of Vienna’s Cobenzl vineyard and the      his wife, FIFA President
arts museum, the Schauspielhaus Zurich theatre and        WienWein estates (Christ, Edlmoser, Wieninger, Zahel)   Sepp Blatter, Vienna
                                                                                                                  Executive City Councillor
the Eidgenössische Technical University, Zurich. He       as well as the Mayer am Pfarrplatz and Rotes Haus       for Cultural Affairs Dr.
also met with the Mayor of Zurich. A press confer-        wineries. The subsequent wine tasting convinced         Andreas Mailath-Pokorny
                                                                                                                  (from left) (PID/Gerhard
ence centred on the cultural programme during the         more than 120 guests from political circles and the     Weinkirn)
European Football Championship, the Zurich-Vienna         local business community of the quality of Vienna’s
cultural axis and the Oscar award received by an          wine. The Austrian “wine priest” Father Hans Denk,
Austrian film.                                            together with tenor Heinz Holecek, soprano Marcela
                                                          Cerno and the Viennese Ambassade Septett, were
The closing event of Vienna’s presentation in Zurich      responsible for the accompanying musical programme.
was dedicated to the topic of wine. With some 700         After the presentation Vienna’s vineyard representa-    Street cleaners’ derby in
                                                                                                                  Zurich with City Councillor
hectares of vineyards, Vienna is the only metropolis      tives were busy filling their order books.              Ulli Sima
with noteworthy activities in the field of viniculture.                                                           (PID/Gerhard Weinkirn)




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     Organisations and networks


           ORGANISATIONS AND NETWORKS


           AER – Assembly of European Regions                       officers and politicians with EU subsidies and lob-
                                                      www.aer.eu    bying, the Eurodyssée exchange programme and a
           The AER is the largest independent network of regions    variety of other youth programmes such as Youth
           in the wider Europe with currently 270 member            Team and Youth Ambassadors. Activities also in-
           regions from 33 countries and 13 inter-regional          cluded the “Do you speak European?” competition
           member organisations. AER’s mission is to promote        for young people presenting their views of Europe.
           the principle of subsidiarity and regional democracy,    At the Austrian national level the Styrian team
           increase the regions’ political influence within the     emerged victorious; at the Grand European Final
           European institutions, support the regions in the        held in Brussels the team from the Romanian Dolj
           process of European enlargement and globalisation        region won the award.
           and facilitate interregional cooperation across the
           wider Europe and beyond. AER’s General Secretariat
           is based in Strasbourg. AER offices are also located     ARC – Airport Regions Conference
           in Brussels and Alba Iulia.                                                            www.airportregions.org
                                                                    The ARC is an association of European cities and
           At the General Assembly in Tampere (Finland),            regions with an international airport. The ARC
           Michèle Sabban, Vice-President of the Regional Council   members include more than 30 regions; the ap-
           of Ile-de-France, was appointed Acting President of      pertaining airports handle over 550 million passen-
           the AER. Vienna, along with Carinthia and Upper          gers annually. City Council Member Erich Valentin
           Austria, again delegated Members of the Bureau.          represented Vienna in the ARC Board. Madrid was
           The central issues on the agenda in Tampere were         the venue of the ARC Annual General Meeting. One
           migration and integration.                               of the key issues was maintaining a dialogue between
                                                                    the airports and the residents in their environs. At
           In August the 13th Summer School was held in Östersund   Vienna International Airport this task is discharged
           in the central Swedish county of Jämtland, conven-       by the Mediation Competence Center, which col-
           ing about 150 participants. The event was dedicated      lects experiences on an international level for joint
           to the topic of “Youth Entrepreneurship” and was         elaboration of strategies.
           for the first time organised with a joint agenda for
           young people and adults. Vienna participated with
           workshops organised by the Municipal Department          CEMR – Council of European Municipalities
           for EU Strategy and Economic Development (MA             and Regions
           27) and the Intercultural Centre/National Agency                                               www.ccre.org
           EU Programme “Youth in Action”.                          In the reporting year, the Council of European
                                                                    Municipalities and Regions, which is headed by
           Additionally, the City of Vienna was represented in      Vienna’s Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl in the function
           the Committee for Social Policy and Public Health        of President, issued numerous position papers on
           and the Committee for Culture, Education & Youth.        European legislative projects. Worth mentioning are
           An e-health meeting was held in Vienna, where            the activities on the European Commission’s green
           the participating regions presented their manifold       paper on “Urban Mobility”, the EU Directive on
           projects and activities in this area. The participants   Cross-Border Healthcare and the EU Waste Directive.
           also discussed a proposal for a directive regarding      Further, the distribution of the European Charter
           patients’ rights.                                        for Equality of Women and Men was enhanced and
                                                                    a new initiative to promote international coopera-
           One of the many AER activities included the Training     tion between cities was launched with the www.
           Academy, with activities focused on familiarising        twinning.org website.



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                                                                    Organisations and networks


CLIP – Cities for Local Integration Policy                         EUROCITIES
for Migrants                                                                                          www.eurocities.org
                                                                   EUROCITIES, which hosts more than 130 member
Represented by the Municipal Department for Inte-                  cities, represents the urban dimension at the level of
gration and Diversity (MA 17), Vienna was an active                European institutions. The network’s interventions
member of the CLIP network and held a seat in the                  and statements are acknowledged and taken into
CLIP Steering Committee. The network’s objective                   account in legislation. At the 2008 Annual Confer-
is to promote the integration of ethnic minorities                 ence and AGM, The Hague assumed the EUROCI-
in the majority society by means of an exchange of                 TIES Presidency, Copenhagen the Vice Presidency
experiences and status quo assessments.                            and Stockholm retained the Treasury. The overall
                                                                   theme of the 2008 Annual Conference was “Building
At a meeting held in Brussels, City Councillor Sandra              Active Cities – Modern Citizenship and Integrated
Frauenberger delivered a statement on the topic of                 Governance”. The annual EUROCITIES awards went
local administration and integration. Discussions in               to Espoo (Finland) in the field of innovation, New-
Malmö focused on issues regarding intercultural and                castle (UK) in the field of citizen participation and
interfaith dialogue. The experiences made by the 30                Ghent (Belgium) for a cooperation project involving
CLIP cities were presented in the report “Equality                 citizens in local governance.
and diversity in jobs and services: City policies for
migrants in Europe”.                                               Vienna has been a member of the Executive Com-
                                                                   mittee since 2001. Numerous city administration
                                                                   departments are involved in the work of various
CoR – Committee of the Regions                                     working groups. Activities are coordinated by the
                                        www.cor.eu                 Municipal Departments 18 and 27. A selection of
Austria delegates twelve representatives to the CoR,               key topics is given below:
the EU consultative body for local and regional is-
sues comprising a total of 344 members. The CoR
is organised into six commissions, which prepare
five plenary sessions each year. President of the
Committee of the Regions is the former Minister-
President of Flanders and Belgian Senate member
Luc Van den Brande. He was appointed to this office
in February 2008.

Vienna was represented by City Council Member
Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch, who also holds the function
of PES Group Coordinator in the Commission for
Culture, Education and Research (EDUC). Vienna
reported from the meetings of the COTER Commis-
sion responsible for territorial cohesion policy on
behalf of the Austrian CoR delegation.

For work highlights and thematic foci please refer
to the separate » Report on European activities of
the Subgroup for Constitutional Matters and EU
Affairs of the Executive Group for Legal Affairs



                Interactive workshop, summer school in Östersund
                                       (Malgorzata Kucinska/AER)



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           ■ EXCOM – The body focussed on the further                  Sima, City Councillor for Environmental Affairs,
             development of the organisation. Paul Bevan               was appointed as new Chairperson in Zaragoza.
             (UK) assumed the office of Secretary General.
             Intensive cooperation with the Slovak and French       ■ Knowledge Society Forum – TeleCities – Chair
             Presidencies of the EU Council within the scope          held by Bologna. Four work committees: e-Care,
             of territorial cohesion and with the European            e-Rights, e-Government, Broadband.
             Parliament. Declaration on climate change.
                                                                    ■ Mobility Forum – Chair held by Murcia. Four work
           ■ Cooperation Platform – Cross-border coopera-             committees. EU Green Book for a New Culture of
             tion.                                                    Urban Mobility, TEN-T, securing the international
                                                                      accessibility of large cities.
           ■ European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement
             – Chair held by Brno. South-Eastern Europe             ■ Social Affairs Forum – Chair held by Rotterdam.
             student project, media work, inter-regional pro-         Seven work committees, Vienna headed Home-
             grammes.                                                 lessness and Housing. Action plans for social
                                                                      inclusion, EU Project progress, youth policy,
           ■ Governance – Chair held by Berlin. Territorial           culture and education.
             dialogue among local authorities, participation
             of countries in EU affairs.
                                                                    LHC – The League of Historical Cities
           ■ Economic Development Forum – Chair held by                   www.city.kyoto.jp/somu/kokusai/lhcs/eng/index.htm
             The Hague. Seven work committees; Vienna               In June the central Turkish city of Konya, at the in-
             headed “Economic Migration”. Cohesion policy,          vitation of Mayor Tahir Akyürek, hosted the World
             cities and work migration.                             Conference of The League of Historical Cities (LHC).
                                                                    The numerous lectures, workshops and discussions
           ■ Responsible Procurement and Consumption                focused on the keynote theme “Living Cultural
             – Chair held by Lyon. Textiles: minimum em-            Heritage in Historical Cities”. Konya is home to the
             ployment standards, responsible procurement.           mausoleum of one of the most renowned Islamic
             Construction industry: responsibilities under          philosophers and mystics, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
             social security law.                                   Rumi. A settlement almost 8,000 years old excavated
                                                                    at Çatalhöyük created the backdrop against which
           ■ Services of General Interest – Chair held by Vienna.   the 500 participants from 56 cities and 35 states
             Services Directive, Monti package.                     convened. The keynote address was delivered by the
                                                                    Pakistani architect Masood Khan. The Conference
           ■ Environment Forum – Chair held by Gothenburg.          closed with the passing of the Konya Declaration.
             Eight work committees. Environmental manage-
             ment, energy and climate, transport, water. Ulli       The LHC was founded in Kyoto in 1994. The Mayor
                                                                    of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa, is the President of the
                                                                    LHC. Vienna and Xian share the Vice-Presidency.
                                                                    The League has 80 member cities from 52 states.
                                                                    A World Conference is held every two years. One
                                                                    of the organisation’s key tasks is the exchange of
                                                                    information by means of a regular newsletter.




                                                                    Mayor Tahir Akyürek/ Konya (2nd from left)
                                                                    with Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa/ Kyoto,
                                                                    President of the League of Historical Cities
                                                                    (LHC Secretariat)



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                                                            Organisations and networks


regleg. – European Regions
with Legislative Powers           www.regleg.org
Presided over by the Flemish Prime Minister Kris
Peteers, the Conference of Presidents of Legisla-
tive Regions was held in Brussels. Vienna was
represented by the Chairwoman of the Commission
for European Affairs in the Vienna City Council,
Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch.

The opening address was given by Kurt Vanden-
berghe, Head of the Private Office of European
Commissioner for Science and Research Janez
Potočnik. He projected a pessimistic scenario with
regard to climate change and the global economy.
Further speakers included Jo Leinen, Chairman of
the European Parliament’s Constitutional Commit-           in the future. Dublin presented an interactive com-        UCSEEC Annual Conference
                                                                                                                      in Tirana, Dr. Kalliopi (Kelly)
tee, and CoR President Luc Van den Brande. Two             munities website providing a hub for presenting
                                                                                                                      A. Bourdara/Executive
working groups held discussions on the future of           municipal officials and projects and exchanging            Secretary, Mayor
cohesion policy and the future role of the Regions         information.                                               Edi Rama/ Tirana, Mayor
                                                                                                                      Trifun Kostovski/ Skopje
with Legislative Powers within the EU.                                                                                (until 4/2009) (from left)
                                                           Finally, the participants voted unanimously that the       (Regina Wiala-Zimm)
Salzburg, Vienna and Veneto supplemented the               presidency for 2009 be passed to Nicosia.
Declaration of Brussels, above all by current state-
ments on the economic and financial crisis. Vienna
specifically made a contribution dealing with the          UCSEEC – Union of Central and
topic of regional responsibility for services of general   Southeastern European Capitals
economic interest. In the Declaration of Brussels                                            www.cseecunion.org
the REGLEGs called for more adequate participa-            The host city of the 12 UCSEEC Annual Conference in
                                                                                     th

tion and higher priority to be attached to dialogue        2008 was Tirana. The agenda focused on programmes
with the Commission, access to the Court of Justice        for the development of metropolises in the
of the European Communities through the CoR                fields of infrastructure, energy and waste
and an enhanced information policy on the part             disposal. In his opening address, Mayor
of the regions. Following a lengthy discussion, the        Edi Rama emphasised Vienna’s role model
Declaration was unanimously approved. Piemonte             status for the capitals of the new demo-
assumed the Presidency for 2009.                           cratic countries. Vienna contributed an
                                                           expert presentation of the city’s municipal
                                                           environmental technologies.
UCUE – Union of Capitals
of the European Union                 www.uceu.org         UCSEEC associates the capitals Athens,
The 2008 Annual Conference was held in Dublin.             Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Buda-
Discussions focused on joint European-level projects       pest, Kiev, Ljubljana, Nicosia, Podgorica,
in the fields of environmental protection and sustain-     Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Tirana, Zagreb
ability as well as development policy. On the latter,      and Vienna.
Vienna presented its Masibambane school project
in South Africa. Brussels is pursuing a project in the
Democratic Republic of Congo for the development
of a civil registry where births and deaths will be
                                                                  The entire city of Konya gave a warm welcome to
registered on a regular basis. This registry is also
                                                                    the participants in the World Conference of the
to form the basis for orderly democratic elections                    League of Historical Cities (Thomas J. Resch)



                                                                                                                                                        21
     Activities of the Chief Executive Office,
     Executive Groups and Institutions

     Chief Executive Director
       Dr. Ernst Theimer and
                                                                                     The programme also included a visit to the district
      Dr. Margareta Grießler-                                                        administration and district chairperson of Vienna’s
       Hermann, Head of the                                                          3rd district.
       International Relations
     Division in the Executive
        Office of the Mayor of                                                       In the context of intensified cooperation between
               Vienna (Votava)
                                                                                     Paris and Vienna in recent years, Parisian Secretary
                                                                                     General Pierre Guinot-Deléry and Chief Executive
                                                                                     Director Theimer initiated an in-depth exchange of
                                                                                     information on various aspects of modernisation of
                                                                                     city administration. In addition to expert meetings,
                                                                                     a personnel exchange programme was launched to
                                                                                     give members of both city administrations oppor-
                                                                                     tunities to gather practical on-the-job experience in
                                                                                     the administration of the partner city. One of the
                                                                                     objectives of this close cooperation is to advance the
                                                                                     specific interests of major cities within the European
                                                                                     Union more effectively through joint intensified ef-
                                                                                     forts. The City of Vienna has also stepped up contacts
                                                                                     with the French embassy in Austria; among other
                                 ACTIVITIES OF THE CHIEF                             activities, information workshops were organised
                                 EXECUTIVE OFFICE, EXECUTIVE                         for members of the French mission.
                                 GROUPS AND INSTITUTIONS
                                                                                     Climate protection coordination
                                                                                     The manifold activities in the context of the
                                 Chief Executive Office                              Vienna Climate Protection Programme included
                                                                                     the presentation of climate policy innovations in
                                 Coordination Unit / Strategy and Communication      Berlin and information events in Györ, Hungary, and
                                 A delegation of ten representatives from Tallinn    Oradea, Romania, on sustainable energy manage-
                                 led by City Administration Secretary Toomas         ment as a crucial challenge for urban communities.
                                 Sepp visited the Chief Executive Director of the    Members of the Environmental Policy Committee of
                                 City and Federal Province of Vienna, Dr. Ernst      the German state of Sachsen-Anhalt visited Vienna
                                 Theimer, in January. Talks at the meeting focused   to learn about the city’s climate protection policy.
                                 on financial management, the organisation of        EcoPurchase, Vienna’s programme for ecologically
                                 urban administration and decentralisation issues.   sound public procurement, was presented to a delega-
                                                                                     tion from Helsinki and during a visit by a Viennese
                                                                                     delegation to Zurich.

                                                                                     Executive Group for Legal Affairs
                                                                                     The Subgroup for Constitutional Matters and EU
                                                                                     Affairs is Vienna’s superior authority for all EU-
                                                                                     related legal issues; it oversees the Vienna House
                                                                                     in Brussels and represents Vienna in various bodies
                                                                                     and organisations as part of the City’s relations with
                                                                                     the EU and the Council of Europe (for full reports,
                                                                                     see the respective chapters).
                                                                                     Intercultural workshop Paris-Vienna with, among others, Executive Director
                                                                                     of Personnel and Internal Auditing Dr. Roland Kassar (centre back),
                                                                                     Michaela Girtler-Voh of the Academy of Public Administration (l.), Bettina
                                                                                     Klötzl of the Chief Executive Office’s Coordination Unit (3rd from right)
                                                                                     (Schaub-Walzer)



22
                              Activities of the Chief Executive Office,
                                    Executive Groups and Institutions

At seminars for legal experts in Brussels and Lux-
embourg in May, representatives of the EU Com-
mission, the European Parliament and the Council
of Europe met with German and Austrian experts
for presentations and discussions focusing on the
internal market, public procurement legislation,
state aid and other specific legal issues. Members
of the Executive Group for Legal Affairs visited the
European Court of Justice, where they heard lectures
on the structure and functioning of the ECJ and
met with Presidents of the Chambers, Judges and
Advocates General. The European Court of Auditors
also presented its functions and processes, and a
reception was given during the visit by the Austrian
embassy in Luxembourg.

As a member of the Association of German Cities
and Towns’ working group on legal issues and urban
public transport, the Subgroup for Civil and Criminal
Law participated in a conference in Aachen and in
a meeting of the Management Forum Starnberg             ies, municipalities and districts in Germany, as well   A delegation from
                                                                                                                Shanghai led by Ms. Tang
in Munich.                                              as a number of Austrian communities. Some of the
                                                                                                                Hui meets with Gerlinde
                                                        issues debated were: “Community networking – we         Schindler and Silvia
Executive Group for Personnel and Internal Auditing     connect partners”, “The city as a business concern –    Barasits of the Executive
                                                                                                                Group for Personnel and
In response to the increasing internationalisation      we connect communal accounting and controlling”,        Internal Auditing and
of management staff, an “Intercultural negotiation      and “Demographic change – we connect community          Dr. Franz Josef Promock,
                                                                                                                Deputy Director of the
training” event for senior officials from Paris and     action with security and future development”.           Salzburg Academy of
Vienna was organised under the auspices of the                                                                  Public Administration
cooperation agreement between Vienna’s Chief            As interest in “Human resource management in the        (centre from left)
                                                                                                                (MD-PR)
Executive Director and his Parisian counterpart.        City of Vienna” continued unabated, a Chinese del-
A major focus of the event, which was held at the       egation from Shanghai was again welcomed by the
Academy of Public Administration, was to train staff    Subgroup for Staff Development Schemes under the
in cooperation processes in simulated international     auspices of the Salzburg Academy of Public Admin-
settings. The annual Standing Conference of European    istration. The Chinese visitors were informed about
Public Service Training Agencies (SCEPSTA) took         the fundamentals of human resource management
place in London in 2008 with the keynote theme of       in Vienna, such as personnel planning, recruiting
“Olympic Standards for the Public Sector”. Members of   and human resource development.
the Academy of Public Administration also attended
“MUWIT– Konferenz für Personalentwicklung und           Executive Group for Organisation, Safety and Security
Weiterbildung” (Conference on HR Development and        The Organisation Subgroup was able to make a
Continuing Education) in Wiesbaden, which focused       valuable contribution to international relations
on talent management, employer branding, recruiting     and exchanges on quality management through its
and retaining motivated expert staff, self-managed      presentation in Athens on “CAF – Common Assessment
learning and modern career path models.                 Framework and the Balanced Scorecard”. At the 5th
                                                        Conference on Quality of Public Services in Europe,
The annual conference of KGSt, Germany’s largest        which brought together over 1,300 participants in
local government association, took place in Bremen      Paris, Vienna presented a best practice example.
under the motto “Wir verbinden Kommunen” (“We           Users of various quality management models not
connect communities”). KGSt members include cit-        only engaged in important and useful information



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                                                                                               a delegation from Vienna paid a return visit to
                                                                                               Paris, and it was agreed to continue the exchange
                                                                                               of information on specific issues. Many other gender
                                                                                               experts visited Vienna to collect information on how
                                                                                               gender mainstreaming is implemented in terms of
                                                                                               organisational structures and other practical issues.
                                                                                               These included a Hungarian delegation headed by
                                                                                               Ms. Klára Dobrev, the wife of Hungarian Prime Minister
                                                                                               Ferenc Gyurcsány, the parliamentary committee for
                                                                                               equality of women of the Parliament of Bremen and
                                                                                               the committee for integration, labour, vocational
                                                                                               education and social affairs of the Berlin Parliament,
                                                                                               as well as a delegation from Pretoria.

                                                                                               The “European charter for equality of women and
                                                                                               men in local life” launched by the Council of European
                                                                                               Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) provided a fresh
     Study tour to Brussels and      exchanges, but also worked to develop strategies          stimulus for the discussion of gender issues in many
       Luxembourg, tour organ-
         iser Rene Krenn of the
                                     for improved citizen participation. Over the course       European communities. As many local governments
      Executive Group for Legal      of the year, information about urban management           were only just starting on a systematic implementa-
           Affairs (4th from left)   practice in Vienna was presented to delegations from      tion of equality policies, there was much interest in
              (Private collection)
                                     Kazakhstan, Thailand and Switzerland.                     Vienna’s experience, which extends to all areas of
                                                                                               municipal administration and has been gathered over
                                     There was also strong interest in 2008 concerning         several years. As a result, the Gender Mainstreaming
                                     Vienna’s model for the implementation of gender           Project Unit was invited to several European confer-
       Gerhard Weber, Director       mainstreaming and exchanges of information about          ences and seminars, including an event organised by
                General of Urban
          Planning, Development      concrete examples in practice. As a result of intensive   the French association of municipalities where the
       and Construction, meets       contacts between the Gender Mainstreaming Project         representatives from Vienna gave a presentation in
     with representatives of six
      cities to sign a memoran-      Unit of the Executive Group for Organisation and the      support of the concrete implementation of gender
     dum on cooperation in the       observatoire de l’égalité in Paris, a French delega-      mainstreaming policies in the Ile-de-France region.
       field of water supply and
                                     tion visited Vienna to gather first-hand experience       Case studies and practical examples from Vienna
       wastewater management
                 (Schaub-Walzer)     of projects of the Executive Group. In September,         were also presented at the final conference on the
                                                                                               “Charter for equality” in Pisa and at the international
                                                                                               conference on “Equality in the cities” in Zurich.

                                                                                               Meetings and workshops with the Chief Information
                                                                                               Officers of major European cities were organised by
                                                                                               the Subgroup for Information and Communication in
                                                                                               the context of “CIO Major Cities Europe”. A meeting
                                                                                               in Vienna in May focused on broadband and wire-
                                                                                               less communication, and the autumn conference
                                                                                               was dedicated primarily to the presentation and
                                                                                               discussion of various e-government services under
                                                                                               the heading “Local Government Transformation”.
                                                                                               At the “Enterprise Intelligence 2008” conference
                                                                                               in Frankfurt, the City of Vienna presented its busi-
                                                                                               ness intelligence strategy under the motto “Think
                                                                                               big – start small”. The overall business intelligence
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successful enterprise management and provides           In April, a delegation led by Mr. Anatoly N. Pakho-
implementation guidance.                                mov, mayor of the city of Anapa in the Russian
                                                        region of Krasnodar, visited Vienna. In addition to
Bratislava joined the group of cities that have con-    presentations on construction and investment, the
cluded cooperation agreements with the Subgroup         delegation received information about the company
for Crisis Management and Emergency Measures            Cable Runner Austria GmbH and visited Vienna’s
to exchange information about the latest develop-       major wastewater and solid waste treatment plants
ments in crisis management, firefighting, policing      as well as a solid waste landfill. A delegation from
and ambulance services. The other participants in       Beijing visited the wastewater treatment facility
the network are Budapest, Kraków, Ljubljana, Minsk,     in Simmering and the Spittelau waste incinerator.
Moscow, Prague, Tallinn, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Zagreb and      A delegation of 30 public administration experts
the Polish region of Masovia.                           from Bangkok received information about urban
                                                        planning in Vienna, with presentations focusing
The European Football Championship (UEFA EURO           mainly on traffic and transport systems, planning
2008TM) occasioned numerous contacts, including         principles and regulations, water management and
a workshop organised in Vienna in cooperation           the design of parks and other green spaces. Vienna
with the city of Dortmund on the work that has to       also welcomed a group of visitors from the Chinese
be performed by municipal administrations faced         region of Zhejiang. Vienna’s efforts to improve the
with the challenge of organising the games and side     water quality in an urban recreational area were
events of a football championship, which implies a      discussed during a boat trip on the Alte Donau
collaborative effort by many different administrative   lake, and a presentation was given on water quality
units; Vienna’s emergency siren and alarm system        improvement policies from the perspective of the
was presented to a Bulgarian delegation, including      contract awarder. Information was also provided
an on-site tour; members of the Subgroup for Crisis     on specific clean-up actions and the ecological ex-
Management and of the Viennese police forces at-        pertise employed in the clean-up and rehabilitation
tended a police and emergency services exercise in      of bodies of water.
Zurich that simulated a stadium incident; crisis man-
agement information was provided for a delegation       A number of meetings and negotiations were con-
from the Netherlands, focusing on the management        ducted with UNESCO representatives concerning
of major events and incidents with mass casualties;     the two UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in
a presentation on security-related issues was given     Vienna, the historic city centre and the Schönbrunn
for a delegation from Copenhagen.                       Palace and Park ensemble. The purpose of the talks
                                                        was to ensure the compatibility of two major con-
During the European Football Championship 2008,         struction projects (a new central rail station and
the Executive Group for Organisation, Safety and        the development of the “Kometgründe” site in the
Security received delegations from George/Western       district of Meidling) with the obligations that result
Cape Province and Pretoria together with the South      from the World Heritage status.
African embassy and provided them with informa-
tion on security-related issues. The Executive Group    A conference on urban equality issues took place
also welcomed members of the Copenhagen city            in Zurich to promote networking and exchanges
administration at the offices of the Management         among experts from European communities. Vienna
Instruments Subgroup.                                   presented its activities and projects in the context
                                                        of the programme “Sharing the city fairly” at this
Executive Group for Construction and Technology         conference and at the Women’s World Congress in
The international activities of the Executive Office    Madrid. The Urban Planning and Construction Depart-
for Urban Planning, Development and Construc-           ment of the City of Munich invited a representative
tion included contacts with partner cities that have    from Vienna to give a keynote speech on “Gender
agreements with Vienna, mutual expert visits, and       mainstreaming in planning practice – the Viennese
participation in conferences and expert meetings.       experience”. At a meeting in Madrid, projects under



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                                                                                          and Technology served as an important partner at
                                                                                          the Vienna Days in Montenegro, as well as at the
                                                                                          Dialogue Forums in Vienna.

                                                                                          Upon the retirement of Mr. Gerhard Weber as Direc-
                                                                                          tor General of Urban Planning, Development and
                                                                                          Construction, Ms. Brigitte Jilka was appointed as his
                                                                                          successor. Ms. Jilka had previously held the position
                                                                                          of managing director of Wien Holding.

                                                                                          Executive Group for International Relations
                                                                                          The International Relations Group within the Chief
                                                                                          Executive Office continued its cooperation with the
                                                                                          international organisations in Vienna, the Federal
                                                                                          Ministry for European and International Affairs, the
                                                                                          Austrian missions abroad, diplomatic and consular
                                                                                          missions of other nations in Vienna, the Diplomatic
                                                                                          Academy in Vienna, the Intercultural Centre/EU
                                                                                          Agency for the Youth in Action Programme, the
                                                                                          bilateral friendship societies and non-governmental
       International conference     the “UN Habitat Best Practices Programme” were        organisations. Contacts were also maintained with
             on migration at the
           Diplomatic Academy       presented by several European communities.            partner institutions in other cities and regions, and
            (Martin Semberger)                                                            the Executive Group for International Relations
                                    A member of the Executive Group gave a presentation   participated in international networks, acted as
                                    on gender mainstreaming in transport planning at      organiser or co-organiser of conferences and meet-
                                    an expert meeting on “Pedestrian traffic in Baden”    ings, hosted visits by high-ranking delegations, and
                                    in the Swiss canton of Aargau. The meeting focused    managed the City of Vienna’s humanitarian foreign
                                    on “Current standards in planning for pedestrian      aid programmes.
                                    traffic”. The Vienna EcoPurchase Programme
                                    (ecologically sound procurement) was presented in     These events and activities included presentations
                                    Cologne, and the Executive Office for Construction    at and (co-)organisation of Vienna Days abroad,
                                                                                          participation in the activities of international
                                                                                          organisations such as the AER Summer School and
                                                                                          the World Conference of Historical Cities and the
                                                                                          function of vice-chair of a EUROCITIES committee.
                                                                                          Conferences in Vienna included a Belarus confer-
                                                                                          ence at Vienna University, a conference organised
                                                                                          by development NGO “Südwind”, Hospitality After-
                                                                                          noons, the ARC Mediation Conference, UN.GIFT,
                                                                                          study visits by Ukrainian teachers and students to
                                                                                          Vienna University of Technology, the Conference of
                                                                                          the Convention of World Mongolians, and others. A
                                                                                          conference on “Migration and the European Union”
                                                                                          was held at the Diplomatic Academy, where funds
                                                                                          were raised for water supply projects in Burkina Faso.
              UN.GIFT, Norbert
        Ceipek of the Youth and                                                           The annual Diplomatic Bazaar took place in Amman
          Family Welfare Office                                                           under the patronage of Princess Basma Bint Talal.
      (“Drehscheibe” centre for
        unaccompanied foreign
                                                                                          Funds raised at this event were donated to an or-
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Education, Youth, Information and Sports

The Municipal Department for Children’s Day Care
Centres (MA 10) supports parents in raising their
children. It runs 361 educational facilities providing
learning and play experiences for children of all age
groups from toddler age to the end of primary school
education. MA 10 is also in charge of the construction
of new day care centres and supports private non-
profit kindergartens, children’s groups and other day
care models. A training institution for kindergarten
teachers, which is located in Vienna’s 21st district,
is also managed by MA 10, providing high-quality
professional training for would-be kindergarten
teachers at secondary school level. In 2008, MA 10
welcomed educators and students from Germany
and Taiwan, and even a TV crew from the Republic         visited by ministers and experts from India, Poland,    Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl,
                                                                                                                 Deputy Mayor Grete Laska
of Korea came to visit.                                  Serbia, Romania, the UK, Bulgaria and Nigeria. The
                                                                                                                 and Christian Oxonitsch,
                                                         Director-General of the UN Office in Vienna, Antonio    the new Executive City
International delegations were most interested in        Maria Costa, and the Ambassador of Georgia, Victor      Councillor for Education,
                                                                                                                 Youth, Information and
information about the structure, organisation and        Dolidze, also paid visits to the centre.                Sports (from left)
services of MAG ELF, the Youth and Family Welfare                                                                (Schaub-Walzer)
Office, as well as its social education institutions.    In November, diversity and equal opportunities were
Visitors included civil servants, trade unionists,       the big themes at Vienna City Hall. Vienna’s second
social workers, students and education experts           “Day of Diversity” for school pupils and young people
from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Ukraine,       was co-hosted by the EU Agency for Fundamental
Norway, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Turkey, France,         Rights, Municipal Department 13 (Education, Out-
Switzerland, Russia and Israel. Staff of MAG ELF         of-School Activities for Children and Young People)
were invited to speak at several international confer-   and the Vienna Board of Education. Close to 3,000       A delegation from Taiwan
ences, among them a conference on trafficking in         young people from Vienna and nearby regions in          visits the kindergarten at
                                                                                                                 Ewald-Balser-Straße and
children in Sofia, one on early support for parents      Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended,      meets with director Edith
and children in Tutzing, Bavaria, on foster families     as well as youths from the UK and from Spain.           Forst (MA 10)
in Lüneburg, Lower Saxony and on crisis interven-
tion centres in several districts of Bucharest. MAG
ELF members also visited their counterparts in the
youth welfare office of Berlin.

“Drehscheibe” is a centre run by MAG ELF in sup-
port of unaccompanied foreign minors who come to
the notice of the authorities in Vienna and are to be
transported back to their home countries. The cen-
tre, which has earned recognition as a best practice
model, continued in 2008 to focus on the training
of crisis intervention professionals in this specific
field, as well as providing a platform for information
exchange and networking for them. The director of the
centre, Norbert Ceipek, an expert on child trafficking
issues, addressed the UN’s Vienna Forum to Fight
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                                                        Karl Ceplak, the Head of the Youth      Vienna’s city centre, it provides instruction in a broad
                                                        Department, visited Stockholm           range of subjects for 850 students from all over the
                                                        and Helsinki to discuss poten-          world. KWU offers university courses and bachelor’s
                                                        tial cooperation projects of the        and master’s degrees in the fields of music, music
                                                        youth policy units. A visit to the      theatre, dance and acting.
                                                        European Youth Capital Rotterdam
                                                        was made to gather information          In cooperation with the Konzerthaus and the Uni-
                                                        for a potential future application      versity of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the
                                                        by Vienna.                              Konservatorium hosted an international symposium
                                                                                                on fashion, myths, science and historical performance
                                                      As in previous years, the international   practice. Dance students from Hollins University,
                                                      activities of the fashion design          Roanoke, Virginia visited the KWU in connection
                                                      school Schloss Hetzendorf revolved        with the new presentation and discussion platform
                                                      mainly around exchanges with              “open space”. As in previous years, international jazz
                                                      the Bunka Fashion College in              stars were invited to present their compositions in
                                                      Tokyo. A Japanese student was             cooperation with students and the Musikverein in
                                                      invited to present her fashion            the latter’s Magna Auditorium.
               An exhibition by   designs together with students from Hetzendorf
     VHS Brigittenau, the adult
                                  at the international design show “Blickfang” that             Arte-Latino Viena organises concerts and other
          education institution
           offering the largest   took place in Vienna’s Museum of Applied Arts /               events in Austria and Colombia to promote cultural
          number of language      Contemporary Art. This was complemented by a                  exchanges between the two countries. In the year
       courses in Austria (over
                 60 languages)    lecture and workshops on Japanese fashion and                 under report, music workshops took place in the
             (VHS Brigittenau)    design trends. A design exchange programme was                cities of Neiva and Villavicencio with the support of
                                  also launched in the autumn – Japanese students are           the KWU and the Austrian embassy in Bogotá.
                                  working with Austrian fabrics, pupils and students
                                  of the Hetzendorf design school are using Japanese            Students of the KWU’s acting department participated
                                  fabrics, and the results of both groups’ efforts will be      in the 5th theatre directors’ audition organised by
                                  presented in Vienna in mid-2009. In November, the             the German work agency, where theatre directors,
                                  Vogue Mill of Fashion from Minsk, Belarus, came to            dramatic advisers, heads of casting and directors
                                  see a fashion show at Hetzendorf in the context of            were present. Members of the jazz department at-
                                  a European tour. Members of the Hetzendorf teach-             tended the “Jazz Platform Meeting” in Lausanne,
                                  ing staff also attended various international events          and students of modern dance education partici-
                                  relating to fashion to gather first-hand information          pated in an excursion to the Higher Music School
                                  about the latest trends for classroom teaching.               in Bratislava. The artistic director of the KWU,
                                                                                                Mr. Ranko Marković, was awarded the title of hon-
                                  Vienna’s School of Music and Singing gave concerts            orary professor by the National Music Academy of
                                  abroad. The Ottakring and Hernals Music Schools               Kazakhstan in Astana, and the orchestra of this
                                  visited the Istituto Musicale Vecchi Tonelli in Modena,       academy visited the KWU at a later point. A perform-
                                  the Margareten Music School travelled to Moscow               ance of Mozart’s opera “Così fan tutte” was staged in
                                  and Kotor, Montenegro, and the Alterlaa Music                 Caracas in cooperation with the Young Philharmonic of
                                  School gave concerts at its partner school Jenö Hu-           Venezuela, continuing the extraordinary international
                                  bay in Budapest, as well as in Prague. Return visits          cooperation project between the Konservatorium
                                  to Vienna were paid by music schools from Moscow              Wien and the Fundación del Estado para el Sistema
                                  and Kotor and the Prague partner school Základna              Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles in Ven-
                                  umelecká škola.                                               ezuela. The National Academy for Theatre and Film
                                                                                                in Sofia extended invitations to a festival of acting
                                  The Konservatorium Wien private university (KWU)              schools. The KWU participants performed scenes
                                  is organised as a non-profit organisation and wholly          from Wolfgang Bauer’s play “Magic Afternoon” and
                                  owned by the City of Vienna. At three locations in            from Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”.



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KWU students participated in the EU programmes
Erasmus and Socrates and the “Lifelong Learning”
programme. The latter resulted in partnerships
with more than 50 institutions, including the Royal
Academy of Music in London.

The Vienna Public Libraries organised readings by
Russian authors at the Central Library in February.
The autumn programme “Library on Tour” was
dedicated to Turkey, with presentations of newly
published books by Turkish authors and panel dis-
cussions on topical issues. The Turkish Ministry of
Culture and Tourism donated 400 valuable books to
the Central Library. Young people from Armenia,        Return to Europe”, an Austrian project produced         Presentation of the
Azerbaijan and Georgia presented projects and          in cooperation with 3sat which has been much ap-        Grand Award for “Balkan-
                                                                                                               Express”, a TV co-pro-
engaged in discussions at the Central Library in the   plauded in the German-speaking region of Europe.        duction by ORF and 3sat,
context of an exhibition entitled “South Caucasus      After the award ceremony, international experts         with Professor Gerhard
                                                                                                               Ortner, Knut Neumayer
and Europe – Young Perspectives” that was organised    debated issues relating to “the media in Europe” at
                                                                                                               (Erste Foundation),
by the Intercultural Centre (IZ). School workshops     an ESEC symposium.                                      Kristof Bender (European
and events for the general public rounded off the                                                              Stability Initiative),
                                                                                                               Dr. Martin Traxl (ORF),
exhibition.                                            PID produced a series of publications in English        Nikolaus Wisiak (Pre TV),
                                                       containing information about Vienna as a business       Professor Thomas A.
                                                                                                               Bauer (from left)
                                                       location as a means of continuous support for the       (Schaub-Walzer)
Press and Information Service (PID)                    international activities of the City of Vienna. The
                                                       publication themes were excellence in medical care
The City of Vienna’s Press and Information Service     in Vienna, business establishment in Vienna, sci-
(MA 53, acronym PID) engaged in a wide range of        ence and research in Vienna and Viennese lifestyle.
international activities, notably regular contacts     The publications include comprehensive service
with international media, organisation of thematic     sections and are used as Vienna’s “international
events, publication of print products, and hosting     business cards”.
of many international expert visits. As Vienna
streamlined its international activities through       The traditional “Viennese Balls” abroad have been
enhanced collaboration with the partners Vienna        supported by the PID for more than 30 years. Every
Tourist Board, Vienna Business Agency and Vienna       year, around 40 Viennese Balls and gala events are
Economic Chamber, PID was also engaged in the          celebrated in locations around the world, where they
coordination and organisation of joint activities in   are organised and financed by local initiatives and
the target destinations Zurich and Bratislava (see     associations. The Viennese Balls are social events,
the chapter on » target destinations).                 but they are also connected with concrete economic
                                                       objectives. One example is Moscow, where the
As a consequence of Vienna’s growing reputation as     Viennese Ball with some 1,400 participants is one
a venue for meetings of international media experts,   of the major annual events in Moscow’s business
the award ceremonies for the Erasmus EuroMedia         community. The Viennese Balls are increasingly
Awards – the oldest German/European media award        organised in conjunction with parallel events such as
for outstanding educational multimedia projects –      business presentations, not only to present Vienna’s
relocated from Berlin to Vienna in 2006. The Erasmus   traditional image as a city of culture, but also to
EuroMedia Awards were presented by the European        showcase the opportunities it provides for business
Society for Education and Communication (ESEC)         establishments. In 2008, the PID supported Viennese
for the third time in October 2008. The Grand Award    Balls in Basle, Milan, New York, Brussels, Munich,
was won by the ten-part series “Balkan Express –       Noordwijk, Berlin, Ottawa, Vilnius, Stockholm, Sofia,



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                                                                    City Councillor Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Ambassador Shahbaz of
                                                                    Pakistan, Dr. Fahd Bin Abdullah al-Sammari, Secretary General of the
                                                                    King Abdul Aziz Foundation in Riyadh, City Council Member Omar Al-Rawi,
                                                                    Professor Talal Asad and District Chairman Norbert Scheed (from left)
                                                                    (Votava)



                                                                    In the course of the European Football Champion-
                                                                    ship (UEFA EURO 2008TM), between 4,000 and 6,000
                                                                    members of the national and international media
                                                                    came to Vienna to report on the games and the host
                                                                    city. In the run-up to the Championship, the PID
                                                                    organised information events on security and safety
                                                                    issues, transport, organisation and event planning
                                                                    in Central and Eastern Europe. Additionally, cultural
                                                                    events with international appeal (e.g. the Life Ball
                                                                    and the opening of the Vienna Festival) were used to
                                                                    disseminate UEFA EURO 2008TM information among
                                                                    camera teams that covered these events.

            Luxembourg, Athens, Bucharest, Boston, Moscow,
            Opatija, Kraków, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Rome,              Vienna Board of Education
            Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona, Montreal, London, Trieste
            and Prague.                                             The European Office of the Vienna Board of Education
                                                                    is responsible for international contacts within and
            As a follow-up project to Vienna’s presentations in     outside the European Union. It initiates and coordi-
            the United Arab Emirates in 2007 and in the context     nates major projects which, with the support of the
            of the “European Year of Intercultural Dialogue”, the   EU, aim at improving the socio-economic situation
            PID dedicated a two-day series of events to Islam and   of the participating regions through cross-border
            to the memory of Muhammad Asad, born Leopold            cooperation.
            Weiss, who earned international recognition as
            an intercultural visionary and a builder of bridges     The European Office also hosts international visits
            between the religions. On 14 April, the place in        and meetings, engages in cooperation projects with
            front of the main entrance to the UN buildings in       European states in the field of education and attends
            Vienna was named “Muhammad Asad Square” in              international meetings. A specific area of activity is
            a solemn ceremony in the presence of Vienna’s Ex-       initiatives that promote the languages of neighbour-
            ecutive Councillor for Cultural Affairs, Dr. Andreas    ing countries, Slovak, Czech and Hungarian.
            Mailath-Pokorny, District Chairman Norbert Scheed,
            Muhammad Asad’s son, Professor Talal Asad, and          Moreover, the further development of bilingual
            the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,     schools and language initiatives in English, French,
            H. E. Shahbaz. “Muhammad Asad Square” was the           Italian and Spanish support the internationalisation
            first public space in Western Europe to be named        of Vienna as an attractive business location.
            after a Muslim. A reception was given after the
            naming ceremony by Vienna’s Mayor Dr. Michael           In the context of the “European Year of Intercultural
            Häupl at the City Hall. The two-day programme           Dialogue”, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights,
            continued with a showing of the biographical film       the Vienna Board of Education and Municipal Depart-
            “A Road to Mecca – The Journey of Muhammad Asad”.       ment 13 (Education and Out-of-School Activities)
            The cinematic life journey, which led the audience      organised the “Day of Diversity” at Vienna City Hall
            from Lviv to Vienna, Berlin, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi    on 10 November. The objective of this event was to
            Arabia, Pakistan, the US and Spain, was followed by     get teenagers interested in diversity and educate
            a panel discussion.                                     them about equal treatment rights. Groups of pupils



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from Viennese schools, as well as from schools in
the neighbouring regions of Hungary, Slovakia and
the Czech Republic attended workshops on “anti-
discrimination”, “diversity in Europe”, “interfaith
dialogue” and other issues which met with great
interest among the young visitors.

In spring, the “Danube Twins” Vienna and Brati-
slava celebrated their close ties with a mixed group
of 200 children and teenagers from the two cities.
Travelling on the Twin City Liner boats, the young
people paid mutual visits to get to know each other
and work on common themes, such as “the Danube
as a connecting link between the cities”. The meet-
ings provided a launching pad for long-lasting school
partnerships.
                                                         Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary with the       The Day of Diversity is
                                                                                                                 celebrated at City
A group of educators from Lancashire visited schools     support of the European Office of the Vienna Board      Hall with Dr. Susanne
for children with special educational needs in Febru-    of Education.                                           Brandsteidl, President of
ary; exchanges focused on behaviour management                                                                   the Board of Education,
                                                                                                                 moderator Miriam Hie and
and Vienna’s foreign language teaching models in         The ten-year-old study visit programme for experts      Morten Kjaerum, Director
special needs schools.                                   in education and vocational training was continued      of the EU’s Fundamental
                                                                                                                 Rights Agency (SSRfW)
                                                         in 2008. Under the motto “The school system and
The President of the Vienna Board of Education,          vocational training in Austria”, Vienna’s varied
Dr. Susanne Brandsteidl, and the Minister of Edu-        landscape of educational institutions was presented
cation, Science and Culture of the German state of       to the participants in May.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Henry Tesch, signed
a cooperation agreement providing for intensified
collaboration on bi- and multilateral projects (e.g.     Finance, Economic Affairs and
EdGATE) and joint efforts in pursuit of common ob-       Vienna Public Utilities
jectives, among them the development of a European
consciousness, the promotion of foreign language         According to survey data of the research institute
teaching, the development of entrepreneurship            BAK Basel Economics, Vienna takes sixth place in a
in education, promotion of pan-European mobil-           ranking of Europe’s most attractive business metropo-
ity in education, training and the labour market,        lises. Top of the list is Zurich, followed by London,
implementation of a jointly developed ERC and the        Copenhagen, Madrid, Barcelona and Rome. The
development of a network among institutions and          survey, which covered 92 Western European regions,
their representatives.                                   also found that Vienna’s GDP is equivalent to 178%
                                                         of the EU average for regional GDP levels, making it
As part of its policy of fostering cross-border coop-    the fifth richest region within the European Union.
eration in the CENTROPE region, the Vienna Board         In terms of quality of life, the Mercer Consulting
of Education works to encourage the learning of          Group’s 2008 Quality of Life Survey ranks Vienna
the national languages of Austria’s neighbours at        second only to Zurich and Geneva, which share the
Vienna’s schools. As part of a programme called          number one position among 215 surveyed cities. The
“Neighbourhood Without Borders”, eight- and nine-        following places are taken by Vancouver and Auck-
year-old pupils at primary schools in Vienna learned     land. The survey measures 39 criteria, based on New
about the neighbouring countries, their languages        York as a benchmark. On the basis of an agreement
and culture in specifically designed one-week projects   on business location policy which the City of Vienna
in 2008. The projects were led by teachers from          and the Federation of Austrian Industries signed in



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                                2006, actions were implemented in the year under        in the Austrian-Slovakian and Austrian-Hungarian
                                review in the fields of infrastructure, research and    border regions, thus making a further contribu-
                                development, as well as the further evolution of the    tion to coordinated and sustainable cross-border
                                Vienna-Bratislava region.                               regional policies. This is done through the provision
                                                                                        of support for networks, consultancy services and
                                The Municipal Department for EU Strategy and            assistance with project design and implementation,
                                Economic Development (MA 27) pursued manifold           and specific public relations efforts. The project will
                                transnational and international activities, with EU     run until 2013.
                                co-financing, services of public interest and the co-
                                ordination of EUROCITIES as the main focus areas
                                (for more detailed information, see the respective      Special Envoy of the City of Vienna for
                                chapters).                                              International Economic Affairs

                                Within MA 27, the Unit for Labour, Business, Tech-      Professor Walter Nettig, Vienna’s Special Envoy for
                                nology and Research contributed to the preparation      International Economic Affairs, participated in a
                                of Vienna’s application as host city for the “Euro-     series of meetings in Austria and abroad where he
                                science Open Forum 2012” and was responsible for        met with foreign dignitaries and business leaders.
                                Vienna’s activities in the context of NEREUS – the      He joined in discussions, supported and promoted
                                Network of European Regions using Space Technol-        many projects, met with members of the press
                                ogy. A research study on “competing metropolises”       and generally represented Vienna abroad. Using
                                was conducted on behalf of MA 27 by the Austrian        his many years of experience as President of the
                                Institute for International Affairs OIIP. The results   Vienna Chamber of Commerce and the excellent
                                of the study, which covered Barcelona, Bratislava,      contacts he established in that capacity, Professor
                                Budapest, Munich, Prague and Zurich, were pre-          Nettig worked untiringly to promote Vienna as a
     Professor Walter Nettig,
            Special Envoy for   sented in late 2008.                                    business location.
      International Economic
        Affairs, and Nicholas
         Brooke, Chairman of    A regional cooperation management project was           In the context of the Viennese Opera Ball in Hong
     the Hong Kong Science      conducted within the framework of the European          Kong, Professor Nettig gave a presentation on the
           & Technology Park
            Corporation (VRO
                                Programme for Cross-border Cooperation to en-           economic and political situation in Austria on the
                  Hong Kong)    hance and optimise bilateral cooperation activities     eve of the 2008 general elections and participated
                                                                                        in a meeting of Austrian representatives with John
                                                                                        Tsang, the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong
                                                                                        Special Administrative Region. During a visit to
                                                                                        the Science and Technology Park, one of the most
                                                                                        modern of its kind in Asia, talks were conducted
                                                                                        about potential cooperation with the China Austria
                                                                                        Technology Park in Vienna.

                                                                                        Following negotiations with the Cadogan Group
                                                                                        in Vienna, a Canadian pharmaceutical company
                                                                                        relocated to Vienna.



                                                                                        Vienna Business Agency (VBA)

                                                                                        Since its inception in 1982, the Vienna Business
                                                                                        Agency has brought 1,200 business establishments
                                                                                        to Vienna, provided a total of € 500m in subsidies
                                                                                        to 18,000 companies, assisted some 100,000 busi-



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ness enterprises and helped to create and/or secure
90,000 jobs.

Presenting Vienna abroad as a business location is a
key function of VBA. In the year under review, VBA
participated in international meetings, trade shows
and conferences and contributed to cross-border
cooperation projects to assist Vienna’s further de-
velopment as a Central European business hub. The
target destinations were Switzerland, the Ukraine,
Japan, the United States and Germany.

In April, the International Business Division (IBD) of
the VBA presented Vienna as a location for financial
services companies and investment firms during
the Vienna Days in Zurich. A Business Talk event,
in which representatives of more than 130 Swiss
financial services companies participated, focused       convention, the biggest annual get-together of the          The VBA built a new
                                                                                                                     tram manufacturing
in particular on Vienna’s role as an international       biotech sector worldwide. At several other life sci-
                                                                                                                     plant for the company
interface to the growing economies of Central and        ence events in Munich, Madrid, Shanghai, Paris and          Bombardier: Director of
Eastern Europe. A similar meeting, albeit on a           Mannheim, the VBA offered visitors an opportunity           the Vienna Economic
                                                                                                                     Chamber Brigitte Jank,
smaller scale, was organised in Odessa to highlight      to meet Austrian players in the life sciences field at      Chief Operating Officer
Vienna’s attractiveness for Ukrainian enterprises,       trade fair booths and partnering meetings.                  Wolfgang Tölsner and
                                                                                                                     Deputy Mayor Renate
especially as a bridge to the EU and the Western                                                                     Brauner (from left)
European markets. Moreover, VBA invited Japanese         The VBA’s IT network VITE carried out the project           at the opening
enterprises to a business seminar in Hakone in the       “Centrope ICT Technology Transfer” in 2008, a               (Schaub-Walzer)

first half of 2008.                                      cross-border cooperation of regional ICT competence
                                                         networks in CENTROPE. Together with the Brussels
The IBD continued its series of successful SME meet-     Office of the VBA, VITE organised a trip to Brussels
ings in Germany targeting companies with annual          and Leuven for Viennese businesspeople from the
sales of € 10 million and above. The main objective      information and communication technology sec-
of these meetings is to provide a forum for contacts     tors. A matchmaking event in the same area took
between businesses and business-related service          place in Paris.
providers, with Austria and Vienna being presented
as an ideal springboard from which to penetrate the      As part of the project “b2fair”, the VBA’s “Enterprise
Central and Eastern European markets.                    Europe Network” (EEN) accompanied many enter-
                                                         prises from Vienna to major industry trade shows in
The VBA also maintained a strong presence at             Hanover and Brno. An INTERREG event on renew-
international conferences and trade shows: to-           able energy sources took place in Slovakia. Under
gether with the Vienna Region business agencies,         the auspices of two Europe Direct (ED) exchange
the Lower Austrian business agency “ecoplus” and         programmes, cooperation projects were implemented
Burgenland’s business agency WiBAG, the VBA              with ED information offices in Slovakia, the Czech
participated in the international real estate trade      Republic, Poland, Romania and Spain.
fair “Real Vienna” and the office property trade fair
“Expo Real” in Munich.                                   The VBA also hosted visits by numerous foreign
                                                         delegations and organised several seminars for
The BIO 2008 International Convention in San             international target groups. In its worldwide activities,
Diego was also on the agenda of the VBA. Austria         the VBA was supported by field offices in Brussels,
was present with its own country pavilion at the         Hong Kong and Tokyo.



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                       Centre for Innovation and Technology (ZIT)                  departure

                                                  Innovation and Technology
                                  The Centre for Inn                               “departure wirtschaft, kunst und kultur gmbh” is the
                                   (ZIT) is the City of Vienna’s technology        City of Vienna’s institution for support and consult-
                                     agency and a s  subsidiary of the Vienna      ing services for the creative industries. It has so far
                                                  Age
                                       Business Agency. ZIT promotes and           supported 176 companies with subsidies of some
                                                   Viennese companies that are
                                         supports Vie                              € 12.6 million, creating or securing more than 890
                                                     r
                                           active in research and innovation       jobs. These subsidies, which were provided for projects
                                                prov
                                             by providing financial support        in the fields of fashion, music, audiovisual media,
                                                    specific services, including
                                               and sp                              multimedia, design, publishing, the art market and
                                                 cons
                                                 consultancy. Moreover, ZIT        architecture, triggered private investments of about
                                                   cooperates with private
                                                   co                              € 50 million. In 2008, “departure” provided a total
                                                     p
                                                     partners to develop sites     volume of over € 1m under the motto “focus the arts:
                                                       and buildings for tech-     fields of activity and strategies of revenue generation”.
                                                       nology companies and        Its strategy to promote innovation on the basis of
                                                     pursues policies aimed
                                                     p                             competition has come to be regarded internationally
                                                    pr
                                                 at promoting an innovation-       as a best practice model. “departure” also worked to
                                               enviro
                                     friendly environment in Vienna.               support internationalisation and networking efforts,
                                                                                   such as the platform PureAustrianDesign and the
     The ”departure
                       In the year under review, ZIT engaged in a wide             international establishment of the Wilfried Mayer
     Look/Book 2008”
     (Rosebud, Inc.)   range of international activities: ZIT joined the Euro      label. “departure” supported brands such as Mühl-
                       Science Network; in cooperation with the Summer             bauer, Lobmeyr, Wendy&Jim and Urban Tool that
                       Academy of Vienna’s University of Economics and             sell their products all over the world.
                       Business Administration, ZIT welcomed a group of
                       economics and business administration students              “departure” participated in a number of exhibitions
                       and introduced them to Vienna’s innovation system;          and other events, including the “Galleries Weekend”
                       participation in the “3rd International Innovation          in Berlin, the Armory Show in New York, the “Arco”
                       Conference” in Munich; provision of support and             in Madrid, the architecture Biennale in Venice,
                       assistance for the first “Mobile Content Day” in            fashion shows in Paris and expert talks in Milan,
                       Vienna; networking with Media Cities worldwide;             Basle, Barcelona, Trento, Brussels, London, Tokyo
                       tendering and management of an internationally              and Miami.
                       based comparative study on media use; develop-
                       ment and management of a tender for research
                       and development projects. ZIT is a member of the            Wien Holding
                       Vienna Economic Forum and participated in the
                       “DoIT Conference” in Stuttgart.                             Founded in 1974 as a wholly owned subsidiary of
                                                                                   the City of Vienna, Wien Holding is the structural
                       The cluster initiative Life Science Austria Vienna          bracket for all business enterprises and activities
                       Region (LISA VR), which is run by ZIT in coop-              of the City of Vienna. Set up as a public enterprise,
                       eration with “austria wirtschaftsservice” (aws),            it dispatches its functions as a holding company in
                       presented Vienna as a life science location at many         accordance with private-sector principles of business
                       international trade shows and cooperation events:           administration.
                       LISA participated in the trade fair “Analytica” in
                       Munich, the “BIO International Convention” in San           With the Stadthallen Group, the theatre group
                       Diego, the “BIO-Europe” in Mannheim, the “Biotech           Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, the House of Music, the
                       China” in Shanghai, the “Biotechnica” in Hanover,           Jewish Museum, the Mozart House, KunstHausWien
                       the “Medica” in Düsseldorf, the “Biosquare” in Basle,       and Wien Ticket, Wien Holding is one of Europe’s
                       the “Scandinavian Biotechforum” in Copenhagen               biggest culture and entertainment groups and a
                       and the “Eurobio” in Paris.                                 major player in the city’s cultural scene and event



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calendar. Some 2.5 million visitors annually enjoy
the programmes of Wien Holding’s culture and
entertainment operations, much to the benefit of
the local economy, tourism and the labour mar-
ket. The two flagship operations Stadthalle and
Vereinigte Bühnen (Raimundtheater, Ronacher and
Theater an der Wien) alone generate sales of about
€ 255 million every year, securing – directly or
indirectly – 4,700 jobs.

The theatre group Vereinigte Bühnen Wien is
Europe’s most active producer of musicals, and
Vienna enjoys international standing as a city of
music and, more specifically, as one of the capitals
of the world of musicals. Productions abroad are
staged in cooperation with reputed international
partners.

In the year under review, the culture and enter-
tainment operations organised joint presentations
at major tourism trade fairs, engaged in exclusive
workshops in close cooperation with the Vienna           presenting the theatre group Vereinigte Bühnen          The newly renovated
                                                                                                                 Ronacher Theatre
Tourist Board, and participated for the first time in    and the museums (House of Music, Mozart House,          (Paul Ott)
a workshop tour in Russia that was organised by the      Jewish Museum). The exhibition space also served
Austrian National Tourist Office. In January, they       as an information platform for the ticketing service
participated in the trade fair “austrian and central     (Wien Ticket), the Stadthalle event venue and the
european travel business” at the Messe Wien. In close    Twin City Liner (shuttle service between Vienna and
cooperation with the Vienna Tourist Board, the Wien      Bratislava on the river Danube). Marketing activities
Holding operations presented a new marketing tool        focused on the new combined ticket on offer for the
at this event. This was a card folder (mini-map), of     four museums, the “Viennese museum melange”.
which 10,000 copies were printed for distribution
to purchasing managers from the tourism industry,        At the RDA, the leading trade fair for coach tourism
bus tour operators and opinion leaders.                  in Cologne, the Vienna Tourist Board exhibition space
                                                         was designed specifically to showcase the cluster of
At the tourism trade fair “Fitur” in Madrid, the Aus-    culture and entertainment operations, focusing on
trian National Tourist Office ran a large booth with     the musical productions and the “Viennese museum
several information counters in the European pavilion;   melange”. Similarly, the culture cluster operations
one of the counters was reserved for the culture and     partnered the Vienna Tourist Board at workshops
entertainment operations of Wien Holding, whose          in Zagreb, Kraków and Warsaw. Travel agency pur-
activities focused mainly on the European Football       chasing managers from Romania were invited to
Championship (UEFA EURO 2008TM). The musical             attend a workshop in Bucharest. Responding to the
offerings of the Theater an der Wien, the House of       rapidly growing importance of the Russian market,
Music and the Mozart House met with great interest       a representative of Vereinigte Bühnen and of the
in the travel industry, as did the KunstHausWien,        museums joined the National Tourist Office for a
the latest addition to the Wien Holding group. At the    workshop tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow.
ITB Berlin, by its own definition the world’s leading
travel trade show, the culture and entertainment         The Vienna International Exchange is an international
operations ran an information counter in the exhibi-     organisation that is a subsidiary of Wien Holding.
tion space of the Austrian National Tourist Office,      With its programme “Teaching and learning in



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                                                                                        under report, the container business experienced a
                                                                                        boom, and bulk goods transports likewise flourished.
                                                                                        An investment programme was continued in 2008
                                                                                        that aims at developing the port into one of the most
                                                                                        up-to-date, top-performance logistics hubs of the
                                                                                        Central and Eastern European region. In September,
                                                                                        a new container terminal was opened together with
                                                                                        the ÖBB Group (Austrian Rail System). The ongoing
                                                                                        capacity expansion programme targets an ultimate
                                                                                        capacity volume of 500,000 container units. At a
                                                                                        distance of about 2,000 km from the Black Sea and
                                                                                        1,500 km from the North Sea, the Port of Vienna
                                                                                        offers optimum direct access to ship, rail and road
                                                                                        transport and is close to Vienna Airport. Given its
                                                                                        ideal location, the port connects East and West and
                                                                                        is growing into an ever more important hub for the
                                                                                        CEE economies.

     Port of Vienna, model of   Atlanta”, it invited educators to teach in schools in   In May, a second Twin City Liner started operating
       the container terminal
                                and around Atlanta.                                     on the river shuttle service between Vienna and
               (Wiener Hafen)
                                                                                        Bratislava, which carried 150,000 passengers in
                                The Port of Vienna is a logistics centre that com-      2008.
                                prises the port premises, the “Wiener Hafen” oper-
                                ating company – an enterprise owned by the City
                                of Vienna –, and all private companies located on       TINA - Transport Infrastructure Needs
                                the port premises. Of the 12 million tonnes of goods    Assessment
                                that pass through the port every year, some 45% are
                                handled by the Wiener Hafen group (Wiener Hafen         TINA Vienna, a subsidiary of Wien Holding, is the
                                GmbH & Co KG and its subsidiaries). In the year         City of Vienna’s centre for transport strategies and
                                                                                        urban development. Analysis and development of
                                                                                        strategic plans for the extension of trans-European
                                                                                        networks as well as contacts with European and
                                                                                        international decision-makers in the transport field
                                                                                        are TINA’s core competences.

                                                                                        In 2008, TINA Vienna participated in a series of events
                                                                                        in connection with its activities in the Danube region.
                                                                                        These included the 18th meeting of the Transport &
                                                                                        Shipping Working Group of the Working Community
                                                                                        of the Danube Regions in Budapest and the Danube
                                                                                        Summit Conference in Constanta, which discussed
                                                                                        Danube shipping. In September, TINA Vienna or-
                                                                                        ganised the 10th meeting of the steering committee
                                                                                        of pan-European Transport Corridor VII in Vienna.
                                                                                        At a conference held in Brussels under the keynote
                                                                                        theme “The Danube – River of the European Future”,



                                                                                        The new Twin City Liner (Wien Holding)



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TINA Vienna participated together with the Work-
ing Community of the Danube Regions and the
advertising group “Die Donau” to present Austria’s
activities for the promotion of Danube shipping. In
December, members of TINA Vienna attended the
12th Danube shipping conference in Belgrade. A
visit was also paid on that occasion to the Serbian
city of Smederevo to discuss potential cooperation
projects in port development. TINA Vienna joined
a consortium of Serbian and Viennese companies
in a ten-month working process to prepare a pre-
feasibility study for the construction of new cargo
port facilities in Belgrade. The detailed results of the
consortium’s work were presented to and discussed
with the contract awarder and its expert group at
a final presentation in Belgrade.

A feasibility study for a flood protection canal for
the city of Kraków which TINA Vienna conducted in
cooperation with partner companies from Warsaw,
Kraków and Vienna was successfully concluded
in the year under report. In the context of the
EU project WOLRDNET, workshops took place in
Istanbul, Beijing and Buenos Aires to facilitate the
development of a network of experts in intermodal          Bratislava, Brno, Ankara and Odessa. The symposium      Establishment of a
cargo transport models. As part of TINA Vienna’s           held in Ankara in October focused on urban transport,   Danube Advertising Group
                                                                                                                   by the Governors of Upper
activities in the United Arab Emirates, its subsidiary     specifically urban transport planning and Vienna’s      and Lower Austria,
United TINA Transport Consulting LLC participated          transport master plan, as well as transport manage-     Dr. Josef Pühringer and
                                                                                                                   Dr. Erwin Pröll, and the
in the real estate trade fair “Cityscape Abu Dhabi”        ment and the use of telematics in the field. A first    Mayor of Vienna,
in May. TINA Vienna represented the City of Vienna         business meeting took place in November.                Dr. Michael Häupl
                                                                                                                   (OÖ/Kraml)
at “IMPACTS – information management policies
assessment for city transport systems”, an initiative      A symposium of the Union of European Railway
by the decision-makers that shape transport policies       Engineer Associations brought together railway
in Europe’s big cities, and attended the annual con-       engineers and consultants at Vienna City Hall.
ference in Zagreb. In the run-up to the operational
integration of the Best Practices and Local Leader-
ship Programme, members of TINA visited the 4th            Vienna Public Utilities
session of the World Urban Forum of UN–Habitat
in Nanjing, where 4,000 participants, among them           Wiener Linien – Vienna’s public transport company
government representatives and members of national         Wiener Linien participated in meetings of the
and international development aid organisations,           International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
met for intensive exchanges of experiences, ideas          in Paris and Dublin which focused on safety in tram
and programmes. Under the motto “Harmonious                transport, and in meetings of the UITP Bus Com-
Urbanisation”, the Forum discussed sustainable             mittee in Warsaw and Paris. At a conference on lo-
urban development issues and the challenges posed          cal public passenger transport systems in Leipzig,
by climate change.                                         Wiener Linien presented its strategic management
                                                           approach based on the balanced scorecard system,
Together with the publishing house Bohmann Ver-            and attended a tram symposium in Nuremberg in
lag, TINA Vienna organised a series of symposia in         December.



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           Tram decoration in      International activities were pursued by the construc-    colleagues in the context of the working group on
       celebration of the 60th     tion and facility management experts of Wiener            cleanliness and engaged in an exchange of informa-
     anniversary of the found-
      ing of the state of Israel   Linien, which also received two Austrian state awards     tion with Japanese manufacturers of artificial wood
              (Israeli embassy)    for transport in honour of their achievements in the      sleepers. Members of the machinery and electri-
                                   fields of energy management, power procurement,           cal engineering unit discussed issues of strategic
                                   life-cycle maintenance strategies, innovative con-        procurement with their counterparts in the public
                                   trol systems and passenger management. Several            transport systems of Munich and Berlin. Bestuur
                                   projects received public co-funding. Planning and         Regio Utrecht bought used rolling stock of the E6
                                   construction of the Vienna underground rail sys-          type from Wiener Linien.
                                   tem attracted much international interest, and the
                                   rail construction unit was frequently contacted by
                                   international experts. In the context of its R&D co-      Wien Energie group
                                   operation programme with the Vienna University
                                   of Technology and the Austria Research Centers Sei-       Wienstrom – electricity
                                   bersdorf, Wiener Linien participated in international     Vienna’s electricity utility Wienstrom had numerous
                                   congresses in Germany, France and Hong Kong.              contacts with foreign companies and further intensified
                                   Intensive talks about the joint use of track recording    its international activities in the renewable energies
                                   cars were conducted with operators from Germany,          sector. Visitors from all over the world, including a
                                   Ireland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Australia,   delegation from the Appenzeller Kraftwerke AG,
                                   Switzerland and Greece. The “Technical Test Unit –        St. Gallen, Switzerland, were welcomed to discuss
                                   Expert Pool for Sound/Vibrations and Traffic Noise”       issues of mutual interest, including information
                                   presented Vienna’s new technology for surface rail        about how best to cope with conditions in newly
                                   lines (above-ground extension of underground line         liberalised markets. The Simmering biomass plant
                                   U2) at several expert conferences in Germany and          continued to attract groups of visitors – in all,
                                   elsewhere. Members of the construction and civil          48 delegations brought a total of 708 visitors to the
                                   engineering unit frequently met with international        plant. These included members of public administra-



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tions, companies, universities and the press, coming
from Delaware, the German-speaking community
of Belgium, Bulgaria, Rosenheim, the UK, India,
Paris, Ireland, Bari, Udine, Poland, Sweden, Zurich,
Belarus, Györ and the Czech Republic.

Wienstrom continued and further intensified the
activities that had been launched in 2006 in the field
of renewable energy sources, vigorously pursuing
its strategy of identifying potentials for and imple-
menting renewable energy projects in south-eastern
Europe, in particular small hydro power plants and
wind farms. Numerous projects were under way
in the year under report: the 24 MW wind power
plant Level in Western Hungary went on stream
in autumn, and the development of wind parks in
Poland continued apace, with construction about to
begin on a 10 MW project at Iwonicz and a 60 MW          Florence region, Matteo Renzi, received much at-           The Simmering biomass
                                                                                                                    plant (Bundesforste)
project at Sępopol. Wienstrom made a successful bid      tention in the press, and the mass media reported
for the purchase of small hydro power plants with a      on the international best practice role of Vienna’s
combined output of some 20 MW in Romania.                thermal waste treatment plants. The distribution
                                                         networks of the district heating system also met
Other international contacts focused on grid-            with much interest. The district heating operators
related issues. A delegation from South Africa’s         of Bratislava and the Deputy Mayor of Sofia, Irina
biggest electricity utility Eskom paid a three-day       Savina, expressed their interest in district heating
visit to Vienna to learn about the city’s energy sup-    and cooling options.
ply system. A training seminar for power supply
restarts after line failures was conducted by the        Fernwärme participated in the project “Summerheat”,
power system management in Duisburg. Together            a joint undertaking by Germany, France, Denmark,
with an industry partner and the Graz University         Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria that investigates
of Technology, Wienstrom participated in a project       the potential use of surplus heat for cooling and air
on “Innovative partial discharge measurement in          conditioning. Fernwärme maintained international
SF6 plants” in Salching, Bavaria. Staff of Wienstrom     contacts as a member of “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Fern-
also attended several expert forums abroad. In the       wärme Deutschland”, a German regional association
marketing field, international visitors were most        of district heating operators, and of the European
interested in the “Wien Energie Haus”, the pub-          association Euroheat and Power.
lic showcase of Vienna’s energy utilities. Among
others, a delegation of Prague’s electricity utility     Gas network
PRE and representatives from Russia visited the          Gas network employees attended conferences, meet-
“Wien Energie Haus” visitor centre.                      ings and product presentations in Mannheim, Berlin,
                                                         Düsseldorf and Munich that dealt with network strat-
Fernwärme – district heating                             egies, sewage sludge, biogas purification, pipeline
The heat generation plants of Fernwärme were             engineering, maintenance and repair work, network
visited by more than 80 delegations with a total of      service and natural gas storage. Several international
950 visitors, among them the Mayor of Tunis, Abbès       delegations were welcomed in Vienna.
Mohsen, and representatives from the Ministries of
the Environment of Iran, Finland and the Dominican       Electricity network
Republic. In light of the waste-related problems         GEODE, the European association of small and
experienced in Italy, a visit by the President of the    medium-sized independent power and gas distribu-



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                                                                                        in Spravbytkomfort a.s. in Prešov, Slovakia. Prešov
                                                                                        is situated in the eastern part of Slovakia and is the
                                                                                        country’s third-largest city. About 20,000 apart-
                                                                                        ments and 65 shops are supplied with heat there,
                                                                                        and facility management is provided for a total
                                                                                        of 10,200 apartments. In 2008, a new customer
                                                                                        centre was inaugurated which provides 20 jobs
                                                                                        in facility management and energy consultancy.
                                                                                        A new 8 MW biomass thermal power plant came on
                                                                                        stream in late 2008. It partly replaces gas in heat
                                                                                        generation and helps to save some 10,000 tonnes
     Trnava, pedestrian area                                                            of atmospheric CO2 emissions. TT Energie s.r.o., in
              (slovakia.com)
                                                                                        which Energiecomfort holds a 50% stake, started
                                tors, currently has over 500 member companies           operations in the western Slovakian city of Trnava
                                in different European countries. The electricity       in October 2008.
                                network of the Wien Energie group maintained
                                close contacts with the GEODE association, which       Following the preparation by Energiecomfort of an
                                acts as an interest group at the European level,       energy master plan for the Romanian city of Tîrgu
                                lobbying the EU Commission, the EU Parliament          Mureş, a state-of-the art energy centre and several
                                and the Directorates-General. Members of 8KU, an       distribution installations for a local neighbourhood
                                association of medium-sized German urban utilities,    were built in 2004. Currently, Energiecomfort is in-
                                met with four Austrian network providers to discuss    vestigating the potential for utilisation of renewable
                                regulatory issues, asset management, benchmarking      energy sources in the city. An 8.4 MW biomass heat
                                methodology and “smart metering”. Members of the       generation plant started operating in the southern
                                Munich public utilities visited their Viennese coun-   German community of Oberstaufen in late 2008.
                                terparts, who in turn learned about the introduction   Energiecomfort also monitored the development
                                of a smart metering system in Gothenburg. Power        of energy markets in south-eastern Europe and
                                network employees also participated in seminars        conducted projects in cooperation with Novi Sad,
                                and congresses in Germany, the US, Amsterdam,          Subotica and Čačak in Serbia.
                                London, Paris and Tallinn.
                                                                                       Bestattung Wien – funeral services
                                Energiecomfort                                         Bestattung Wien maintained international contacts
                                Energiecomfort Wien, a subsidiary of Wien Ener-        through its membership of the European Federation
                                gie, was active in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and      of Funeral Services (EFFS), which is headquartered
                                Germany. It holds a 50% stake in the heat provider     in Vienna. The objective of EFES, which currently
                                Távhöszolgáltató Kft. in Köszeg, Hungary, 49% in       has members from 26 European countries, is to
                                Bytkomfort s.r.o. in Nové Zámky, Slovakia, and 55%     lobby EU decision-makers to include the results
                                                                                       of EFES working committee debates in future EU
                                                                                       legislation. Issues in this area are: the introduction
                                                                                       of an MBA study course in Funeral Services, the set-
                                                                                       ting of atmospheric emissions limits for crematoria
                                                                                       and a proposed ban on the use of formaldehyde in
                                                                                       embalming, as well as proposals for EU regulations
                                                                                       concerning cross-border transport of human remains.
                                                                                       Meetings were held in Lisbon and Brussels.

                                                                                       Lokalbahnen
                                                                                       Shortly after its launch as a privately owned rail
         Novi Sad, Dunavska
     street (Tomislav Bukvic)                                                          cargo transport operation using non-proprietary rail



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infrastructure, Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo GmbH            mainly on support and promotion programmes that
began to organise international freight trains for       target women. A delegation from the local parlia-
its customers. Coordination of different transport       ment of Berlin (committee for integration, labour,
logistics components requires the development and        vocational training and social affairs) visited waff
maintenance of a network of international partners       during a fact-finding trip to Vienna.
and contact points at the trains’ destinations. In
the year under report, 3,134 international freight       At the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships for Skills
trains with a total cargo volume of about 3 million      and Competitiveness, waff presented its services
tonnes were managed. The points of departure and         as part of the skills-building strategy of Vienna’s
destinations were the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg,       Territorial Employment Pact. Participants in the
Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Duisburg, Koper and Neuss,         UNIDO Cluster Study Tour visited the Automotive
as well as other destinations in non-overseas trans-     Cluster Vienna Region. Waff presented its services
port in Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia,         for the people and businesses of Vienna, focusing
Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech          in particular on the “labour foundations”, an instru-
Republic and Poland. The destinations received a         ment of labour market policy that helps support
total of 160,000 containers. Within Austria, the cargo   economic activity.
trains are handled in the port terminals of Vienna,
Krems and Enns, and in the rail terminals of Graz,       At an international conference on “senior citizens
Linz and Salzburg.                                       and the labour market” in Bratislava, waff presented
                                                         its services in the fields of labour and health to an
WienIT – information technology services                 expert audience. Vienna’s Territorial Employment
At a user event organised by Hewlett-Packard (HP)        Pact, the regional pacts and how they help to sup-
in Frankfurt/Main, the company presented the             port persons at risk of exclusion were the themes of
process automation solution which it developed for       a presentation at an international expert conference
WienIT to ensure optimised operational processes.        on “local alliances, pacts and partnerships in labour
Representatives of the company Volkswagen AG,            market and vocational training policy” in Berlin.
Wolfsburg, visited WienIT for in-depth information       Also in Berlin, waff participated in an international
on the benefits of this optimisation tool.               conference on “sustainable integration of young
                                                         people with migration background in European
                                                         metropolises”. Together with Municipal Department
Vienna Employment Promotion Fund                         27 (EU Strategy and Economic Development), waff
(waff)                                                   presented information about strategies and actions
                                                         in support of young people from migrant families in
Members of the Vienna Employment Promotion               Vienna. At an international conference on “ensuring
Fund (waff) met with delegations from the Czech          a skilled labour force in the region”, which took place
Republic, Germany, Cyprus, Italy, Serbia and Japan       in the German state of Brandenburg, waff gave a
to discuss labour market policy issues. Information      presentation on the cross-regional management of
about service offers for persons with migrant back-      skilled labour in Austria.
ground was sought by the European Social Fund
Cooperation Network among Managing Authorities,
Intermediate Bodies and Central Authorities for the
period 2007-2013 (ESF Co.NET) and by the Territo-
rial Employment Pacts of Austria’s Federal Provinces.
Visitors were most interested in Vienna’s collabora-
tive approach to labour market policy, promotion of
                                                                                                                   Ulrike Neuhauser
continuing vocational training and how waff uses                                                                   (2nd row, left) at a
financing provided by the European Social Fund. A                                                                  conference on new
                                                                                                                   training methods in
visit by the Saitama Prefectural Government Gen-
                                                                                                                   Thessaloniki
der Equality Promotion Group from Japan focused                                                                    (Private collection)



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                                                                                          in Thessaloniki discussed new forms of professional
                                                                                          training. Strengthening the social dialogue in the
                                                                                          newer EU member states and candidate countries is
                                                                                          considered very important by HOSPEEM and EPSU,
                                                                                          and relevant projects are co-financed by the EU. One
                                                                                          of these projects, which was led by the Dutch social
                                                                                          partners, was successfully concluded in 2008.

                                                                                          The Department for the Coordination and Cooperation
                                                                                          of Vienna Public Health Services with the European
                                                                                          Union also represented Vienna in the Committee for
                                                                                          Social Affairs and Public Health of the Assembly of
                                                                                          European Regions (AER). In April, the “2nd Day of
                                                                                          Health and Sexuality” took place at Vienna City Hall;
                                                                                          in October, members of the Department attended
                                                                                          the “European Health Forum Gastein”. The Depart-
                                                                                          ment also prepared expert opinions and comments
                                                                                          on draft legislation.
     EU Health Commissioner     Health and Social Policy
      Androulla Vassiliou and
      European Health Forum                                                               The Department for Structural Development
        President Dr. Günther   The City of Vienna’s Sigmund Freud Award for              represented Vienna in the WHO Healthy Cities Net-
               Leiner (EHFG)
                                Psychotherapy was given to the German-Chinese             work and participated in the conference in Zagreb
                                Academy for Psychotherapy on the occasion of the          that marked the 20th anniversary of the network,
                                5th World Congress for Psychotherapy in Beijing. The      as well as in a symposium on “Healthy ageing” in
                                7,000-euro Award was established in 1999 to honour        Brno. The Healthy Cities conference in the Croatian
                                excellence in research or outstanding life achievements   capital discussed major issues of the last few years,
                                in psychotherapy. The German-Chinese Academy              such as health-promoting urban planning and ex-
                                enables Chinese students to study psychotherapy           ercise, but also global challenges such as climate
                                and provides scholarships.                                change and social inequalities. The cardiovascular
                                                                                          disease prevention programme “Ein Herz für Wien”
                                One of the major areas of activity of the Department      (“A heart for Vienna”) received the “UN HABITAT
                                for the Coordination and Cooperation of Vienna            Best Practice” award. A meeting of the new EU
                                Public Health Services with the European Union is         project “!2SPARE – Health inequalities indicators in
                                to participate actively in the European Hospital and      European Regions” took place in Vienna. Extensive
                                Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM).              data gathering activities were conducted in Graz
                                On the occasion of World Health Day (April 7),            and Vienna during the first survey phase of the EU
                                HOSPEEM and the European Public Services Un-              project “EURO-URHIS – European Urban Health In-
                                ion (EPSU) signed a Code of Conduct on Ethical            dicators”. A workshop on health data and reporting
                                Recruitment. A statement was prepared in 2008             systems was held at Benediktbeuern.
                                on the protection of health workers against needle
                                injuries (and subsequent infections), and a techni-       Members of Municipal Department 15 (Public Health
                                cal seminar was organised by the partners in the          Services) attended congresses and symposiums in
                                sectoral dialogue with participation of members of        various fields. These included conferences of the
                                the Vienna Hospital Association. In connection with       International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung
                                the European social partners’ Framework Agreement         Disease in the Netherlands and in Paris, on sexually
                                on Harassment and Violence at Work (3rd Party Vio-        transmitted diseases in Milan and Malta, and a meet-
                                lence), this important problem was included in the        ing on the occasion of Vienna’s AIDS Day. MA 15 was
                                work programme of the health and hospital sector          also present at the Life Ball, offering counselling at
                                for the first time. A workshop on “new skill needs”       the AIDS charity, and monitored the situation with



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respect to sexually transmitted diseases during the
European Football Championship. MA 15 welcomed
delegations from the Chinese province of Shanxi and
from the Republic of Korea, and exchange programmes
brought physicians and students of medicine from
the USA, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and
Bucharest to the Department’s facilities.

Municipal Department 24 (Health Care and Social
Welfare Planning) participated in the EU’s Social
Protection Committee, the Union’s vehicle for coop-
erative exchange between the European Commis-
sion and the Member States about modernising and
improving social protection systems. Moreover, MA
24 participated in a conference on “Intergenerational      Football Championship and hosted the “10th Inter-         Chinese Deputy Health
                                                                                                                     Minister Xi Li (middle)
Solidarity for Cohesive and Sustainable Societies” in      national Emergency Congress” in Vienna. Staff of
                                                                                                                     at a visit to Vienna’s
Brdo, Slovenia, in a “Forum on Social Services” in Paris   MA 70 visited the “Euronavigator” in Berlin and the       General Hospital (AKH-
and in a “Round table on poverty and social exclu-         European Red Cross congress in Ghent and partici-         Informationszentrum)

sion” in Marseille. A symposium in Berlin discussed        pated in a training event for helicopter emergency
globalisation and socio-economic change in the big         medical services staff that was organised by the
cities, and a meeting was held in Rome on “Santé           German army in Bückeburg, Lower Saxony.
Mentale et Exclusion Sociale”. Members of MA 24
also gathered useful information at a networking
meeting on social planning in Steinbach, Thüringen.        Vienna Hospital Association
Several delegations came to Vienna to learn about
Vienna’s model of social security.                         The annual exchange programme of HOPE, the
                                                           European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, en-
A symposium under the motto “The future of age-            ables participants to gain insights into the healthcare
ing” was opened by Executive City Councillor Sonja         systems and hospitals of other European countries.
Wehsely at Vienna City Hall. Participants from eight       The keynote theme of 2008 was “Improving continuity
capital cities – Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest,           of care: the role of IT”. In addition, a focus week was
Ljubljana, Prague, Sofia and Zagreb – discussed            organised on electronic patient files and e-health.
current challenges and action plans in the field of        The Evaluation Meeting was held in Paris.
long-term health care.
                                                           The hospitals of the Vienna Hospital Association
The Municipal Department for Social Welfare, So-           KAV (Social-Medical Centre East, Geriatric Centre
cial and Public Health Law (MA 40) participated            Favoriten, Social-Medical Centre South – Emperor
in a meeting of department heads of social service
departments of Germany’s major cities in Berlin to
discuss social case law, childhood poverty, refugee
issues and housing shortage issues. Together with
social policy organisations from Belgium, the UK,
Finland, France, Ireland, Malta and Spain, MA 40 was
invited to participate as a good practice example in a
European Social Network meeting in Ljubljana.

Municipal Department 70 (Ambulance and Patient
Transport Services) participated in the medical
                                                                                                                     Vienna’s General Hospital
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            Franz Josef Hospital, Social-Medical Centre Baum-         Vienna Social Fund
            gartner Höhe – Otto Wagner Hospital) received
            numerous delegations. In June, former US Secretary        The Vienna Social Fund (Fonds Soziales Wien, FSW)
            of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Austrian Presi-       continued its international activities of previous
            dent Dr. Heinz Fischer paid a visit to St. Leopold’s      years, with active participation in EU projects and
            Church, which is located within the Otto Wagner           cooperation with counterpart organisations in other
            Hospital compound. Several foreign delegations            cities; it participated in the Social Affairs Commit-
            with a total number of 511 visitors came to Vienna’s      tee of EUROCITIES and served as an important
            General Hospital (AKH) on tours organised by the          contact point for international visitors, welcoming
            health sector consulting and development company          19 delegations from Europe and other continents,
            VAMED. Visitors included the Minister of Health and       including one from Kyrgyzstan and one from Bra-
            Family Affairs of Gabon, Angélique Ngoma, and the         zil, as well as representatives of the OECD and the
            Minister of Infrastructure of Senegal, Oumar Sarr.        European Commission. A workshop was organised
            AKH director Dr. Reinhard Krepler met the Chinese         in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Social
            Deputy Health Minister Xi Li.                             Affairs and Consumer Protection for Turkey’s Di-
                                                                      rectorate General for Social Services and Solidarity,
            Within the KAV, the Coordinating Unit for Legal           which reports directly to Turkish Prime Minister
            Issues, the Quality Assurance Unit, the Unit for          Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The agenda, which covered
            Technical Operations Management and the IT Unit           several days, dealt inter alia with cooperation be-
            participated in international activities in Austria and   tween government institutions and NGOs. Special
            abroad. These included a symposium on “Quality in         workshops were also offered to social policy and
            Healthcare” at Vienna City Hall and visits to Berlin      housing experts from Serbia.
            in support of a hospital planning process there. The
            KAV subsidiaries (1: Hospitals of the City of Vienna,     The Vienna Social Fund presented its themes: women’s
            Departments for Service Development and Operations        health, occupational health and labour market, at
            Management; 2: General Hospital and Nursing Care)         a conference on migrant health in Malmö that was
            also engaged in international contacts, including a       organised by the European Public Health Associa-
            study tour to Poland.                                     tion and attracted 300 participants. Moreover, the
                                                                       Fund attended a conference on “Health Promotion
                                                                       in Hospitals” in Berlin and a conference on “The
                                                                       Future of Ageing” in Vienna. At Caritas Europe’s
                                                                       European Homecare Forum in Belgrade, which
                                                                       brought together delegates from 25 countries,
                                                                       FSW presented the Viennese system of support for
                                                                       outpatient care services.

                                                                      Together with Municipal Departments 17, 18 and
                                                                      27, FSW participated in the British Council initiative
                                                                      OPENCITIES that examines from many different
                                                                      angles how migrant populations can contribute to
                                                                      the internationalisation of cities. In addition, FSW
                                                                      continued its activities in the European Social Net-
                                                                      work, an association of the health and public services
                                                                      bodies of European regions, cities and communities
                                                                      that facilitates a continuous exchange of information
                                                                      and experience between public administrations,


                                                                      City Councillor Sonja Wehsely and the Managing Director
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social insurance systems and NPOs. The French EU
Presidency organised the 2008 conference under
the motto “Designing the future of local social serv-
ices” in Paris, where FSW reported on policy actions
against homelessness and exclusion in the housing
market; the delegation from Vienna was headed by
City Council Member Christian Deutsch.

The SozialRuf division of the Vienna Social Fund
continued to manage www.Socialinfo.eu, a network
of social databases with multilingual content in 15
languages. In the second half of 2008, the number
of monthly visits to the website rose to more than
300,000.



Substance Abuse and Drug Policy
Coordination

The Substance Abuse and Drug Policy Coordina-
tion Office co-financed training seminars for two            “Case Management Model – Assertive Community              City Councillor Sonja
                                                                                                                       Wehsely and Professor
groups of social workers from the initiative Nova            Treatment” for clients with multiple problems was
                                                                                                                       Beate Wimmer-Puchinger,
Simja from Chernivtsi in western Ukraine. During             discussed at meetings in Utrecht and Switzerland.         Vienna’s Commissioner
the trainings, which were organised in cooperation           Vienna’s Drug Policy Coordinator Michael Dressel          for Women’s Health, at an
                                                                                                                       expert meeting at Vienna
with the Austrian association Confinis, the visitors         represented Austria at the meetings of the Horizon-       City Hall (Jobst)
collected first-hand information about the full range        tal Drugs Group, a working group of the European
of operational activities in Vienna to help develop          Council in Brussels.
perspectives for drug policy and assistance measures
in Chernivtsi. A delegation of drug policy experts
from Munich also visited Vienna to learn about the           Vienna Commissioner for Women‘s Health
city’s drug policy, including visits to streetwork locales
and emergency shelters for youngsters.                       The Commissioner for Women’s Health, Professor
                                                             Beate Wimmer-Puchinger, participated as speaker
The City of Vienna invited the participants of the           and expert in a series of conferences and meetings
UN Conference “Beyond 2008”, which discussed the             abroad, including a symposium on psychosomatics in
United Nations’ drug policy programme, to Vienna             obstetric care in Florence, an international conference
City Hall, where the Drug Policy Coordination Office         on eating disorders in Seattle, the International Day
presented its work.                                          of Women’s Health in Berlin, the “World Ageing and
                                                             Generations Congress” in St. Gallen, and conferences
Members of the Drug Policy Coordination Office               in Malmö and Zurich. The Commissioner welcomed
attended international conferences, most of them             delegations from Turkey and Bremen.
in Germany: a conference on integrated drug policy
and drug work in Frankfurt; counselling, care and
treatment of children, youths and addicts, and               Vienna Patient Advocacy Group
addiction therapy days in Hamburg; an addiction
prevention symposium in Bad Homburg; and a                   Members of the Patient Advocacy Group partici-
conference on police work in addiction prevention            pated in the “Jura Health Congress” in Leipzig in
in Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia. A conference on            June, which focused on how to redefine and redis-
alcohol-related issues took place in Barcelona, and a        tribute healthcare tasks, specifically between the



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                                                                                         parents, the Daughters Day and the Internet plat-
                                                                                         form job4girls. The motto of the day was “Promoting
                                                                                         women in their professional careers”.

                                                                                         The EU Commissioner for Education, Training,
                                                                                         Culture and Multilingualism, Ján Figel’, Austria’s
                                                                                         Federal Minister for Education, Arts and Culture,
                                                                                         Dr. Claudia Schmied, and Vienna’s Mayor Dr. Michael
                                                                                         Häupl participated in an event that was organised
                                                                                         in the context of the “European Year of Intercultural
                                                                                         Dialogue” at the Museumsquartier. The meeting saw
                                                                                         the fact that 30% of the inhabitants of Vienna have
                                                                                         a migration background as enriching, but also as a
                                                                                         challenge. A programme of language teaching for
                                                                                         young people run by Interface Vienna was awarded
                                                                                         the European Seal for Innovative Language Projects
                                                                                         (ESIS). ESIS was established by the European Union
                                                                                         in 1997; 30 nations participate in the programme.
                                                                                         The target group are teenagers and young adults
                                                                                         aged 15 to 25 who come to Vienna at an age where
              City Councillor   spheres of medical treatment and nursing care.           school education is no longer mandatory.
       Sandra Frauenberger      New legislation came into force in Austria in July
     and Almaz Böhm of the
        NGO ”Menschen für       (“Pflege-Weiterentwicklungsgesetz”, Act on the           City Councillor Sandra Frauenberger opened the
     Menschen”, who spoke       Further Development of Nursing Care) that gives          “clownin” international festival of female clowns at
       about being a woman
                  in Ethiopia   qualified nurses the right to prescribe and execute      the Kosmos Theatre in December.
           (Schaub-Walzer)      certain medical treatments. In Hamburg, the
                                “9th Congress of the German Inter-disciplinary           The Municipal Department for Personnel Services
                                Association for Intensive and Emergency Health-          (MA 2) sent 25 apprentices on a language training
                                care” discussed issues relating to patients’ autonomy,   trip to Dublin. In the context of an exchange pro-
                                advance healthcare directives, relatives’ satisfaction   gramme, four apprentices went to Helsinki for a
                                and burnout prevention.                                  training placement eligible for credit in the Europass.
                                                                                         A similar exchange programme is in place with
                                                                                         Munich; in 2008, ten apprentices from each city
                                Retirement Homes                                         were dispatched on mutual three-week job experi-
                                                                                         ence trips. A student from the Academy of Public
                                Vienna’s Retirement Homes welcomed delegations           Administration in Kehl was welcomed to Vienna for
                                from Armenia, Bulgaria and the Republic of Korea.        a training placement at MA 2.
                                An especially large number of delegations with
                                numerous visitors came from Japan.                       The Municipal Department for Integration and Diver-
                                                                                         sity (MA 17) engaged in exchanges at the European
                                                                                         level and contributed to international networks.
                                Integration, Women’s Issues, Consumer                    MA 17 represented Vienna in the EUROCITIES work-
                                Protection and Personnel                                 ing party on migration/integration.

                                At an event in honour of International Women’s           The project “Vienna needs you! Recruiting of police
                                Day (March 8), the Executive Councillor for Women’s      staff with migration background” and its underlying
                                Issues, Sandra Frauenberger, presented policy actions    quality criteria were presented at a Critical Friends
                                that are currently being implemented in Vienna,          Meeting in Rome in the presence of participants
                                such as a “training compass”, a website for single       from Italy and Austria. A conference held in Paris



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under the motto “The Citizen at the Heart of Public
Quality” was attended by 1,300 participants from
all countries of the European Union. The conference
focused on improvement of customer satisfaction,
citizens’ participation, new key social issues and
the inclusion of all stakeholders in quality assur-
ance processes.

Vienna supported the “Charter of Diversity” cam-
paign that was launched in Germany in the previ-
ous year. The signatories to the Charter accept and
promote diversity in society in an effort to make
use of the potential it holds in the economic sphere.
The focus of the campaign is on ethnic origin and
cultural diversity. In this context, MA 17 gave a         “The role of women’s NGOs in preventing and eliminat-    Speaking in the Coat of
presentation entitled “Vienna: application profile of a   ing violence against women” held in Košice. Relevant     Arms Hall of Vienna City
                                                                                                                   Hall, City Council Member
diversity-based city administration” at a conference      events in Vienna included an expert conference on        Nurten Yilmaz addresses
in Frankfurt/Main.                                        the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the foundation   representatives of foreign
                                                                                                                   missions in Vienna on the
                                                          of women’s shelters in Vienna, the final conference      issues of immigration and
The Head of Municipal Department 35 (Immigration,         of the Council of Europe’s campaign “Stop Domestic       residence (media wien)
Citizenship and Registry Offices), Beatrix Hornschall,    Violence against Women” which took place in the
participated in the 5th European Human Rights             parliament building, a symposium on “Strategies
Conference in Geneva. Staff of MA 35 attended the         against trafficking in women” and an international
Metropolis Conference that took place in Bonn under       symposium in the field of youth research.
the motto “Mobility, integration and development
in a globalised world”. Metropolis is a worldwide         The 2008 FemCities Conference in Vienna inquired
network of non-governmental organisations. Mem-           into options to close the income gap between women
bers of foreign missions were informed about the          and men, and MA 57 participated in the EU pro-
activities of MA 35 at Vienna City Hall.                  gramme Daphne.

Municipal Department 57 (Promotion and Co-                Municipal Department 62 (Elections and Specific
ordination of Women’s Issues) received many expert        Legal Affairs) welcomed a delegation of accredited
visitors from abroad, among them members of the           Hungarian observers during the Austrian general
OSCE, social workers from Priština, visitors from         elections in the autumn.
Suure-Jaani, Estonia, from the Central European
University of Budapest, from Bremen, from the
Japanese prefecture of Saitama, from Iksan, Republic
of Korea, from Berlin and from the Kadiköy district
in Istanbul. With a view to the preparations for the
World Football Championship to be held in South
Africa in 2010, the Mayor of Pretoria, Dr. Gwendoline
Malegwale Ramokgopa, visited Vienna and met with
members of MA 57 to discuss specific services for
women and gender mainstreaming policies in Vienna.
A meeting was held at the British embassy on the
rights of crime victims in Austria. Members of MA 57                                                               City Councillor Sandra
were invited to speak at conferences in Austria and                                                                Frauenberger celebrating
                                                                                                                   International Women’s
abroad, including an urban administration expert
                                                                                                                   Day at Vienna City Hall
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                                                                                        Cultural Forum in Warsaw and participated in an
                                                                                        informative event and panel discussions on “Domes-
                                                                                        tic violence in lesbian relationships” in Frankfurt/
                                                                                        Main. A conference on discrimination, hate crimes
                                                                                        and domestic violence took place in Stockholm in
                                                                                        the context of “Europride 2008”. On 27 November,
                                                                                        WASt joined City Councillor Sandra Frauenberger
                                                                                        in raising a Red Ribbon on the City Hall building
                                                                                        to mark International World Aids Day with a sign
                                                                                        of solidarity with all AIDS sufferers and HIV posi-
                                                                                        tive people.

                                                                                        WASt also participated in two EU projects.



                                                                                        Cultural Affairs and Science

                                                                                        The Cultural Affairs Department (MA 7) pursued
                                                                                        manifold international activities, focusing in par-
                                                                                        ticular on the promotion, support and funding of
                                                                                        Viennese art projects abroad. Support from MA 7
           Participants of the   Anti-Discrimination Unit for Same-Sex                  enabled many artists to go on tours and participate
     ILGA Europe Conference
                       (WASt)    Lifestyles                                             in international festivals and art fairs. In addition
                                                                                        to theatrical performances, a great number of ap-
                                 The City of Vienna’s Anti-Discrimination Unit for      pearances abroad were made by musicians: choirs,
                                 Same-Sex Lifestyles (WASt) celebrated its tenth        ensembles and orchestras travelled to North and
                                 anniversary with an international expert conference    South America and Asia, theatrical productions
                                 in October. Speakers from Germany, Finland and         were staged in many countries across Europe, in
                                 Austria addressed the meeting. This was followed       Israel and in the USA.
                                 by the annual conference of ILGA-Europe, which
                                 took place in Vienna in late October/early November.   The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in
                                 ILGA-Europe is the European regional branch of the     Gyumri, the second-largest city in Armenia, had a
                                 International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA, a      special focus on Vienna in 2008, which contributed
                                 worldwide umbrella organisation of lesbian, gay,       significantly to cultural exchange. A collection of
                                 bisexual and transgender NGOs. Under the motto         contemporary video art pieces on DVD, the “Vien-
                                 “Think globally, act locally”, 200 participants from   nese Videos”, was presented by MUSA (“Museum auf
                                 more than 80 countries attended the conference.        Abruf”) in cooperation with the Compress publishing
                                 Two receptions were given at the City Hall on this     house in Sofia and in Prague, where it excited much
                                 occasion, and WASt and ILGA-Europe co-organised        interest among audiences.
                                 an exhibition under the heading “Different families,
                                 same love” that was on show in the City Hall arcade.   The Vienna Lectures Series is dedicated to the
                                 The exhibition, which presented different kinds        deliberation of questions that confront the world
                                 of families and called for respect, recognition and    today; the lectures thereby also contribute to the
                                 equal treatment for all of them, was opened by City    building of an international intellectual network.
                                 Councillor Sandra Frauenberger in the presence of      Accurate analyses, while no cure for problems in
                                 international visitors.                                and of themselves, are necessary prerequisites for
                                                                                        peaceful, democratic and socially acceptable solu-
                                 Members of WASt attended a conference on “Violence     tions. The lectures take place in Vienna, but also
                                 towards Young Lesbians and Gays” at the Austrian       in other cities: because the place where a problem



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is discussed has an influence on the perspective,
changes of perspective are important, useful and
fruitful – especially so in the dynamically progress-
ing globalisation process.

In the year under report, two lectures of the series
“Cities in Dialogue” were held at the Vienna House
in Brussels. In July Professor Wendelin Schmidt-
Dengler (✝) and Professor Ulrich Gansert gave
lectures on “Cultural Criticism from Vienna: Egon
Friedell, Anton Kuh, Karl Kraus, Thomas Bernhard”.
December was dedicated to Vienna as a centre for
theatre, in particular to its flagship institution the
Burgtheater, with a lecture on “The Burgtheater
and theatrical performances in 2008: themes, direc-
tors, actors, audiences”. “Exaggeration artists and
masters of word-splitting: Thomas Bernhard und
Karl Valentin” was the title of a lecture at the Altes
Rathaus in Munich which explored the intellectual
cosmos of two authors who have much in common
in terms of subject matter and language. A critical-      Municipal Department 8 (City Archives) partici-                  City Councillor
                                                                                                                           Dr. Andreas Mailath-
ironical stance towards the genius loci is a central      pated in the leading expert conference on archival
                                                                                                                           Pokorny meets the
element in both Bernhard’s and Valentin’s art. The        issues worldwide, the “International Congress on                 Mayor of Lviv and host of
lecture was organised on the occasion of the 850th        Archives”. Organised by the International Council                the Vienna Days there,
                                                                                                                           Andriy Sadovyy ( Lviv City
birthday of the City of Munich.                           on Archives in cooperation with national archive                 Administration)
                                                          administrations, the ICA Congress is held every four
MA 7 was among the leading organisers of the              years and is the largest platform for exchange among
Sarajevo Days in Vienna and the Days of Viennese          archive experts. The Congress, which was hosted by
Culture in Ukraine.                                       Vienna in 2004, was held in Kuala Lumpur in the
                                                          year under report. MA 8 was
At the “20th International Children’s Film Festival”      represented by staff from the
in November, films from ten countries were shown,         Archive Documents Unit.
including eleven premières. A jury of children
awarded the UNICEF Prize for films that advocate          In October, MA 8 hosted a
the rights of children and youth to the Italian movie     major international confer-
“Rosso come il cielo” (Red Like The Sky).                 ence on “European cities and
                                                          towns in the Middle Ages” on
Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Executive City Council-      the occasion of the 800th an-
lor for Cultural Affairs, opened an exhibition entitled   niversary of the drafting of
“Israel. 60 Years – 60 Images” with pictures from the     the oldest document extant
archive of Vienna-born photographer David Rubin-          in Vienna’s historical archives.
ger at the Judenplatz Museum. In the photographs,         Under relevant local legislation
Rubinger traced the history of the state of Israel.       (Vienna Law on Archives),
                                                          one of the tasks of MA 8 is to
More than 125 exhibitions at 100 locations marked         conduct research, both into
the “3rd European Month of Photography” in Oc-            Vienna’s history and in the
tober. The partner cities Berlin, Bratislava, Paris,      field of comparative urban
                                                                                             “Standing Lady” by Gustav Klimt, Monsignore Otto Mauer
Luxembourg, Moscow and Rome participated in               history studies. In pursuit of
                                                                                             collection (Dom- und Diözesanmuseum), on display at the
the opening.                                              this function, MA 8 invited        Lviv Gallery of Painting



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                                                                                             library history of that era. Among the participants
                                                                                             were 28 visitors from abroad, including provenance
                                                                                             specialists from Germany, Poland, France, the US,
                                                                                             Great Britain and the Netherlands. Together with
                                                                                             the Institute for Science and Art, MA 9 conducted a
                                                                                             symposium entitled “Before Google – search engines
                                                                                             of the analogue era”, at which expert speakers from
                                                                                             Germany, France, Italy, the US and other countries
                                                                                             compared today’s search engines with institutions,
                                                                                             persons and technologies that may be regarded
                                                                                             as precursors of the present-day search engines.
                                                                                             Together with Vienna’s Jewish Community, MA 9
                                                                                             presented a book entitled “Returned from Russia:
                                                                                             Nazi archival plunder in Western Europe and recent
                                                                                             restitution issues” (published by Patricia K. Grimsted,
                                                                                             F.J. Hoogewoud and Eric Ketelaar, London: Institute
                                                                                             of Art and Law, 2007).

                                                                                              The Vienna City Library contributed to exhibitions
       Vienna Lectures Series:      speakers from Germany, the UK, Ireland, Poland,           abroad – “Kabarett Fledermaus 1907–1913” (Mu-
     lecture in the Festival Hall
                                    Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria to give         seum Villa Stuck, Munich), “Helmut Qualtinger”
             of Vienna City Hall
                   (media wien)     lectures. The participants in the meeting, which was     (Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw), “Die Beste aller
                                    organised in cooperation with other institutions –       Frauen” (Jewish Museum, Frankfurt/Main), “Josef
                                    the Association for the History of the City of Vienna,   Maria Auchentaller (1865-1949). Un secessionista
                                    the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Urban History         ai confini dell’ impero” (Musei Provinciali, Palazzo
                                    Research, the Austrian Working Group on Urban            Attems-Petzenstein, Gorizia) – and participated in
                                    History and the Institute for Austrian Historical        the following conferences: Russian Music Archives
                                    Research – included archive experts from Greece,         Abroad, Moscow, a workshop on the master plan
                                    Norway and the Czech Republic.                           for the central regional library of Berlin, a working
                                                                                             meeting of Austrian literary archives in Berlin, a
       Dr. Bernhard Denscher,
           head of the Cultural     The Library of Vienna University and Vienna City         meeting of the German Literary Archive Marbach,
      Department (MA 7), and        Library co-hosted a conference on “Libraries in the      the Deutscher Bibliothekstag in Mannheim, a con-
       his counterpart Zvitlina
                 Zorina in Kiev     Nazi Era”, which discussed Nazi-looted books and         ference of the International Association of Music
             (Christian Pronay)     current provenance research, as well as aspects of the   Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres in
                                                                                             Naples and the Poetenfest in Erlangen.



                                                                                             Wien Museum

                                                                                             As a result of an intensive dialogue between Wien
                                                                                             Museum and the City Museum of Nagoya, Japan, the
                                                                                             exhibition “Nagoya – The Evolution of the Japanese
                                                                                             City” was on show at Wien Museum’s central loca-
                                                                                             tion at Karlsplatz.

                                                                                             An exhibition entitled “Sparklers – Emilie Flöge and
                                                                                             the jewellery of Wiener Werkstätte” was designed
                                                                                             in close cooperation with the Neue Galerie in New
                                                                                             York. The Museum’s Board for the first time agreed



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to provide a large number of objects on loan for this
purpose. The exhibition “Modern Turkey – Photos by
Othmar Pferschy” was realised as a result of Wien
Museum’s cooperation with the Istanbul Museum
of Modern Art which owns a major collection of the
Austrian-born artist’s works.

Director Dr. Wolfgang Kos was invited to a meeting
of directors of German historical museums in Magde-
burg, and museum directors and representatives
of international institutions visited Wien Museum.
Curators of Wien Museum went on a trip to the City
Museum of Munich, where they viewed its new per-
manent exhibition. Visits were also paid to newly
built museums in Manchester and Liverpool, where
special attention was given to issues relating to the
preservation of collections and construction of new
storage facilities. Wien Museum staff also visited the   und Kaiserreich/Historisches Museum, Berlin, and       The Nagoya exhibition
newly designed permanent exhibitions of the City         Kunsthalle zu Kiel; 1908 – Von Abstraktion bis Zep-    at Wien Museum
                                                                                                                ( Nagoya City Museum)
Museums of Luxembourg and Ljubljana.                     pelinstiftung/Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen;
                                                         Traces du Sacré – Spuren des Geistingen/Haus der
The permanent exhibition on display at Vienna’s          Kunst, Munich; Spektakel der Macht/Kunsthistorisches
Roman Museum, a branch of Wien Museum, was               Museum Magdeburg; Interieur/Exterieur. Wohnen
presented at an archaeological conference in Bu-         in der Kunst. Vom romantischen Interieurbild zum
dapest. Wien Museum attended a conference in             Wohndesign der Zukunft/Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg;
Dresden (“Heimat als Argument im Prozess der             Matthias Corvinus und sein Hof/Budapesti Törteneti
Moderne”) and the IXth International Conference          Muzeum; Josef Maria Auchentaller. Un secessionista
on Urban History in Lyon. A curator participated         ai confini dell’Impero/Musei Provinciali, Gorizia;
in an international symposium at the Institute of        Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life in
Art History in Florence and presented his research       Vienna 1900/Tate Liverpool.
on the construction history of the Hofburg imperial
palace in Vienna.
                                                         Urban Development and Transport
Staff of the educational unit participated in
international conferences and workshops on mu-           At the “World Business Districts Summit” which
seum education and audience development and in           took place under the patronage of French President
the European Registrars Conference in Basle that         Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, Executive City Councillor
discussed international standards for loans.             for Urban Development Rudolf Schicker presented
                                                         Vienna’s Transport Master Plan. The conference,
Wien Museum provided objects from its collections        which counted US economist and Nobel laureate
on loan for the following exhibitions abroad: Mul-       Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz among its participants,
heres Reais. Modas e Modos no Rio de D. Joao VI/         focused on the sustainable design of business/of-
Casa Franca Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Reditel/Galerie      fice districts.
výtvarného umění in Cheb, Czech Republic; Alfred
Hrdlicka/Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall: True         A delegation from the Serbian city of Subotica was
Romance. Allegorien der Liebe von der Renaissance        welcomed by City Councillor Rudolf Schicker and
bis heute/Villa Stuck, Munich; Glücksspiel/Badisches     City Council Member Dr. Herbert Madejski for talks
Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe; Gründerzeit 1848–1871           focusing on environmental technology and issues
– Industrie und Lebensträume zwischen Vormärz            relating to the historical heritage.



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                                  Deputy Mayor Renate Brauner and City Councillor
                                  Rudolf Schicker presented the “Lakeside Neighbour-
                                  hood Aspern” at the EXPO REAL trade fair in Munich.
                                  In November, Mr. Schicker represented Austria’s
                                  federal provinces at an informal meeting of the EU
                                  ministers for regional planning and development
                                  in Marseille.

                                  The Municipal Department for Automated Data
                                  Processing, Information and Communications
                                  Technologies (MA 14) was a focus of interest for many
                                  international visitors. A Greek delegation visited the
                                  Department to discuss e-commerce, another one
                                  from Tel Aviv-Yafo was interested in issues relating     City Council Member Omar Al-Rawi and the Mayor of Seoul,
                                  to IT communications technology. The MCE met             Mr. Oh Se-hoon, at the E-Government Forum (Private collection)
                                  in the Croatian city of Rijeka. MCE stands for Major
                                  Cities of Europe and brings together the heads of IT     tration. City Council Member Omar Al-Rawi visited
                                  departments. The Freie Universität Berlin organised      Seoul, where he received the prize from the hands
                                  a workshop on path dependencies in cooperation with      of Mayor Oh Se-hoon. The other cities among the
                                  the Daimler Benz foundation. MA 14 participated in       Top Ten are: Seoul, Hong Kong, Helsinki, Singapore,
                                  the e-government working group of EUROCITIES             Madrid, London, Tokyo, Bangkok and New York.
                                  and attended a symposium in Odessa.
                                                                                           An exhibition on “World cultural heritage and con-
                                  A research study conducted by Rutgers University,        temporary architecture” was designed by Municipal
                                  Newark and Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, ranked        Department 18 (Urban Development and Planning)
                                  Vienna among the Top Ten cities for progress in          and shown in Lviv and Ankara. The exhibition
                City Councillor   e-government. The ranking was based on criteria          “Young Viennese Architects”, which had been on
      Rudolf Schicker at the      such as data protection, content, user-friendliness      tour in Austria and Europe since 2006, made its
     World Business Districts
               Summit in Paris    and potential for citizen participation. The study was   last stop at Stuttgart city hall. 15 architectural
      (6 th from right) (EPAD)    sponsored by the UN Division for Public Adminis-         firms had been nominated for the tour; the archi-
                                                                                            tects were a maximum of 45 years old at the time
                                                                                            of nomination. The previous stops on the tour had
                                                                                            been Berlin, Munich, Bratislava, Brno, Prague and
                                                                                            Zagreb. The Coordination Unit for Special Projects
                                                                                            and International Affairs participated in a number
                                                                                            of EUROCITIES working groups and was involved
                                                                                            in the OPENCities projects, as well as activities in
                                                                                            Ankara und Budapest.

                                                                                           During a visit to Ankara, Executive City Councillor for
                                                                                           Urban Development Rudolf Schicker named a street
                                                                                           in honour of Austrian architect Clemens Holzmeister
                                                                                           (1886-1983), whose buildings left a distinctive mark
                                                                                           on the cityscape after 1927. In addition, Vienna’s
                                                                                           transport master plan was presented at a conference
                                                                                           on transport planning that had been organised by
                                                                                           TINA Vienna and Bohmann Events. Deputy Mayor
                                                                                           Renate Brauner also engaged in business-related
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of the British Council which receives financial sup-
port from the EU project URBACT. Its focus is on
how Europe’s municipal administrations deal with
the diversity of urban populations. The project in-
vestigates whether migrant groups contribute to an
internationalisation of cities and to their successful
economic, cultural and social development. Belfast,
Dublin, Bilbao, Madrid, Sofia, Bucharest, Nitra,
Poznan, Gdansk, Düsseldorf and Vienna participate
in the project. A conference under the motto “Social
Cohesion and Democratic Governance” was held
in Madrid, and the association América-Europa de
Regiones y Ciudades met in Barcelona.

Members of Municipal Department 19 (Architecture
and Urban Design) gave a presentation on “conser-
vation of monuments in Vienna” at a conference
in Moscow, focusing on the national legislation in
force, protected zones under the Vienna building         and Construction (MA 28) presented the project         The Skywalk Spittelau
                                                                                                                project by Municipal
code and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage designa-         “Intelligent Transport System (ITS)-Vienna Region”.
                                                                                                                Department 29 (Bridge
tion. An exhibition on architectural design entitled     Moreover, MA 28 informed delegations from several      Construction and
“reinsetzen” was shown in Timişoara.                     European countries and from Israel about development   Foundation Engineering)
                                                                                                                wins first prize in the
                                                         projects along the Danube Canal, road maintenance,     walk-space-award 2008
Representatives of Municipal Department 21 A             pedestrian zones and slope stabilisation.              (Kurt Wurscher)
(District Planning and Land Use Central West) gave
expert presentations at conferences and meetings.        Members of Municipal Department 29 (Bridge Con-
These included a meeting of urban planners in            struction and Foundation Engineering) participated
Cologne and presentations on Vienna’s waterfront         in a conference on bridge-building in Balatonfüred,
development in Bratislava and Dubai. A paper on          Hungary.
European cities was presented in the context of                                                                 Volkmar Pamer of
a lecture at the National Technical University of        Among the international visitors to the Municipal      MA 21B gives a lecture
                                                                                                                at the Architectural
Athens, a symposium in Prague focused on zoning          Department for Public Lighting (MA 33) was a           Institute of Japan in Tokyo
and building plans, and the creation of the urban        delegation from Tunis, where installation of a new     (Private collection)
development plan for the Nordwestbahnhof rail
station in Vienna was discussed in Zurich.

Municipal Department 21 B (District Planning and
Land Use South and Northeast) presented the project
“CUPA – Co-operative Urban Planning Approach”
at an INTERACT workshop in Sofia. The EU project
“URBACT-REDIS – Restructuring Districts into Sci-
ence Quarters” gave rise to meetings in Aarhus and
Magdeburg. Vienna’s public housing policies were
presented in a lecture at one of Japan’s largest as-
sociations in the field, the Architectural Institute
of Japan in Tokyo.

At a congress on transport management in Geneva,
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                                   transport control centre is planned that will control     traffic and road management; at this meeting, MA
                                   all the traffic lights in the city. A delegation of the   46 experts spoke about safety audits, the objectives
                                   urban police force of Sochi, Russia visited MA 33 to      of safety management as defined by the European
                                   gather information about traffic light control systems    Union, and bicycle and pedestrian traffic issues.
                                   and video monitoring of traffic lights with a view to
                                   the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held there.

                                   The European Football Championship (UEFA EURO             Environment
                                   2008TM) was an important work focus for the Municipal
                                   Department for Traffic Management and Organisation        The Municipal Department for Environmental
                                   (MA 46) in the year under report. Vienna’s parking        Protection (MA 22) continued its manifold international
                                   space management system was presented at the              activities in the year under report, especially through
                                   Technical Academy of Esslingen. A Hungarian TV            participation in networks and EU projects.
                                   crew produced a feature about Vienna’s City Bike
                                   project, and a radio station from Paris reported on       Austria has 163 Natura 2000 Areas, four of which
                                   Vienna’s recreational bicycle routes. Rail technology     are located in Vienna. Natura 2000 is an ecological
       An EcoCities delegation     was discussed at “Innotrans”, a platform for buyers       network of protected areas in the territory of the
           from India discussed    and suppliers in the passenger and cargo transport        EU, for which each member state nominates areas
     Vienna’s EcoBusinessPlan
     with City Council Member      sector, in Berlin. MA 46 staff also met with experts      to be listed as Natura 2000 sites. In Vienna, two
      and chairman of the City     from research associations from Germany, Switzerland      of these sites are located on the hill ranges on the
       Council’s environmental
        affairs committee Erich    and Austria at the information seminar “D-A-CH”           north-eastern fringe of the city (Bisamberg). MA 22
               Valentin (Votava)   in Landshut to discuss the latest developments in         and Municipal Department 19, which comprises




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the Forestry Office and the Urban Agriculture Unit,
represented Vienna on Natura 2000 issues.

The EcoBusinessPlan, Vienna’s ecological services
programme, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its
launch. Between 1998 and 2008, 621 business enter-
prises participated in the programme and achieved                                                                 IWA President David
combined operating cost reductions of over € 41m.                                                                 Garmen from Australia
The impressive track record of the EcoBusinessPlan                                                                with Executive City
                                                                                                                  Councillor Ulli Sima, Hans
in terms of economy of business operations and                                                                    Sailer and Walter Kling of
ecological resource efficiency includes savings in                                                                Municipal Department 31
                                                                                                                  (MA 31)
drinking water consumption that would fill 572
Olympic-size swimming pools. International inter-       MA 30 also welcomed a delegation from Tallinn
est in the programme is strong, and as part of its      whose main focus of interest was the legislation
EcoBusinessPartnership project, MA 22 cooperated        and regulations in place with respect to industrial
with UNIDO to support seven Indian cities in the        and commercial sewage. PR work and a tour of an
introduction of similar programmes. The Irish com-      operations centre were the main items on the agenda
munity Macroom in Cork also adopted the Viennese        during a visit by experts from Sofia. At a conference
model with 11 participants from the SME sector.         on concrete technology held in Opatija, Croatia,
An international symposium under the heading            MA 30 presented a paper on the construction of
“SO:FAIR” was held in September to discuss socially     the Wien Valley sewer.
responsible and fair public procurement policies.
The 11th Planners Day was dedicated to the effects      Vienna and the Vienna Waterworks (MA 30) were at
of climate change and the adjustments and preven-       the centre of international water management during
tion strategies it necessitates in regional planning.   the World Water Congress 2008 of the International
MA 22 presented a paper on rainwater management         Water Association (IWA). About 1,600 visitors
at the conference.                                      attended the trade exhibition, and the technical-
                                                        scientific conference programme with some 1,000
Vienna participates in ENCORE, the Environmental        presentations and lectures created a high level of
Conference of the European Regions, which brings        interest among delegates and about 100 members
together the regional Environment Ministers and         of the international press. The international trade
cooperates with the EU Commission. In 2008,             show brought together 205 organisations from 30
the biennial conference of ENCORE took place in         countries on 7,000 sq.m. of exhibition space. Following
Zaragoza. Moreover, MA 22 represented the Aus-          the opening by Vienna’s Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl,
trian federal provinces at the Berne Convention on      the World Water Congress discussed technological
the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural       and scientific issues, such as water and energy use,
Habitats, whose Secretariat is located in Strasbourg.   sea water desalination and urban development. For
Work in 2008 focussed on the non-natural migration      the first time, IWA organised a “Development Corner”
of animal and plant species into new habitats. The      for discussion of water supply issues in developing
number of signatory states rose to 48.                  countries and NICs, where Private Public Partner-
                                                        ships (PPPs) play a central role. It is worth noting in
The international activities of Municipal Department    this context that 10% of funds provided by Austria
30 (Waste Water Management) centred mainly on           for bilateral development cooperation are used for
exchanges with the relevant administrative bodies       water supply and settlement sanitation projects.
from Zurich. The issues discussed included opera-       The International Association of Waterworks in
tions and fleet management and maintenance and          the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD) acted as the
repair of sewer networks. A workshop on waste water     regional partner of the Congress. Founded in 1993
management, which lasted several days, was given        with significant support from the City of Vienna,
in Vienna for officials from Zurich.                    IAWD promotes expert cooperation in the field of



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                                                       drinking water supply in the        honour of its continuous participation in the event.
                                                       Danube region through joint         The medal was received by the Director of the Parks
                                                       studies, research projects and      and Gardens Department, Rainer Weisgram. MA 42
                                                       events.                             also presented its activities in Nitra, Slovakia, at a
                                                                                           regional garden show in Neu-Ulm and at the Chelsea
                                                       Municipal Department 36             Flower Show in London.
                                                       (Inspection of Business Estab-
                                                       lishments, Electrical and Gas       Members of the embassies of Panama, Venezuela,
                                                       Equipment, Fire Prevention and      Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia participated in
                                                       Official Authorisation of Events)   the annual birthday celebration at the monument
                                                       participated in a meeting of the    to the liberator Simón Bolívar in Vienna’s Danube
                                                       International Electrotechnical      Park. Also in the Danube Park, a newly erected bust of
                                                       Commission in London which          Argentinian Ernesto “Che” Guevara was unveiled in
                                                       sets international standards for    October, and an event of the Austrian-Chilean Society
                                                       electrical equipment. Austria       was held at the monument to Salvador Allende.
                                                       voiced some objections and          Berlin, Nuremberg, Bratislava and Prague signed a
                                                       called for amendments which         memorandum of friendship in Prague. MA 42 hosted
                                                       were included in the draft as       visits by delegations from China, Tunisia, Russia,
                                                       national exceptions.                Slovakia and Slovenia.

                                                         The Parks and Gardens De-         A new waste incinerator (Pfaffenau) was opened
                                                         partment (MA 42), always a        by Municipal Department 48 (Waste Management,
        ”Viva Mexico” at the     popular contact point for international delegations,      Street Cleaning and Vehicle Fleet). Visitors from Zu-
        Hirschstetten Flower
           Gardens (MA 49)
                                 cooperated with foreign missions in Vienna and            rich, Munich, Hamburg and Naples toured the new
                                 presented itself at events abroad.                        plant, as did a 20-strong group of journalists from
                                 In the summer months, an exhibition entitled “Viva        Budapest. Waste incineration is not yet an established
                                 Mexico” showcased the typical flora of that Central       technology in Hungary because of public scepticism,
                                 American country at the Hirschstetten flower gardens.     and the media reports are intended to disperse these
                                 On the occasion of the European Football Champion-        fears. MA 48 also received delegations from Zurich,
                                 ship, the city of Basle presented a basilisk fountain     Budapest and Antwerp at its other facilities.
                                 to Vienna which was installed in Stadtpark, one of
          Night-time clean-up    Vienna’s central historical parks. The Czech city of      A visit by a business delegation to Tripolis, which was
       operation by MA 48 in
     the city centre Fan Zone    Olomouc, host of the annual international garden          organised by the Society for Austro-Arab Relations
                      (Votava)   show “Flora” since 1958, gave a medal to Vienna in        and the Austrian Economic Chamber, took place
                                                                                           in June. The Viennese delegation was led by City
                                                                                           Council Member Omar Al-Rawi. The programme of
                                                                                           the visit included an Austro-Libyan symposium on
                                                                                           the environment and renewable energy sources,
                                                                                           and MA 48 made proposals for improvements in
                                                                                           waste management in Tripolis. MA 48 staff visited
                                                                                           the “Love Parade” in the German city of Dortmund
                                                                                           to gather information for comparable clean-up
                                                                                           operations after major events in Vienna. At the
                                                                                           “Ecomondo” energy and ecology trade fair in Rimini,
                                                                                           MA 48 presented anti-pollution measures in waste
                                                                                           collection and recyclables sorting and separation.
                                                                                           A “Day of Communal Services of Public Interest”
                                                                                           was held in Munich where the various branches
                                                                                           of the municipal administration presented their



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activities around Marienplatz in the city centre. Vi-
enna’s Executive City Councillor for Environmental
Affairs, Ulli Sima, was invited to speak at the event
and gave a presentation on water supply and waste
management as services of public interest. MA 48
continued its exchanges with major cities in the
German-speaking region of Europe.

COST – European Cooperation in Science and
Technology – is an EU research initiative founded
to promote science and research through expert
cooperation. 22 countries signed a “Memorandum of
Understanding” whose objective is to develop basic
principles of management for winter services. MA 48
signed the Memorandum on behalf of Austria. The
International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) will
move from Copenhagen to Vienna in 2010. ISWA’s
main objective is the promotion of environmentally      Celebration in honour of the birthday of Liberator Simón Bolívar in the Danube Park with acting Chargé
sound waste management practices worldwide. ISWA        d’Affaires Dr. Iván Garcés Burbano, Ecuador, Ambassador Isabel Damien Karekides, Panama, Ambassador
                                                        Horacio Bazoberry, Bolivia, Ambassador Rosso José Serrano Cadena, Colombia, Ambassador Alí
has 1,200 members in 83 nations.                        De Jesús Uzcátegui, Venezuela, acting Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Miluska Caceres, Peru (left to right)
                                                                                                                                        (Embajada del Ecuador)
MA 48 participated in the work of an expert commit-     TINA Vienna. In addition to first-hand experience
tee on waste management and urban cleaning of the       of the National Park, the young people also received
Association of Austrian Cities and Towns. Among the     comprehensive environmental information.
issues discussed in 2008 were new national and EU
legislative provisions that impinge on waste man-       The City of Vienna’s winery (Weingut Cobenzl) of-
agement. MA 48 participated in the Vienna Days          fered its wines at balls in the Netherlands, in Karlovy
in Montenegro, during which a sweeping machine          Vary, Czech Republic, in Zurich and in Kraków.
was handed over in Ulcinj.

Municipal Department 49 (Forestry Office and Urban
Agriculture Unit) conducted numerous tours for
visitor groups from Asia, Africa, Latin America and
Europe, including visits to the mountain springs that
feed Vienna’s drinking water supply system. These
sources are located in strictly protected areas which
the City of Vienna owns in the provinces of Lower
Austria and Styria. The traditional Japanese Cherry
Blossom Festival was celebrated on the Danube
Island in the spring. The festivities were organised
by the Japanese embassy, the District Chairperson
of the district of Floridsdorf and MA 49. “Neighbour
Days for Schools und Neighbour Days for Families”
attracted 200 visitors from Slovakia and the Czech
Republic to the Lobau National Park Centre in Octo-
ber, and about 100 young people from the countries
of the Danube basin as well as 100 teenagers from
                                                        Roland Stark, President of the Great Council of Basle (2nd from left), City Councillor Ulli Sima, Mayor
other EU member and candidate states participated       Dr. Michael Häupl and Erich Hohenberger, Chairman of Vienna’s 3rd district, at the unveiling of the basilisk
in the Danube Teens Camp that was organised by          fountain, a present from the City of Basle, in Vienna’s historic Stadtpark (Votava)



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            Housing, Housing Construction and                         nection with current urban development projects,
            Urban Renewal                                             taking into account social and ecological aspects.
                                                                      The projects selected for the Austrian Pavilion also
            A book entitled “POSEIDON – eine europäische              reflected the relationship between architecture and
            Reise” (“POSEIDON – A European Journey”) was              housing construction. After the showing in Venice,
            published by the head of housing research in              the exhibition moved on to Milan.
            Municipal Department 50, Dr. Wolfgang Förster,
            and project coordinator Susanne Peutl, as the final       Vienna not only engages in new housing construction,
            product of the project POSEIDON whose aim was             it also pursues a policy of renovation and revitalisa-
            to develop innovative approaches and methods to           tion of old buildings. As is the case in many European
            achieve extensive improvements in socially disad-         cities, Vienna has a relatively high proportion of
            vantaged areas. The book was officially presented         19th-century buildings, a fact that poses a special
            by Dr. Michael Ludwig, Executive City Councillor          challenge for urban renewal. In Vienna, these build-
            for Housing. In addition to the contributors from         ings account for about one third of all residential
            Vienna, local authorities from Genoa, Amsterdam,          properties. In 2008, € 193m was invested in reha-
            Stockholm, North Kent and London-Haringey had             bilitation measures which benefited about 10,000
            joined in the project, which was co-financed by the       apartments. Vienna has developed a policy of “soft
            European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE)             urban renewal” that focuses on local inhabitants
            and INTERREG IIC East.                                    – an instrument of neighbourhood rehabilitation
                                                                      which many other cities regard as a good practice
            An exhibition was developed about housing con-            example. Under the auspices of City Councillor
            struction in Vienna (“Wiener Wohnbau. Innovativ.          Dr. Michael Ludwig, an international expert confer-
            Sozial. Ökologisch”) and inaugurated at the Venice        ence on “Future Rehabilitation Strategies” was held
            Architecture Biennale in September. Expanding on          in December. Likewise, housing construction and
            previous efforts to showcase the city’s achievements in   urban renewal were the central themes discussed
            the field, the exhibition covered the history of public   during a visit by a group of experts from Vilnius who
            and publicly subsidised housing in Vienna from its        visited Vienna at the invitation of one of the city’s
            earliest beginnings to the present day, presenting        non-profit housing development organisations.
            29 concrete examples of subsidised housing in con-
                                                                      In November, City Councillor Dr. Michael Ludwig
                                                                      was invited by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë,
                                                                      to present Vienna’s housing construction policy at
                                                                      a conference on “New Social Issues, New Territorial
                                                                      Challenges” that was held in the French capital in the
                                                                      context of France’s EU Presidency. The conference
                                                                      was organised by the European Liaison Committee
                                                                      for Social Housing (CECODHAS), the umbrella or-
                                                                      ganisation of about 45 regional and national housing
                                                                      federations in 19 EU member states, representing
                                                                      several thousand voluntary and cooperative social
                                                                      housing enterprises that provide over 21 million
                                                                      homes across the European Union.

                                                                      The Municipal Department for Urban Renewal and
                                                                      Assessment in Matters of Housing Construction and
                                                                      Promotion (MA 25) was invited on a study trip to

                                                                      Deputy Mayor Dr. Michael Ludwig at the presentation
                                                                      of POSEIDON, published by Susanne Peutl and
                                                                      Dr. Wolfgang Förster (MA 50) (from left) (Votava)



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Berlin with a focus on community work, work with
children and young people, integration, new forms of
living and new cooperative housing models, violence
and prevention of violence, conflict resolution and
mediation. At the initiative of the Area Renewal Offices
for Public Housing in the 14th, 15th and 16th districts,
the work of the Area Renewal Offices and Vienna’s
community work were presented in Oslo. The Area
Renewal Office for the 12th district received a delega-
tion from the Netherlands, and the 16th district Area
Renewal Office organised an international workshop
on urban renewal with students of architecture from
the EU’s Erasmus programme.

Municipal Department 37 (Building Inspection)
welcomed a delegation from Estonia whose visit was
organised by the Austrian Institute for Construction
Technology.
                                                           Deputy Mayor Dr. Michael Ludwig meets a delegation of housing experts from the Ministry of Environmental
As in previous years, a great number of international      Affairs of Lithuania. The group of Viennese representatives includes Michaela Troja, the managing director
                                                           of ”wohnfonds_wien” (1st row, 3rd from left), and her deputy, Dieter Groschopf (2nd row, 1st from right) and
visitors were welcomed by Municipal Department             City Council Member Karl-Heinz Hora (Votava)
50 (Housing Promotion and Arbitration Board for
Legal Housing Matters; MA 50). In all, 34 delegations      The wohnfonds_wien – fund for housing construction
from 16 countries learned about housing and urban          and urban renewal – presented successful rehabilita-
renewal policies and received information materials        tion projects of the City of Vienna to international
in German, English and French. MA 50 also main-            visitors, including delegations from Paris and
tained an extensive correspondence with foreign            Bratislava, as well as at various expert meetings and
municipal authorities and universities, as well as         conferences in other European countries.
international organisations and networks.

MA 50 staff presented Vienna’s housing policies at a       Auditing Department
number of international events, including an expert
meeting at the Politecnico di Milano and conferences       The Auditing Department maintained its contacts
on social housing policies in Belgrade and Prague. The     to other auditing institutions at the national and
implementation of so-called “passive house” technol-       international level. Auditing Department Director
ogy (i.e. buildings with no or extremely low energy        Dr. Erich Hechtner welcomed his counterparts
consumption), for which Vienna is internationally          from Paris, Brigitte Joseph-Jeanneney and Isabelle
known, continued to receive much attention, and pas-       Duchefdelaville. The visitors also participated in
sive house projects were presented at the “European        sessions of the Auditing Committee of Vienna City
Energy Week” in Brussels and at the English National       Council – a particularly interesting experience for
Housing Conference in Coventry.                            them because there is no parallel institution in
                                                           Paris. An auditor from Vienna was again sent on
MA 50 represented the Republic of Austria at the           an assignment to Paris. Contacts with Zagreb were
UNECE – Committee on Housing and Land Manage-              also continued with a meeting in Vienna which
ment, and acted as a member of the Committee’s             focused on the funding of cultural institutions, and
Bureau. In addition, it represented the City of Vienna     another one in the Croatian capital where discus-
as Lead Partner in the EUROCITIES Housing Working          sions revolved around the coordination of the work
Group and was a member of the steering group of            done by the various departments of municipal
the Social Affairs Forum.                                  administrations.



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                                    VIENNA REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES
                                    Vienna Representative Office Brussels /                   tion of clean and energy-efficient road transport
                                    Vienna House                                              vehicles, the third package of legislation on the
                                                                                              liberalisation of the European energy market, the
                                    The Vienna House in Brussels is home to the Repre-        Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) contained in the
                                    sentative Office of the City of Vienna and the Brussels   European Climate Change Programme, the revised
                                    field office of the Vienna Business Agency (VBA).         Directive on the energy performance of buildings
                                                                                              and the proposed amendment to the Directive on
                                    The activities of the Representative Office were          the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of
                                    largely concerned with the liberalisation plans of the    certain infrastructures (“Road Charging Directive”).
                                    European Commission (EC) in the field of “services        In the proposal for a Directive on the application of
                                    of general interest“, i.e. (hitherto) public services.    patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare the Repre-
                                    This issue, which is of paramount importance to cities    sentative Office was concerned by the clash between
                                    and municipalities, has been a dominant activity of       two opposing concepts – the internal market on the
                                    the Vienna House since 1998. Items on the agenda          one hand and the territorially delimited welfare state
                                    in 2008, besides the Services Directive (particularly     on the other – and the resultant conflict regarding
                                    detailed questions relating to its implementation)        the extent to which EU competition regulations are
                                    and the “Monti Package“ (which regulates state aid        applicable to healthcare services. Further key topics
                                    to providers of services of general interest), included   included the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion,
                                    reporting obligations for member states and regions       which aims to ensure greater account is taken of the
                                    and subsequently a number of revisions.                   territorial diversity within the EU, and the launch of a
                                                                                              fundamental debate on the future shape of cohesion
                                    The EC launched a renewed debate on the future of         policy from 2014 onwards following the end of the
                                    the internal market; one of the components of this        current programming period, plus proposals for a
                                    raft of documents was a Communication on Social           Regulation on the creation of a Common European
                                    Services of General Interest. Generally speaking,         Asylum System, the proposal for a Directive on im-
                                    the opinion of the European Commission is that the        plementing the principle of equal treatment between
                                    market principle should increasingly be applied in this   persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability,
                                    sector too, and/or in the field of health services. In    age or sexual orientation (“Anti-Discrimination Di-
                                    connection with the key issues of services of general     rective”), and, finally, the Communication on Green
                                    interest, health/social affairs, environment/transport,   Public Procurement.
                                    procurement law/state aid and the internal market
                                    there was a flurry of legislative activity at EU level    The activities of the Representative Office were rounded
                                    in the year under report. The following documents         off by reporting on the work of COTER (Commission
                                    were examined with regard to their relevance for          on Territorial Cohesion) and the Plenary Sessions
                                    Vienna: the proposal for a Directive on the promo-        of the CoR, as well as by participating in consulta-
                                                                                              tions of the European Parliament and the European
                                                                                              Commission. The extensive reporting activities
                                                                                              covered both general legal issues and specific ones
                                                                                              such as ECJ case law. In addition, the Representa-
                                                                                              tive Office was also involved in the “Public services
                                                                                              and procurement“ working group of the Council of
            Evening event at the                                                              European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and
     Vienna House in Brussels:                                                                the EUROCITIES working group “Governance”.
     Dr. Hannes Swoboda MEP
         (1st in 2nd row)/Head of
     the Delegation of Austrian                                                               The Vienna House as a platform for informative
       Social Democrats in the
                                                                                              and cultural activities is firmly established as a
           European Parliament
                  (VRO Brussels)                                                              prestigious meeting point, in particular for German-



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speaking EU officials in Brussels. Cultural evenings
were organised almost every month, including
two lectures as part of the “Wiener Vorlesungen”
series and presentations on various topics from
the worlds of music (Viennese Lieder, preview of
the Haydn anniversary year), literature (with the
Austrian writer Franzobel), cultural history (the
Venus of Willendorf and the Hallstatt Culture) and
art (Viennese painting from 1945 to the present).
The year’s major presentation, however, concerned
Vienna and Bratislava’s bid to act as joint host cities
for the administrative headquarters of the European
Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), held in
February 2008 and attended by Federal Minister
Dr. Johannes Hahn and Executive City Councillor
Rudolf Schicker. Incidentally, the EU member states
selected Budapest as the EIT headquarters in an            The remit of the Representative Office includes        Students from Modul
                                                                                                                  and the BBS in front of
unanimous vote in June.                                    the promotion of the MODUL University Vienna,          the Austria House at the
                                                           founded by the Vienna Economic Chamber in 2006.        Olympic Games in Beijing
The Vienna House was also the contact point for            This entailed introducing and presenting the in-       (VRO Hong Kong)

numerous groups of visitors (politicians, civil ser-       ternationally oriented, English-speaking, Viennese
vants, schools, universities).                             private university to public authorities and schools
                                                           in China and other countries in the region, as well
The Vienna Business Agency advocated the con-              as recruiting students.
cerns of Viennese enterprises in Brussels, in par-
ticular with respect to SME subsidies and research         The cooperation agreement between the MODUL
framework programmes, as well as promoting the             School of Tourism and the Beijing Business School
economic interests of the City of Vienna, e.g. by          (BBS), officially signed in autumn 2006, was
encouraging foreign enterprises to locate in the           continued in 2008.
Austrian capital.
                                                           In August, students from the BBS and MODUL jointly
                                                           provided the catering and hospitality arrangements
Vienna Representative Office China                         for visitors to the Austria House at the Summer
                                                           Olympics in Beijing. The students were trained for
The Representative Office is an official representa-       this task in the course of a culinary “Vienna Week”
tion of the City of Vienna and the Vienna Economic         held in the spring.
Chamber in the People’s Republic of China and the
Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and            The Vienna Economic Chamber and the City of Vienna
Macao. It also represents the Vienna Tourist Board         offer regular training courses for Chinese tourism
and the Vienna Business Agency (VBA).                      lecturers which are co-financed from the budget of
Its tasks were set forth in the partnership agreement      the Representative Office. These training courses
concluded between the City of Vienna and the Vienna        each last for approx. one month and familiarise
Economic Chamber in 1994 in the so-called “Agree-          some 20 to 30 Chinese teaching staff with the latest
ment on the establishment and rules of procedure of        developments in the tourism industry. Three to four
a Vienna Representative Office“ in China and defined       such seminars are held every year. In the year under
in a more target-oriented manner by the “Strategic         report over 1,300 Chinese businesspeople visited
Guidelines for Vienna” of 2007. The Office’s original      Vienna. Also among the visitors was the Hon. John
geographical remit was also extended to cover the          Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special
neighbouring countries.                                    Administrative Region.



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                                                                                                               the world in the People’s Republic of China. The
                                                                                                               Representative Office collected the corresponding
                                                                                                               award in Beijing in the spring.



                                                                                                               Vienna Representative Office Tokyo

                                                                                                               In September Michael Strasser took over the manage-
                                                                                                               ment of the Vienna Representative Office in Tokyo.
                                                                                                               The Office was set up in 1990 on the basis of a 50:50
                                                                                                               joint venture between the Vienna Economic Chamber
                                                                                                               and the City of Vienna, which primarily uses it as a
                                                                                                               platform for tourism marketing activities.

                                                                                                               The Representative Office participated as an exhibi-
                                                                                                               tor in the “20th Super Workshop” organised by the
                                                                                                               Austrian National Tourist Office in Tokyo, Nagoya and
                                                                                                               Osaka, where Austrian tourism providers informed
                                                                                                               tour operators and journalists about Vienna’s latest
     Handover of the Vienna Representative Office in Tokyo to Michael Strasser: former Head of Office Volker   attractions. In cooperation with the Austrian National
     Jaindl, Vienna Tourist Board Director Norbert Kettner, Brigitte Jank/President of the Vienna Economic     Tourist Office the Representative Office participated
     Chamber, Dr. Petra Stolba/Head of the Austrian National Tourist Office Tokyo, Ambassador Dr. Jutta
     Stefan-Bastl on the Austrian Embassy premises (VRO Tokyo)
                                                                                                               in the “JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel
                                                                                                               Fair“ in Tokyo. This annual event organised by the
                                   The Representative Office participated in 18 trade                          Japan Association of Travel Agents takes the form
                                   fairs/seminars/exhibitions and dealt with more than                         of a travel mart for tour operators combined with
                                   2,000 enquiries as a result. Particular highlights in-                      an international travel fair for the public; this year
                                   cluded the presence of WIEN PRODUCTS companies                              it featured some 980 exhibitors from 136 countries
                                   at the international luxury consumer goods fair in                          and regions. The Austrian stand showcased the the-
                                   Shanghai and the City of Vienna’s participation in                          matic foci “Creative Austria, Creative Vienna“ with
                                   the UNIDO Global Investment Promotion Forum                                 the Museum Quarter motif, “Haydn Anniversary
                                   in Nanning.                                                                 Year 2009“ and “Austria-Japan Year 2009“ and was
                                                                                                               visited by 109,000 potential clients.
                                   In 2008 the Representative Office again continued its
                                   tourism promotion activities at a total of 29 events. A                     The Vienna Tourist Board/Austrian Airlines (AUA)
                                   total of eight events were also organised to promote                        joint advertising campaign “Very Vienna – Traditional
                                   Vienna as a location for business.                                          & Modern Vienna“ was run in the leading dailies
                                                                                                               Asahi and Yomiuri (total circulation: 32.5 million),
                                   Media activities are an important part of the Rep-                          backed up by tie-in pages featuring information
                                   resentative Office’s work. In the Hong Kong and                             about Vienna in the tour operators’ brochures. The
                                   Chinese media – as far as data for the latter are                           campaign slogan: “This year it has to be Vienna!” As
                                   available – free coverage/reports on Vienna and                             part of a business cooperation between the Vienna
                                   WIEN PRODUCTS with an equivalent advertising                                Tourist Board and speciality tea producer Haas &
                                   value of around 3.7 million euros were published                            Haas an online campaign on Haas & Haas’ Japanese
                                   at the direct or indirect initiative of the Representa-                     website was linked to the Japanese website of the
                                   tive Office. The data for Hong Kong are based on a                          Vienna Tourist Board and visitors were given the
                                   survey and evaluation carried out by a professional                         chance to win a trip to Vienna, tickets for a concert
                                   agency. According to a reader survey carried out by                         by the Vienna Boys’ Choir in Tokyo and other prizes.
                                   the Chinese edition of National Geographic, Vienna                          The Representative Office also shared a stand at
                                   is among the most popular travel destinations in                            the “Blickfang 2008“ design fair in Tokyo with the



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Austrian National Tourist Office and AUA. The total       an audience of 16,000 spectators. The programme
number of visitors amounted to 76,500, chiefly            brochure featured a double-page colour advertorial
designers, architects and art students.                   on Vienna, while a promotional stand at the venue
                                                          ran a Vienna quiz with a trip to the Austrian capital
The Vienna Business Agency promoted Vienna as a           for the winner.
business location with the seminar “Doing Business
in the Heart of Europe“ in Hakone in the prefecture
of Kanagawa. The “Tableware Festival 2008“, a major       Compress Representative Offices in Central,
event with 344 exhibitors, was held in the Japanese       Eastern and South-East Europe
capital and featured a table-setting competition, an
exhibition of lacquerware, ceramics and porcelain         For twelve years now the communications agency
from Japan and abroad, and a sales display. The           Compress PR has been operating Representative
WIEN PRODUCTS exhibition featuring Augarten               Offices on behalf of the City of Vienna Press and
porcelain, Backhausen interior design, Friedrich Otto     Information Service (MA 53-PID) in eleven Central,
Schmidt home furnishings, J. & L. Lobmeyr crystal         Eastern and South-East European cities: Belgrade,
and chandeliers, Wiener Silberschmiede Werkstätte         Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Kraków,
silverware and Zur schwäbischen Jungfrau table            Moscow, Prague, Sarajevo, Sofia and Zagreb.
and bedlinen centred on the theme “Vienna World
Fair 1873, Traditional and Modern”. As the featured       For a long time now the Compress Representative
foreign import display it occupied pride of place         Offices have acted as reliable and respected contact
in the Tokyo Dome. The Vienna promotional films           partners for all activities involving the City of Vienna
“Vienna Collection“ and “UEFA EURO 2008TM“ were           in the target cities. Likewise, representatives of the
shown on a giant screen for the entire duration of        City of Vienna are supplied with targeted information
the ten-day event, which attracted a total of 287,000     about the latest goings-on throughout the region and
tableware specialists, journalists and interested         provided with assistance and advice when planning
members of the public.                                    business trips to the target cities. The Compress Of-
                                                          fices thus act as mediators and door-openers for joint
A further highlight was the WIEN PRODUCTS exhi-           activities and projects in Vienna and the target cities
bition “At home with … - Vienna ryu Omotenashi“,          alike. In 2008 they recorded a significant increase
likewise in Tokyo, which was organised in conjunction     in volume in all spheres of activity.
with the WIEN PRODUCTS Service Centre/Vienna
Economic Chamber and took the form of a product           The amount of media coverage saw another year-
presentation by the WIEN PRODUCTS Ambience/               on-year increase. Whereas 5,667 Vienna-themed
Top Tables cluster in an interior design emporium.        reports were published in 2007, the figure in 2008
Augarten, Backhausen, J. & L. Lobmeyr, Lichterloh         grew by approx. 15% to over 6,500. Coverage of
design, art & antiques and Wittmann furniture,            environmental matters was particularly worthy of
in cooperation with their Japanese retail partners,       mention with an increase of about 48% (i.e. from
displayed their distinctive top-quality Viennese          202 to over 300 reports in absolute terms), and also
products in four themed rooms: “At home with              notably education, youth matters and sport, with a
Franz Schubert“, “ At home with Josef Hofmann“,           rise of 522% (from 113 to 590 reports in absolute
“At home with Robert Menasse“ and “Viennese               terms). Each of the Compress target cities thus gen-
Café“. The exhibition was accompanied by a press          erated an average of approx. 1.6 clippings per day.
conference.                                               As a result, the City of Vienna enjoys overwhelmingly
                                                          positive press throughout the region.
The “Super Japan Cup Dance 2008”, the country’s
biggest ballroom dancing competition, attracted           In order to guarantee the city a constant positive
1,500 competing couples. As every year, the Mayor         presence, the Compress Representative Offices
of Vienna’s trophy was presented to the winners of        made over 51,000 media contacts in 2008 (50%
the Professional Standard class, this time in front of    increase). In addition, 46 delegations of journalists



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               Compress event
             in Belgrade: Miloš
            Bogunović/Head of
     Belgrade Office, Editor-in-
      Chief Rudolf Mathias/PID
        (centre, from left) (PID)

                                    were assisted in Vienna, 22 of which in connection      ship structures of the water supply and wastewater
                                    with promotional activities for UEFA EURO 2008TM        disposal utilities in the target cities was compiled
                                    alone, with 70 interviews conducted in this context.    on behalf of the Executive Group for Construction
                                    On the subject of UEFA EURO 2008TM dedicated press      and Technology.
                                    events with experts from Vienna were organised in
                                    all Compress target cities, resulting, among other      Assistance was rendered to numerous delegations
                                    things, in 1,083 published reports in connection        from the City of Vienna on visits to the target cities,
                                    with the European Football Championship. The            as well as to delegations from the target cities on
                                    angles covered ranged far beyond the sport aspect,      visits to Vienna. Activities in this respect ranged
                                    spanning the spectrum from health and social issues     from identifying the appropriate contacts, through
                                    to tourism and the environmental and economic           organisation of the respective project to follow-up and
                                    perspectives.                                           evaluation. In 2008 Compress assisted 74 delegations
                                                                                            visiting Vienna and 30 Viennese delegations visiting
                                    The Compress Representative Offices report to           the target cities in connection with various events.
                                    Vienna on breaking news and relevant goings-on          The latter included the mayors’ conference in
                                    in the target cities by means of daily City News bul-   Ljubljana to mark Slovenia’s EU Presidency, the City
                                    letins, which can be accessed at www.compresspr.        of Kraków’s celebrations to mark the 325th anniver-
                                    at. Reports on specific events or situations such as    sary of the relief of the Siege of Vienna and various
                                    municipal election forecasts or political crises are    events in connection with the Vienna-Bratislava Twin
                                    likewise researched on the spot by the exclusively      City Year. Alongside UEFA EURO 2008TM, the year’s
                                    local staff and forwarded to Vienna. In 2008, for       major event, the Compress Representative Offices
                                    instance, a survey of the year’s events and develop-    were involved in the organisation and publicity work
                                    ment trends in Bratislava in the fields of science &    for an array of other events including the Sarajevo
                                    research, business and infrastructure and an overview   Days in Vienna, the Future of Ageing symposium at
                                    of the joint projects underway between Vienna and       Vienna City Hall and the signing of the memoran-
                                    the network cities were produced at the request of      dum in favour of continued public sector provision
                                    the client MA 53-PID, while a study on the owner-       of water supply and wastewater disposal services.



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Several times a year Compress organises the “Hör-         features on integration and social issues. A further
biger Cultural Salon“ at the Villa Hörbiger, an event     focus is on Vienna’s relations with its neighbouring
initiated by the Austrian actor Maresa Hörbiger           cities and states. The “City Netting” section provides
that has meanwhile become a permanent fixture in          key data on eleven states, while the “Vienna Facts
Vienna’s cultural calendar. Each year the Cultural        & Figures” module offers an overview of topics con-
Salon focuses on a particular country, which in           cerning the City of Vienna in 13 different languages.
2008 was Slovakia. Evening events organised by            Separate link lists from all the Compress countries
the Compress offices in the year under report put         provide supplementary information, while the
the spotlight on Viennese cuisine, Viennese music         comprehensive events calendar enables itineraries
and contemporary Viennese video art. These get-           for the various cities to be put together at the click
togethers give the Compress Representative Offices        of a mouse. The slide show “wieninternational.at
greater weight in the target countries and forge links    in pictures“ gives a photographic take on various
between local VIPs and both the Compress Offices          themes. 155 editions of the magazine containing
and the City of Vienna. Local decision-makers and         1,500 articles have been published since its launch
opinion-shapers were invited to small, select events      in 2005. After 2007‘s threefold year-on-year increase
in all eleven target cities.                              to some 10,389,000, the number of hits recorded in
                                                          2008 reached around 17 million.
Vienna presentation packs in the respective national
languages were distributed at the numerous events         “Enjoy Vienna” has enjoyed an excellent position
held throughout the year. The business lobbying           on the free newspaper market for decades. An in-
activities were also continued, with particular focus     coming magazine exclusively distributed at Vienna
being placed on companies that are fully or partly        International Airport – where 70,000 copies are
owned by the City of Vienna. In this connection Com-      personally handed out to incoming passengers
press compiled reports for Viennese companies on          every month – and direct-mailed to 10,000 selected
planned investments in the energy and infrastructure      VIP recipients from the worlds of politics, business
sector in Eastern Europe. Compress also lobbied the       and culture in Austria and abroad with the focus on
pertinent decision-makers on behalf of the Viennese       South-East Europe, “Enjoy Vienna” guarantees the
companies and organised a large number of visits          visitor’s initial contact with Vienna. The magazine is
by foreign delegations to Vienna and by Viennese          also available in high-class hotels and various tourist
delegations to the relevant target cities. Viennese       establishments such as museums, info points, etc.         Enjoy Vienna
businesses also benefit from the Compress service,        In terms of content, “Enjoy
with relevant calls for tender in the field of local      Vienna” turns a monthly
authority services and infrastructure in the target       spotlight on the city’s cultural
cities being accessible via the Compress PR website       and tourist hotspots. It has
at www.compresspr.at. In 2008 the number of such          a monthly circulation of
calls for tender published on the website almost          115,000 copies and is like-
doubled, from approx. 1,500 to some 3,000.                wise published in German
                                                          and English. The successful
The international online magazine www.wieninter-          combination of print and
national.at is published every Thursday in German         online – “Enjoy Vienna” and
and English and features political assessments            www.wieninternational.at
ahead of elections and background reports on cur-         – triggers multiplier effects
rent developments in eleven Central and South-East        and is thus particularly
European states and the EU. Correspondents from           effective at positioning
eleven countries supply the latest news, with the         Vienna in a positive light.
focus on politics but also covering business, culture,    The resulting cross-media
the media and science. The coverage also ventures         impact is substantial and
outside the mainstream with pieces such as the            extends far beyond the
series on unusual district museums in Vienna or           Austrian borders.



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           VIENNA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
           Recent developments of importance                         Implementation of the Energy Performance
           for Vienna                                                of Buildings Directive
                                                                     Vienna fully implemented Directive 2002/91/EC of
           The implementation of the Services Directive              the European Parliament and of the Council on the
           Austria’s federal provinces hold a common viewpoint       energy performance of buildings by amending the
           with regard to the establishment of the single contact    building code and the Vienna fire authority and
           points. With respect to the issue of local competences,   clean air legislation.
           Vorarlberg, Burgenland and Vienna share the view
           of the Federal Chancellery’s Constitutional Service       Services of general interest
           envisaging the establishment of a competence area         A controversial discussion was conducted on the
           encompassing all of Austria. A screening process was      European Commission’s draft directive on patients’
           carried out subject to the assumption that building       rights in cross-border healthcare. The City of Vienna
           and construction legislation does not fall under the      contributed expert papers dealing with basic primary
           purview of the Directive. However, the results of the     and secondary legislation on healthcare and the pos-
           federal government’s screening of national legisla-       sible impacts of the Treaty of Lisbon on services of
           tion with a view to further relevant laws were not        general interest. The possibility to file amendment
           yet available. They may possibly also affect the City     applications with the competent committee of the
           of Vienna (in particular with regard to trade, com-       European Parliament created the opportunity to
           merce and industry regulation legislation), meaning       address concerns held by Vienna and incorporate
           that further revision requirements may arise in the       them in the Parliament’s draft report.
           respective legal areas.
                                                                     Paris hosted the General Meeting of the Network of
                                                                     European Elected Representatives for Local Services
                                                                     of general interest (NEELS). Vienna was represented
                                                                     by the City Council members Dr. Kurt Stürzenbecher
                                                                     and Peter Juznic. Under NEELS new, the network was
                                                                     more closely integrated into the European Centre of
                                                                     Enterprises with Public Participation and Enterprises
                                                                     of General Economic Interest (CEEP).

                                                                     Treaty of Lisbon
                                                                     As regards the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, Ireland
                                                                     declared its readiness to hold a second referendum
                                                                     in 2009 provided the key concerns of the Irish elec-
                                                                     torate were taken into account and the number of
                                                                     Commissioners would not be reduced.

                                                                     For further information please refer to the separate
                                                                     » Report on European activities of the Subgroup
                                                                     for Constitutional Matters and EU Affairs of the
                                                                     Executive Group for Legal Affairs.


                                                                     2008 Annual Meeting of the Slovakia-Austria cross-border programme
                                                                     2007-2013 “Creating the future – the future of cross-border coop-
                                                                     eration” in December at Vienna City Hall: Martin Hutter/MA 27, Genia
                                                                     Ortis/ Slovakia-Austria programme (SK-A) Vienna, City Councillor Rudolf
                                                                     Schicker, Andrea Kostolná/SK-A Bratislava, Bernhard Schausberger/SK-A
                                                                     Vienna, Martin Hura/SK-A Bratislava (from left) (Schaub-Walzer)



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The EU Relations Commission                             118 projects were implemented, of which 57 were
of the City Council                                     with Slovakia, 31 with Hungary and 30 with the
                                                        Czech Republic. The work focus in 2008 was on the
The EU Relations Commission has 14 members.             final settlement of accounts and subsequent EFRD
It deals with important resolutions and issues at       (European Fund for Regional Development) dis-
EU level and thus communicates Vienna’s policy          bursements for the individual projects. Besides the
positions both internally and externally. The work      objective of finalising all projects by the end of the
focus was once again on services of general inter-      year and effecting the transfer of the EFRD funds,
est. In May the Commission undertook a field study      efforts focused on ensuring maximum utilisation of
excursion to Dublin.                                    the funds available under individual programmes:

                                                                      Budget data*        Utilisation of EFRD funds
The chair was held by City Council and Provincial
                                                         AT-SK          11,948,544           9,530,396           80 %
Parliament Member Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch. She
                                                         AT-CZ              6,581,000        4,542,444           69 %
represented Vienna in the CoR Commission for
                                                         AT-HU              7,825,688        5,942,560           76 %
Culture, Education and Research (EDUC), which
convened for a seminar in Compiègne, a town in           Total          26,355,232         20,015,400            75 %

the French Picardie region where, in a railway car-      *As of 8 Jan. 2009 (Source ERP Fund)

riage, the allies signed the armistice treaty that
ended World War I in November 1918. Within the          OBJECTIVE III EUROPEAN TERRIORIAL
framework of the Structured Dialogue, Dr. Elisabeth     COOPERATION (ETC)
Vitouch, on behalf of EUROCITIES, met with the          In the programme period up to 2013 Vienna will
Commissioner for Regional Policy, Prof. Danuta          participate in the programmes involving the three
Hübner, for talks focussing on the “5th Progress        neighbouring states; the volume of EFRD funds made
Report on Social and Economic Cohesion”. In Paris       available in the new programme period was raised
Dr. Vitouch met up with actress Jean Moreau for a       to 41.9 million euros in absolute terms. In addition,
discussion of European cinema.                          the EFRD assistance ratio was lifted from 50% to a
                                                        maximum of 85%. The percentage of cross-border
City Council Member Dr. Vitouch represented Mayor       project funds to be made available from national
Dr. Michael Häupl at the 325th celebration of the re-   public sources will thus decrease to 15%.
lief of Vienna in Kraków and at the Euro-Arab Cities
                                                                              EU assistance programmes Objective 3 ETC 2007-2013
Forum in Dubai.
                                                                                  Programme volume                              Vienna’s share
                                                                               EFRD                total                 EFRE                    total
                                                         AT-SK               59,906,355          73,438,143           18,906,355            23,176,967
EU assistance and programmes
                                                         AT-CZ              107,435,393         126,394,580             9,891,513            11,637,074
                                                         AT-HU               82,280,309         100,864,432             13,147,762          15,119,926
The Municipal Department for EU Strategy and
                                                         Total              249,622,057         300,697,155           41,945,630            49,933,967
Economic Development (MA 27) acts as Managing
                                                         EFRD ratio 85:15
Authority for the three international EU programmes
INTERREG IIIC East 2000-2006, CENTRAL EUROPE            The programme start was scheduled for March 2008.
2007-2013 and Austria-Slovakia 2007-2013. MA 27         For the Province of Vienna 20 projects involving a
also acted as regional programme coordination office    total of 8.2 million euros of EFRD funds were in the
for three bilateral programmes of the 2007–2013         pipeline for approval. This amount corresponds to
programme period: Objective 3 European Territorial      more than 20% of EFRD funds earmarked for Vienna
Cooperation (ETC) Austria-Slovakia, Austria-Czech       for the current programme period. The trend towards
Republic, Austria-Hungary.                              speedy forward commitment of funds is expected to
                                                        continue next year. The successor projects defined
INTERREG IIIA                                           as pilot projects by the City of Vienna have already
The end of 2008 witnessed the conclusion of the         been approved and have entered the implementa-
activities of the 2000-2006 programme period.           tion phase:



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     Project                                   Project partners                                          Approved EFRD funds for Vienna   Assistance programme
     Supra-regional Employment Initiative      Vienna Employment Promotion Fund (WAFF)                                 € 850,000                 SK-AT
     Skilled Labour Monitoring                 Paul Lazarsfeld Gesellschaft in cooperation with the                    € 405,000                 SK-AT
                                               Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)
     Education Twinning EdTWIN                 Vienna Board of Education in cooperation with Viennese                  € 400,000                SK-AT,
                                               primary and secondary schools                                           € 400,000                AT-HU,
                                                                                                                       € 410,000                AT-CZ
     AC CENTROPE                               Vienna Region GmbH in cooperation with VBA                              € 498,000                 SK-AT
                                               (Automotive Cluster)
     Automotive MBA                            Vienna Region GmbH in cooperation with Vienna Univer-                   € 706,000                 SK-AT
                                               sity of Technology and VBA (Automotive Cluster)
     MOBIL                                     Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft in cooperation with the                   € 914,000                 SK-AT
                                               Vienna Medical University
     Soil protection                           Bioforschung Austria (MA 49)                                            € 370,000                 AT-CZ
     Regionfemme                               Vienna Economic Chamber                                                 € 170,000                 SK-AT



                                 OBJECTIVE III NEW – TRANSNATIONAL COOPERATION                          indicating strategies and methods to control soil
                                 CENTRAL EUROPE                                                         consumption in urban planning practice in Central
                                 In the new programme period up to 2013 Austria                         Europe. Beside the Vienna Municipal Department for
                                 is represented in the northern cooperation area of                     Environmental protection (MA 22), project partners
                                 Central Europe and in South East Europe. A total of 24                 include environmental institutions of the cities of
                                 million euros of EU programme funds are available for                  Stuttgart, Łódź, Milan, Turin and Celje (Slovenia)
                                 Austrian project participation. MA 27 is the Managing                  as well as Slovakia and Germany.
                                 Authority of the transnational CENTRAL EUROPE
                                 programme with a total programme budget of 300                         INTERACT Point MTEC (Managing Transition and
                                 million euros. It is supported by a Joint Technical Sec-               External Cooperation)
                                 retariat with a staff of 12 persons. Approved projects                 The MTEC project was extended and successfully
                                 among others included “CENTROPE Capacity”, lead                        concluded in June. Within the scope of this project
                                 partnered by the Press and Information Service PID,                    about 20 conferences, workshops, consultation
                                 and the “SoNorA” transport project (MA 18). All in                     meetings and seminars were held in support of the
                                 all, 29 projects involving an EFRD funding volume                      programme management bodies of the European
                                 of some 65 million euros have been approved and                        Territorial Cooperation programmes in the period
                                 the corresponding funding contracts issued.                            2007-2013.

                                 Urban SMS – Urban Soil Management Strategy                             DonauHanse
                                 This programme focuses on the implementation                           Characterised by activities focussed on preparing
                                 of soil protection concepts in construction project                    the way for taking in new members and entering
                                 planning in inner urban areas. Vienna will be one                      strategic partnerships, as well as participating in
                                 of five Central European cities commissioned to                        conferences, 2008 marked the start of a new phase
                                 examine an inner city pilot project with regard to                     for the network of cities. DonauHanse took part in
                                 the usefulness and practicability of the measures                      the “Project Management” seminar in Odessa.
                                 proposed. An innovative soil management strategy
                                 for European municipalities is to provide the tool for                 DAPHNE II
                                 modelling scenarios of soil consumption by construc-                   The Municipal Department for the Promotion and
                                 tion projects taking into account soil quality and                     Coordination of Women’s Issues (MA 57) hosted a
                                 quantity features in the municipal planning and                        conference at Vienna City Hall within the scope of
                                 evaluation process. This is to create the basis for                    the Daphne “Action against forced marriages” project.
                                 sustainable soil consumption planning and manage-                      Partners in this project are Hamburg, Amsterdam,
                                 ment. The Urban SMS will be a ready-to-use product                     Geralfingen (Switzerland), Istanbul, London, Stock-
                                 for municipalities in the whole programme area,                        holm and Utrecht. The focus of the conference,



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which convened more than 200 delegates, was on             from the respective administrative
best practice examples. MA 57 further co-financed          departments, the project teams
the “Breaking the Taboo – Empowering health pro-           of the partner cities Rotterdam,
fessionals to combat violence against older women          Budapest, Leeds, Malmö, Munich,
with families” project. The Austrian Red Cross also        Newcastle, Oslo and Vienna each
organised a conference on this topic. Experts from the     comprised an NGO and a scientific
Vienna Social Fund participated in this project.           institution. The partners conducted
                                                           mutual peer reviews on topics such
The City of Vienna’s Anti-Discrimination Unit for          as anti-discrimination, young people
Same-Sex Lifestyles (WASt) pursued projects within         exhibiting challenging behaviour, assisted living, etc.   The Donau Auen National
                                                                                                                     Park and European pro-
the scope of Daphne II. These included “Lesbian per-       Vienna participated in the project with supervised        tected area (MA 22)
petrators of domestic violence in same-sex partner-        housing projects (permanent accommodation).
ships” in cooperation with associations in Germany
and Belgium as well as the London Metropolitan             The “Inclusive Cities for Europe” project is an initia-
Police. A “Manual for working with lesbian women           tive launched in connection with the Social Agenda
exerting violence and abuse in their partnership”          and the EU’s Lisbon Strategy. The thematic focus
was elaborated and published on CD-ROM. The ob-            was on issues such as demographic change and its
jective of this project is to break the taboo that still   impacts on the provision of health and social services.
exists on the topic of “domestic violence in lesbian       Studies and peer reviews were carried out with par-
partnerships” and to enhance awareness among               ticipation by the Vienna Social Fund, among others.
persons working in the field of domestic violence          One of the brochures deals with urban strategies
and same-sex lifestyles. A project partnership with        against homelessness.
partner organisations in Bologna, Madrid and Warsaw
under the EU “Schoolmates“ project investigated            TAQI – Transnational Air Quality Improvement
homophobic bullying in schools. The results were           This INTERREG IIIB programme aims at improving
summarised in brochures addressed at affected              air quality in Central Europe. A final convention of
teachers, adolescent pupils and school workers.            the participating regions was held in Stockerau in
                                                           March.
NATURA 2000
The goal of NATURA 2000 is to protect wild flora and       URBAN and URBACT
fauna and natural habitats. The programme is based         The 44th URBAN network meeting was held in
on Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation         Berlin. Representatives of the European Commis-
of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora and on        sion’s Regional Policy DG reported on the Green
Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation           Paper on Territorial Cohesion and on the status of
of wild birds. In Austria, nature conservation comes       the preparations for the programme period after
under the jurisdiction of the federal provinces. MA        2013. The URBACT Annual Conference was held
22 is the body responsible for the implementation of       in Montpellier and provided a platform for active
nature conservation policies in Vienna. The “Work-         exchange of information on project implementa-
ing Group of the federal provinces on international        tion issues among representatives from more than
nature protection issues” was set up as a consultative     220 cities. The City of Vienna was represented with
body to ensure a uniform approach by the federal           two projects: MA 18’s OPENCities project (aimed
provinces with regard to NATURA 2000 and other             at making cities more attractive for international
international nature conservation issues.                  migrants) and the REDIS project managed by MA
                                                           21B (focusing on experiences in establishing loca-
PROGRESS                                                   tions for scientific facilities).
The Vienna Social Fund participated in the “Con-
nections” project, the key issue being to improve          The European Commission appointed Richard Kühnel
practical social inclusion of persons faced with mul-      as its new Head of Representation in Austria.
tiple disadvantages. Besides expert social workers



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     International guests at Vienna City Hall


                                                                         INTERNATIONAL GUESTS
                                                                         AT VIENNA CITY HALL




                                                                         President Gurbanguly M.
                                                                         Berdimuhammedov/ Turkmenistan signs his name in the
                                                                         Golden Book (Schaub-Walzer)

            International guests received by the Mayor

            16 January    Abbès Mohsen,                     10 June              Roland Stark, Speaker of the Can-
                          Mayor of Tunis                                         tonal Parliament of Basle-City
            24 January    Yuri M. Luzkhov,                  12 June              Jacek Majchrowski,
                          Lord Mayor of Moscow                                   Mayor of Kraków
            31 January    Elmar Ledergerber,                16 June              Klaus Wowereit,
                          Mayor of Zurich                                        acting Mayor of Berlin
                          Alexander Tschäppat,              20 June              Kadir Topbaş,
                          Mayor of Berne                                         Mayor of Istanbul
                          Guy Morin, President of                                Melih Gökçek,
                          the Canton of Basle-City                               Mayor of Ankara
            6 February    Takhisa Matsubara,                                     Milan Bandić,
                          Mayor of Nagoya                                        Mayor of Zagreb
            3 April       Anthony Kennedy Shriver           24 June              Gwen Ramokgopa,
            14 April      Fahd Bin Abdullah al-Sammari,                          Mayor of Pretoria
                          Secretary-General of the King     29 June              Klaus Wowereit,
                          Abdul Aziz Foundation                                  acting Mayor of Berlin
            21 April      Semiha Borovac,                                        Andrej Ďurkovský,
                          Mayor of Sarajevo                                      Lord Mayor of Bratislava
            14 May        Joachim Herold,                   7 July               Viktor Tolokonsky, Governor of
                          CEO of Air Berlin                                      Novosibirsk Oblast
            3 June        Anders Knape,                     9 September          Opening of the International
                          First Vice-President of CEMR                           Water Congress
                          Jeremy Smith, Secretary-General   3 October            Shukri Muhammad Ghanem,
                          of CEMR                                                Oil Minister of Libya
            8 June        Milan Bandić,                     8 October            Karen Koning AbuZayd,
                          Mayor of Zagreb                                        UNRWA
                          Zoran Janković,                   17 October           Yuri M. Luzkhov,
                          Mayor of Ljubljana                                     Lord Mayor of Moscow



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                          International guests at Vienna City Hall


22 October    Karl-Heinz Lambertz,
              Minister-President of the
              German-speaking Community of
              Belgium
24 October    The 105 Club Austria,
              Royal Military Police
6 November    Opening of CEMR conference
              “South-East Europe – Meeting
              the Challenges”
8 November    Vaclav Havel and other guests on
              the occasion of the obsequies for
              Dr. Helmut Zilk
20 November   Jiři Paroubek,
              Chairman of the Czech Social
              Democratic Party (ČSSD)
10 December   Opening of Dialogue Forum
              on Urban and Environmental          Speakers of the Vienna Provincial                                           Speaker of the Vienna
              Technologies                                                                                                    Provincial Parliament
                                                  Parliament                                                                  Prof. Harry Kopietz
                                                                                                                              (6 th from left) with
                                                                                                                              Palestinian Foreign
Entries in the City of Vienna’s Golden Book       On 29 October, Professor Harry Kopietz was elected
                                                                                                                              Minister Riyad Al-Malki
                                                  Speaker of the Vienna Provincial Parliament, suc-                           to his right, Palestinian
2 June        Nguyen Minh Triet,                  ceeding Johann Hatzl who had held the office since                          Ambassador Dr. Zuheir
                                                                                                                              Elwazer (centre front) and
              President of the Socialist          2001. In November he received a Palestinian delega-                         Ambassador Dr. Ernst-
              Republic of Vietnam                 tion headed by Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, who                         Peter Brezovszky/Federal
                                                                                                                              Ministry for European and
3 July        Dr. Karolos Papoulias,              underlined the special significance of Austria and                          International Affairs (2nd
              President of the Hellenic           the role played by former Austrian Chancellor Bruno                         from left) (media wien)

              Republic                            Kreisky as a mediator in the Middle East conflict. A
                                                  multilateral conference of PLO ambassadors was
18 November   Gurbanguly Mälikgulyýewiç
                                                  held in Vienna. In December, the Deputy Chairman
              Berdimuhammedov,
                                                  of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress
              President of Turkmenistan
                                                  of Beijing Municipality, Liu Xiaochen, visited Vienna
                                                  with a delegation of waste disposal operators and
                                                  was received by Prof. Kopietz. A group of Tunisian
                                                  and Greek tourism professionals visited the Speaker
                                                  of the Provincial Parliament in preparation for trips
                                                  to their countries by the Association of Austrian
                                                  Pensioners.

                                                  A delegation headed by the Speaker of the Cantonal
                                                  Assembly of Sarajevo, Dr. Denis Zvicdić, was received
                                                  by the Deputy Speaker of the Vienna Provincial
                                                  Parliament, Prof. Erika Stubenvoll. The Canton of
                                                  Sarajevo expressed its interest in further coopera-
                                                  tion in the fields of constitutional affairs, financial
                                                  administration, education and health.


                                                  Deputy Speaker of the Vienna Provincial Parliament Prof. Erika Stubenvoll
                                                  with Mayor Mykola Fedoruk in Chernivtsi (Edith Höfner)



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     Visits abroad by the Mayor




     Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl presents medical equipment to the hospital in Radauti in southern Bukovina,   Paris (istock)
     Romania (Private collection)


                                     VISITS ABROAD BY THE MAYOR
                                     29 January                 Brno                                             5 – 7 June         Moscow
                                                                Acceptance of the City of                                           Opening of the Viennese
                                                                Brno Prize for International                                        Ball at the invitation of Lord
                                                                Relations presented by Lord                                         Mayor Yuri M. Luzkhov
                                                                Mayor Roman Onderka
                                                                                                                 13 – 14 November   Munich
                                     7 April                    Radauti, Romania                                                    Visit to the Technical Univer-
                                                                Presentation of a donation                                          sity of Munich and meeting
                                                                of medical equipment to the                                         with Lord Mayor Christian
                                                                hospital                                                            Ude

                                     11 – 12 April              Chisinau and Pirita,                             28 – 30 November Prague
                                                                Moldova                                                           Opening of the Viennese
                                                                Visit to the “Children’s                                          Ball at the invitation of Lord
                                                                Village” project supported                                        Mayor Pavel Bém
                                                                by the City of Vienna
                                                                                                                 7 – 9 December     Paris
                                     8 May                      Ljubljana                                                           CEMR Policy Committee
                                                                UCUE conference                                                     meeting

                                     16 May                     Bratislava
                                                                Maiden voyage of the
                                                                second Twin City Liner

     Ljubljana (istock)                                                                 Prague (istock)




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                                                     International organisations


INTERNATIONAL
ORGANISATIONS
The United Nations

The “Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking“,
held in February, was attended by over 1,000 del-
egates from international and non-governmental
organisations, governments and academic institu-
tions, business and the entertainment industry. The
Forum was convened as part of the United Nations
Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.
GIFT). The City of Vienna invited the participants
to a screening of the award-winning film “Trade” at
the Gartenbau cinema, while on Heldenplatz the
open-air installation “The Journey“ allowed the public
to engage in an interactive experience with human
trafficking. Furthermore, the fight against human
trafficking was also one of the priorities of the City    the students were presented with certificates by the    Uniting for Peace:
                                                                                                                  Prof. Linda Berisaj/
of Vienna’s international aid activities.                 Chair of the City Council’s EU Relations Commission,
                                                                                                                  Embassy of Montenegro,
                                                          Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch, in the presence of representa-   Iva Hraste Soco/Embassy
In July, Vienna International Centre hosted the           tives of the embassies of their home countries. The     of Croatia, Ambassador
                                                                                                                  Tomislav Limov (in office
“Beyond 2008” global forum of NGOs engaged in             official programme was supplemented by a series         until 2008)/ Bosnia
activities relating to the United Nations International   of informal cultural activities.                        and Herzegovina,
                                                                                                                  Vladimir Novaković/
Drug Control Programme. The results of their con-                                                                 Embassy of Serbia,
sultations will be incorporated in the future UN          The year under review marked the 60th anniversary       Ambassador Dr. Vesna
drug strategy. During a reception at Vienna City          of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which     Borozan/ Macedonia,
                                                                                                                  City Council Member
Hall, City Council Member Kurt Wagner also un-            was adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations        Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch,
derlined the importance of NGOs in implementing           General Assembly in 1948 and is seen as the basis       acting Chargé d’Affaires
                                                                                                                  Tatjana Kovacic/Embassy
the Vienna Drug Policy Programme. It is also worth        of international humanitarian law. To mark the          of Slovenia, Director of
mentioning in this context that the UN Civil Society      occasion the City of Vienna hosted a reception at       International Relations
                                                                                                                  Dr. Oskar Wawra (1st
Award for 2005 was presented to an initiative for         Vienna International Centre. A symposium of the
                                                                                                                  row, from left), organ-
street children in Bogotá set up by Yolanda Pulecio       Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship         iser Regina Wiala-Zimm/
de Betancourt.                                            with the United Nations (CONGO) also took place.        MD-AB (2nd row, left)
                                                                                                                  (media wien)
                                                          CONGO’s aim is to facilitate NGO participation in
At the invitation of the Mayor of Vienna 60 students
from Belgrade, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Sarajevo,
Skopje and Zagreb came to Vienna on the occasion
of the United Nations International Day of Peace on
21 September under the keynote theme “Uniting
for Peace“. The four-day Student Forum was jointly
organised by the City of Vienna and the United Na-
tions Information Service (UNIS). The programme
kicked off with a colourful youth peace festival in                                                               60 th anniversary of the
                                                                                                                  Universal Declaration of
the Museum Quarter, followed by guided tours and                                                                  Human Rights: President
workshops at the United Nations, the Siemens Forum,                                                               Levi Bautista/CONGO,
                                                                                                                  City Council Member
the Diplomatic Academy, the Modul University on                                                                   Nicole Krotsch (Lilly
Kahlenberg and the OSCE. To round off their visit,                                                                Gundacker)



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                                                                                            Vienna Service Office

                                                                                            The Vienna Service Office (VSO) at Vienna International
                                                                                            Centre has been in operation for 21 years. Since its
                                                                                            inception it has helped many thousands of people
                                                                                            during their stay in Vienna by providing advisory
                                                                                            services on various aspects of life in the city, as well
                                                                                            as organising an ongoing programme of excursions,
                                                                                            events and language courses.

                                                                                            In the year under review trips were organised to
                                                                                            the Spittelau waste incineration plant, the Cobenzl
                                                                                            winery, the Hermes Villa, the Hirschstetten flower
                                                                                            gardens and the mediaeval exhibition at the Vienna
                                                                                            City Archives. At two “Hospitality Afternoons“
                                                                                            held in the first half of the year the VSO supplied
      Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl     United Nations negotiations and decision-making. The      information on UEFA EURO 2008TM, while in the
        delivers an address to
                                  UNESCO Club Vienna unveiled a rap song designed           autumn Municipal Department 48 answered queries
     mark the official handover
      of Conference Hall M at     to arouse the interest of the younger generation in       on waste separation and waste prevention. At the
      the Vienna International    the subject of human rights.                              end of the year the Municipal Department of Parks
                 Centre (IAEO)
                                                                                            and Gardens presented a Christmas tree decorated
                                  The City of Vienna’s photo exhibition “Vienna and         in traditional rustic style to the staff of the United
                                  the Vienna International Centre“, plus additional         Nations at Vienna International Centre.
                                  information about the congress centre, Conference
                                                        Hall M and the Danube City          Christmas tree in the foyer of the Vienna International Centre (Ines Fohringer)
                                                        was shown in English and
                                                        French at the UN headquarters
                                                        in Geneva.

                                                        The “Vienna City Welcomes”
                                                        comprise a coach tour of the city
                                                        and a guided tour of the City
                                                        Hall followed by informative
                                                        talks and are designed to help
                                                        new staff of the international
                                                        organisations as they start
                                                        their stay in Vienna; three
                                                        were organised in 2008. Ger-
                                                        man courses and excursions
                                                        were offered to members of
                                                        Vienna’s French-speaking
                                                        Friendship Association. In
                                                        April the American Women’s
                                                        Association of Vienna pre-
                                                        sented the new edition of its
           Photo exhibition in    handbook “Living in Vienna” at Vienna City Hall,
      Geneva (W. Zyszkowski)
                                  and in December the United Nations Women’s Guild
                                  organised its annual bazaar, the proceeds of which
                                  went to children’s aid projects.



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INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE
AND AID MEASURES
The city of Vienna’s foreign aid programme in
2008 comprised subsidies for non-governmental
organisations, support for international aid transports,
rent subsidies for embassies and public awareness-
raising measures.

In October, Executive City Councillor for Integration
and Women’s Issues Sandra Frauenberger officially
opened the conference “Half of the Sky: Gender
Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Development
Cooperation“, which was co-organised by the City
of Vienna and the NGO “Südwind” and presented                              primary school in the Derra region in the rugged        Presentation of a Wiener
projects under way in Moldova, Afghanistan and                             highlands of Ethiopia.                                  Linien bus: Johann
                                                                                                                                   Richter/Wiener Linien,
Kosovo. Almaz Böhm reported on the work of the                                                                                     Dr. Marius Calligaris/
NGO “Menschen für Menschen“ set up by her hus-                             The Vienna-sponsored children’s playground in           Ambassador to Armenia/
                                                                                                                                   Federal Ministry for
band, Austrian former actor Karlheinz Böhm, who                            Chernivtsi, Ukraine, was refurbished and an ultra-      European and
was presented with the City of Vienna’s Medal of                           sound device was purchased for the city’s children’s    International Affairs,
Honour in Gold for his life’s work by Deputy Mayor                         hospital. Housing units were built for the Roma         Ambassador Dr. Ashot
                                                                                                                                   Hovakimian/Armenia,
Renate Brauner.                                                            ethnic group in Kjustendil, Bulgaria.                   City Council Member Fritz
                                                                                                                                   Ekkamp (Christian
                                                                                                                                   Anderle)
City Council Member Fritz Ekkamp presented the Ar-                         Support was given to aid transports to the following
menian Ambassador to Austria, Dr. Ashot Hovakimian,                        countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana,
with a liquid gas-powered bus from Vienna’s public                         Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, the Democratic
transport company Wiener Linien that will be used                          People’s Republic of Korea, Romania, Senegal, Serbia,
to provide school bus services in Vanadzor. Vanadzor                       Slovakia, Togo, Uganda and Ukraine.
has a population of some 100,000 and is Armenia’s
third-largest city. Ambulances were handed over to                         Support was again given to an evening event for the
non-governmental organisations for humanitarian                            promotion of fair trade products, which was held
aid work in Belarus, Lebanon and Romania, and                              at a fashionable Viennese venue and attended by
the Vienna Hospital Association donated numerous                           opinion-leaders and members of the media. The City
medical devices to NGOs for use in humanitarian aid                        of Vienna also co-financed the street party organised
projects in developing countries.                                          by the NGO “Südwind“, which showcased fair trade
                                                                           and NGO products.
Five new projects aimed at reducing poverty focussed
on the education and training of women in Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova,
Serbia, Romania and Turkey and the training of
young people in South Africa.

Funding was given to two school projects in Africa:
the construction of care facilities for people with
disabilities at the Ithuba Skills College near Johan-
nesburg and the purchase of school furniture for a

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                                   The Vienna Tourist Board
                                                                         www.wien.info
     The Vienna Journal 2009
      – a 24-page publication      New record: overnight stays by visitors to
     showcasing all the multi-     Vienna surpass the € 10 million mark
          ple facets of the city

                                   2008 turned out to be the sixth record year in a
                                   row for Vienna’s tourism industry. Overnight stays
                                   increased by 5.8% over the previous year to 10.2 mil-
                                   lion, and the net overnight stay income of Vienna’s
                                   hotels and accommodation providers widened by
                                   9.3% to € 487 million. With the number of overnight
                                   stays exceeding the 10 million mark, the target
                                   defined in “Project 2010” was achieved two years
                                   ahead of schedule.



                                   Print ads in 178 million newspaper copies
                                   & a new-look Vienna Journal

                                   In classical advertising campaigns, ads and supple-
                                   ments were placed in a total of 178 million newspaper
                                   copies in 21 countries. Poster advertising was placed
                                   in a wide range of different sites, from megaboards
         Ads for shopping and
       Advent in Vienna in the     to illuminated display cases, in 15 cities. Some 230
       Romanian edition of the     different print items defining Vienna’s visual image
      women’s magazine “Elle”
                                   on the world markets (brochures, leaflets, posters)
                                   were produced in 20 languages (total print run of
                                   approx. 8.4 million copies).

     “How does Vienna sound?”       The Vienna Journal underwent a complete redesign.
     asked a campaign run           The 2009 issue, succinctly entitled “Vienna”, came
     in April and May in
     the German-speaking            out in October with a new look and a new layout. The
     countries, the UK, France,     24-page publication in broadsheet format featured
     Italy and Spain
                                    guest authors for the first time and showcased Vienna
                                    in all its multiple facets. “Vienna” was produced in
                                   six languages (German, English, Italian, French,
                                   Spanish and Japanese, total print run 600,000 cop-
                                   ies) and distributed worldwide at events organised
                                   by the Vienna Tourist Board as well as via the branch
                                   offices of the Austrian National Tourist Office.



                                   Online presence in 31 countries

                                   60 online advertising campaigns were run in 31
                                   countries (24 European countries as well as the
                                   USA, Canada, Australia, Turkey, China, India and
                                   the Republic of Korea), highlighting the thematic



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foci “City of Music”, UEFA EURO 2008TM and open-air
events, “Vienna: Wine & Design“, Advent, Christmas,
New Year and the ball season, as well as shopping
in Vienna. In many cases the Internet campaigns
were carried out in conjunction with partners, on the
one hand with airlines such as AUA and Air Berlin,
or alternatively with tour operators and Internet
travel portals such as Lastminute and Expedia. A
total of approx. 460 million ad impressions were
generated, and stand-alone mailshots were sent to                         One of 250 Vienna-
780,000 addresses.                                                        themed Paris taxis
                                                                          (ANTO Paris)

Alongside these thematic campaigns, the website
www.wien.info was made easier to find by means
of a search engine marketing campaign run in 15
countries on Google, Baidu, Yandex and Seznam.
The campaign generated 322,117 clicks in total,
contributing to the record figure of 17.8 million
page impressions in 2008.

                                                                          Four double-decker buses
                                                                          took the “Vienna: Wine
Outdoor advertising: from CityLights to                                   & Design” campaign to
                                                                          the streets of Berlin from
taxis and aircraft                                                        August to October
                                                                          (Wall Aktiengesellschaft)
In terms of special advertising formats a highly
diverse spectrum of different activities were un-
dertaken in 14 major markets: among the vehicles
on the road advertising Vienna were 250 taxis in
Paris, buses in Nice, Rome, Milan, Paris, Sofia and
Berlin and one tram each in Warsaw, Geneva and
Barcelona. In addition, CityLights, screens and giant
billboards were deployed in Amsterdam, Venice,
Budapest, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Cologne,
Düsseldorf and Bucharest.
                                                                          A Vienna-branded AUA
                                                                          jet took to the skies dur-
To advertise the Life Ball the Vienna Tourist Board                       ing the Life Ball period
                                                                          (Austrian Airlines)
blazoned an AUA jet with the slogan “Love Life. Live
Vienna“, a message that was transported by aircraft
to the cities of New York, Washington D.C., Beijing,
Mumbai, Delhi and Zurich from 16 May until 9 June.
The aircraft flew a total of 25 scheduled flights dur-
ing the promotional period.


                                                                          In mid-September and
Tourism highlight: UEFA EURO 2008TM                                       from 6 – 10 October a
                                                                          short Vienna Tourist Board
with final in Vienna                                                      promotional film was aired
                                                                          on six 6 x 8 metre mega-
                                                                          screens in Moscow –
The large-scale worldwide marketing campaign for
                                                                          150 times a day
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                                                                                        back in 2007, was continued. Activities included a
                                                                                        print ad campaign in Germany, Switzerland, Italy,
                                                                                        Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, France,
                                                                                        Greece and the Netherlands in which the Vienna
                                                                                        Tourist Board ran UEFA EURO 2008TM ads in a total
                                                                                        of 42.6 million newspaper copies in 11 countries.
                                                                                        The TV ad already unveiled in 2007 was aired on
                                                                                        Eurosport and Eurosport2, as well as on YouTube
                                                                                        and Public.TV, on two giant screens in St. Mark’s
                                                                                        Square during the Venice Carnival and on screens
                                                                                        at the international film festival in Madrid.

                                                                                        The Vienna Tourist Board also participated in the
                                                                                        roadshow organised by the Austrian National Tourist
                                                                                        Office with stops in Moscow, London, Amsterdam,
                                                                                        Paris, Munich, Milan, Madrid, Prague and Stockholm.
            Ad featuring a European Football Championship testimonial by professional   At these events, some 1,600 participants from the
            footballer Nicola Watzinger                                                 media and the travel industry were primed for the
                                                                                        forthcoming European Football Championship in
                                                                                        Vienna. A database of articles and images relating
                                                                                        to the European Football Championship was set
                                                                                        up especially for journalists, while TV footage in-
                                                                                        cluding aerial shots was made available for use by
                                                                                        international television stations. The UEFA EURO
                                                                                        2008TM website at www.wien.info featured informa-
                                                                                        tion in nine languages (German, English, Italian,
                                                                                        Spanish, French, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and
                                                                                        Russian) and generated 746,000 page impressions
                                                                                        from January to June.
            The Vienna Tourist Board’s UEFA EURO 2008 TM ad was screened on two
            30 sqm giant screens on St. Mark’s Square during the Venice Carnival
            (100,000 visitors daily) (Outdoor Revolution Limited)
                                                                                        Peter Holzinger of the Viennese fashion label superated designed special
            The Vienna Tourist Board’s “mobile task force” – pictured here on           Vienna T-shirts in response to individual requests at the UEFA EURO
            Kärntner Straße – answered visitors’ queries about the European Football    2008TM roadshow, which stopped off in nine cities
            Championship and lots more besides (WTV/Alfred Arzt)                                                                         (WTV/Manuela Enengel)




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                                                        The US travel magazine “Travel & Leisure”
                                                        (circulation 969,452) featured an eight-page
                                                        report on Vienna




In April, a widespread UEFA EURO 2008TM
online promotional campaign was launched in
Germany, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria
and the Czech Republic. Special microsites
were created for the campaign and advertised
                                               paper
via banners on Internet travel portals and newspaper
                                               ssions
websites, generating over 1.6 million ad impressions
in total. The UEFA EURO 2008TM Fanplan, a city
map specially designed for visitors travelling to the
                                                                                                       In cooperation with the
European Football Championship, was published in
                                                                                                       Vienna Tourist Board, the
ten languages, and 20 multilingual temporary Vienna                                                    Italian travel magazine
Tourist Board staff acted as a “mobile task force” to                                                  “I Viaggi del Sole” (circu-
                                                                                                       lation 150,000) devoted
supply guests with information at the city’s tourist                                                   a 182-page exclusive edi-
hotspots. Immediately after the final on 4 July, ads                                                   tion to Vienna
congratulating the victors were published in the
Spanish dailies El Pais and ABC.



More than 3,100 reports in the
international media

With the objective of ensuring comprehensive media                                                     The German women’s
coverage of Vienna in the international media, the                                                     glossy “Freundin” (circula-
                                                                                                       tion: 697,500) served up
Vienna Tourist Board’s PR managers hosted a total                                                      insider tips for its readers
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         The participants in the   supported them in their research, and organised          industry was duly involved in all relevant events. In
         “Arabia meets Vienna”
                                   itineraries: 518 print media journalists arrived indi-   addition, the team organised 28 product placements
     tour explored Schönbrunn
     during their stay in Vienna   vidually, the rest in 43 different groups; electronic    with partners from the consumer goods and services
       (WTV/Gerhard Weinkirn)      media sent 56 TV and 16 radio teams to Vienna. In        sector in 19 countries (18 European countries plus
                                   addition, 47 PR events on various tourism-related        Australia) and staged 30 events for end customers
                                   topics were held in 22 countries.                        in 26 countries. In Vienna, the team hosted 3,127
                                                                                            travel agency reps who arrived on 135 familiarisa-
                                   By the end of January 2009 alone, the Vienna             tion trips from 37 countries.
                                   Tourist Board was sent clippings evidencing 3,100
                                   reports in respected daily newspapers and weekly
                                   and monthly magazines, and Vienna also enjoyed           Arabia meets Vienna
                                   prolific coverage online as well as on radio and TV.
                                   During UEFA EURO 2008TM 264 journalists were             28 travel agency representatives and executives from
                                   hosted at the Fan Zone Communication Centre and          major tour operators from the Arab region travelled
                                   155 at the Vienna Host City Media Centre.                to Vienna on a fact-finding tour at the invitation of
                                                                                            the Vienna Tourist Board. At a workshop featuring
                                   The marketing management team of the Vienna              15 Viennese tourism providers the guests from
                                   Tourist Board continued to work the individual mar-      the Arab region – predominantly from the United
                                   kets to ensure that Vienna was well represented in       Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – were supplied
                                   international destination marketing programmes.          with information about Vienna’s attractions. Other
                                   The team travelled to 39 countries, represented          activities on the programme included a treasure
                                   Vienna at 46 trade and consumer fairs, held 59           hunt around Vienna city centre, visits to the Prater,
                                   workshops for foreign travel agencies and 66 special     Schönbrunn Zoo and a Heuriger wine tavern and
                                   presentations and made sure that Vienna’s tourist        excursions to the Hirschenkogel ski area and Baden,



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as well as an evening at the “Aux Gazelles“ Moroc-
can brasserie and a trip on the “Majestic Imperator
Dinner Train“.



“Vienna: Wine & Design” campaign

The annual “Vienna & Wine“ campaign that has
been run every October/November since 2004
was expanded by the theme “Design“. To promote
“Vienna: Wine & Design“ the Vienna Tourist Board
deployed a broad spectrum of measures, including
print ads and newspaper/magazine supplements in
eight countries, outdoor and online advertising, ten
press conferences and workshops and presentations
for travel agents and tour operators.

                                                                                                                   This 16-page A5 supple-
                                                                                                                   ment (circulation approx.
Prelude to the Haydn Anniversary Year 2009                                                                         900,000 copies) featured
                                                                                                                   in high-profile gourmet
                                                                                                                   magazines in Germany,
The campaign of the working group ArGe Haydn                                                                       Austria, Switzerland
2009 to promote the Haydn Anniversary Year 2009                                                                    and Italy as part of the
                                                                                                                   “Vienna: Wine & Design”
(200th anniversary of the composer’s death) was                                                                    campaign (Outdoor
continued in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and                                                                      Revolution Limited)
Hungary. Besides the Vienna Tourist Board, the
ArGe Haydn working group also comprises the
regional tourist boards of Burgenland and Lower
Austria as well as the Austrian National Tourist
Office. Both the travel industry and end customers
were primed for the anniversary year with print          countries, i.e. 21 groups totalling 430 participants,
campaigns, appearances at travel trade fairs, sales      the remainder being representatives on individual
manuals, image brochures, a series of press confer-      tours of inspection. One of the most prestigious
ences and a promotional film which was also shown        congress acquisitions of 2008 was the international
as an in-flight video on Austrian Airlines’ medium       AIDS conference “AIDS 2010“, which will attract
and long-haul network and has meanwhile won an           up to 30,000 visitors and result in some 100,000
array of awards.                                         overnight stays in Vienna.

                                                         The figures published by the International Congress
Conference tourism                                       and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Union
                                                         of International Associations (UIA) underlined
The Vienna Tourist Board’s congress office, the Vienna   Vienna’s leading role as an international congress
Convention Bureau – which actively canvasses for         venue. In the 2008 rankings compiled by these two
congresses and corporate events (company meet-           influential organisations, which cover congresses
ings and incentives) all over the world – presented      all over the globe, the Austrian capital featured at
Vienna as a congress venue at 27 trade fairs and         the very top: with 154 events since 2007 Vienna
congresses as well as coordinating the participa-        retained its first place in the ICCA statistics for the
tion of Viennese service providers. In Vienna the        third time in succession ahead of Berlin and Singa-
Bureau organised familiarisation trips for a total       pore, while in the UIA classification it ranked third
of 520 congress and incentive executives from 19         behind Singapore and Paris.



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     The ICFF in New York (Vienna Economic Chamber)                                           F&B fair in New York (Vienna Economic Chamber)



                                 WIEN PRODUCTS                                         2008 again saw “Austrian Weeks” under the motto
                                                               www.wienproducts.at     “Austrian joie de vivre” being held in all 26 branch-
                                                                                       es of the German Galeria Kaufhof chain with in-
                                 Presentations                                         house delicatessens. After the great success of
                                                                                       the 2007 promotion, two “Austrian Weeks” were
                                 WIEN PRODUCTS is an export initiative by the          organised at Galeria Kaufhof in 2008: the first,
                                 Vienna Economic Chamber to promote Viennese           with a thematic focus on Austrian food and bev-
                                 companies and cultural institutions. As in previous   erage products from the provinces of Styria and
                                 years, the project focus in 2008 was on activities    Vienna, took place in the 26 in-house delicatessens
                                 abroad, with both business-to-business and busi-      in mid-February, followed by a second initiative in
                                 ness-to-customer events. The WIEN PRODUCTS            the autumn.
                                 Service Centre supported the companies in the
                                 planning, organisation and implementation of          A similar promotional campaign was also launched
                                 these events.                                         in cooperation with the Globus chain of high-class
                                                                                       supermarkets in Switzerland, which also held “Aus-
                                 At the beginning of February, companies from          trian Weeks”.
                                 the WIEN PRODUCTS Ambience & Top Tables
                                 of Vienna clusters were invited by the organiser      Yet another food event was staged in mid-May
                                 to participate in Japan’s largest tableware festi-    at the initiative of the Austrian Foreign Trade
                                 val. More than 300,000 visitors viewed products       Commission in New York, consisting of “Austrian
                                 from the companies Augarten porcelain, Lobmeyr        Weeks” at the “Food Emporium“ gourmet super-
                                 crystal and chandeliers, Backhausen textiles and      market chain and a presentation of Austrian food
                                 soft furnishings, Friedrich Otto Schmidt home         products at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
                                 furnishings, Zur Schwäbischen Jungfrau table and      The WIEN PRODUCTS companies Staud’s pickles
                                 bedlinen and Wiener Silberschmiede Werkstätte         and preserves, Manner confectionery and Demel
                                 silverware and were able to see the high quality      cakes, chocolates and biscuits participated in this
                                 and unique design at first hand.                      publicity campaign.



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At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
(ICFF) in New York the WIEN PRODUCTS compa-
nies Augarten, Lichterloh design, art & antiques,
Lobmeyr, R. Horns Wien leatherware, Wiener
Silberschmiede Werkstätte and Woka Lamps show-
cased their designer products on the Austrian
group stand.

In spring 2008, ten Japanese journalists were
invited to Vienna in cooperation with the Vienna
Representative Office Tokyo for a familiarisation
trip focussing on the Viennese Wine & Top Tables
clusters. The journalists visited the four winegrow-
ers of the Wien Wein Group and the WIEN PROD-
UCTS partners Lobmeyr, Wiener Silberschmiede
Werkstätte, Augarten, Friedrich Otto Schmidt,
Backhausen and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
and reported on their impressions and experi-
ences in several Japanese magazines.

The third WIEN PRODUCTS Collection was pre-
sented in 2008, first at the “Blickfang“ public de-
sign fair in October and subsequently as part of the
                                                                                                             Luxury, please at the
opening event of “Vienna Art Week“ in November.        Marketing activities                                  Hofburg (Vienna Economic
On these occasions the participating WIEN PROD-                                                              Chamber)
UCTS companies Mühlbauer headwear, Skrein              In the year under report the focus was placed on
jewellery, Halder jewellery and silverwork, Lichter-   promotional activities in the international print
loh, Köchert jewellers, Backhausen, Augarten and       media, and the media mix was further optimised.
Lobmeyr showcased the new products they had            Advertisements were placed in the following media,
created in cooperation with external designers.        among others: Austrian Travel Magazine & Hotel
                                                       Guide, Ball Total, Enjoy Vienna, Salute to Vienna,
In a subsidiary exhibition organised as part of        Cercle Diplomatique, Dancer magazine, Festspiele
Tokyo Designers Week the companies Augarten,           magazine, First Class Hotel & City Guide, Austrian-
Backhausen, Lichterloh, Lobmeyr and Wittmann           Russian Business Guide, Time Out Vienna, Shop-
furniture presented their wares to over 1,700          ping Wining & Dining, Travelguide China, Vienna
visitors at the Ozone Design Center.                   magazine and Wirtschaftsblatt Deluxe.

The presentation “At home with … - Vienna ryu          WIEN PRODUCTS was again represented in the
Omotenashi“ showed Viennese interior design            “Magic of Advent in Vienna” coupon booklet and
from different historical periods.                     continued its marketing cooperation with the “Magic
                                                       of Advent in Vienna” website in 2008. The coupon
At the third “Luxury, please” luxury goods fair at     booklet was again distributed to numerous foreign
the Hofburg Palace in Vienna the WIEN PROD-            journalists.
UCTS companies Woka Lamps, Backhausen, Zur
Schwäbischen Jungfrau, WienWein, Bösendorfer,          The cooperation with the Tourist Info Office on Al-
Jarosinsky & Vaugoin silverware, Schau Schau           bertinaplatz (WIEN PRODUCTS window displays,
eyewear and Kieback jewellery exhibited their          showcases and touch-screen terminal) – now in its
products to over 17,000 visitors in the WIEN PROD-     ninth year – again showed a very positive develop-
UCTS Lounge in the Hofburg Gallery.                    ment in line with the growing visitor frequency.



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                                                                                            District Chairwoman Susanne Reichard (centre) with District Council
                                                                                            Members Leopold Plasch and Helga Riedel in Armenia, in the background
                                                                                            Mount Ararat/TR (private collection)


                                                                                            At the Wieden “Europe Days“ with their rich cultural
                                                                                            and information programme, the Ambassador of
                                                                                            the Republic of Croatia in Austria, Prof. Zoran Jasic,
                                                                                            gave a speech on the topic of “Croatia on its way
                                                                                            into the EU“.

                                                                                            9th Municipal District – Alsergrund
                                                                                            District Council members paid a visit to the partner
                                                                                            district of Dongcheng in Beijing. The visit was part
                                                                                            of the itinerary of an official Austrian delegation
                                                                                            headed by Federal Council Vice-President Susanne
                                                                                            Neuwirth. Further destinations of the delegation
                                                                                            were Shanghai, Xian and Dunhuang. The Alsergrund
                                                                                            delegation, which also comprised representatives
                                                                                            of the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and
                                    DISTRICT PARTNERSHIPS                                   International Affairs and the European Commission,
                                    AND ACTIVITIES                                          was headed by Michael Koling. The partnership
                                                                                            agreement with Dongcheng was reaffirmed.

                                    4th Municipal District – Wieden                         11th Municipal District – Simmering
                                    Vienna’s 4 district has been in cultural and economic
                                              th
                                                                                            Primary schools and cooperative secondary schools
             Susanne Neuwirth/
       Federal Council (centre),    cooperation with the Yerevan district of Qanaker-       continued to foster contacts with schools in Brno
       Prof. Dr. Gerd Kaminski/     Zeytun since the autumn of 2007. In October a           and Kraków. A saga and fairy tale project presented
     Austrian- Chinese Society
                                    delegation from the district of Wieden headed by        by the primary school located at Simoningplatz 2
     (to her right), Dr. Stephan
         Pehringer/FMEIA (front     District Chairwoman Susanne Reichard visited its        received an award from the Brno School Board. The
       left) and District Council   Armenian partner district. The delegation was wel-      cooperative secondary schools also received head
              Members Romana
            Palmberger, Marcus      comed by Gagik Beglaryan, the Mayor of the Armenian     teachers on a study tour from Switzerland and
            Gremel and Michael      capital. The agenda of talks focused on partnership     teachers from Sweden.
      Koling at the Dongcheng
         171 Secondary School
                                    projects, above all issues regarding health care and
                             (BV)   kindergarten and school projects.                       13th Municipal District – Hietzing
                                                                                            Delegations from two Japanese partner municipalities
                                                                                            visited Hietzing. The itinerary of the first delegation
                                                                                            from Tanba included a festive reception in the large
                                                                                            district council hall, followed by an excursion to the
                                                                                            “friendship oak” in the Napoleon Forest and a final
                                                                                            evening get-together at a Viennese Heurigen wine
                                                                                            tavern. The second delegation came from Habikino.
                                                                                            Trainee teachers supervised by their professor gave
                                                                                            guest lessons at a number of Viennese schools,
                                                                                            among them the Dominican primary school in the
                                                                                            13th district.

                                                                                            14th Municipal District – Penzing
                                                                                            In November, District Chairwoman Andrea Kalchbren-
                                                                                            ner signed a memorandum of cooperation with the
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District Chairman Heinz Gerstbach and Deputy District Chairman Dorothea Drlik (centre) (BV)       District Chairman Franz Prokop (centre) with members of the delegation in
                                                                                                  Managua (BV)

Chalupa. First measures for the know-how exchange                            computer with Internet access installed at a school
on school matters have already been initiated; the                           that maintains relations with the Wiesberggasse
cooperation also extends to cultural issues, matters                         cooperative secondary school. A teacher and a metal
regarding children and young people, the environ-                            worker from Managua even spent six months in Ot-
ment, traffic and transport, decentralisation and                            takring. The cooperation has generated numerous
establishing a dialogue with citizens’ initiatives.                          lasting friendships. Relations also extend to coopera-
                                                                             tion at the level of art and cultural life, for instance
16th Municipal District – Ottakring                                          exhibitions of Nicaraguan art in Vienna or a photo
The name Ottakring means a lot to more than 830                              exhibition featuring Ottakring in Managua. In 2008
children in Managua. Their school, Escuela Ottakring,                        District Chairman Franz Prokop visited Nicaragua
is named after Vienna’s 16th municipal district.                             accompanied by a delegation from Vienna.
Ottakring and the Barrio Villa Austria in Managua
have maintained an official partnership for 20 years                         17th Municipal District – Hernals
                                                                                                                                                   District Chairwoman
now. The inhabitants themselves designated their                             The summer months witnessed the traditional youth                     Andrea Kalchbrenner and
city district Villa Austria. Under Federal Chancellor                        exchange with the partner municipality Fuchu,                         Mayor Tomáš Chalupa
                                                                                                                                                   signing the Memorandum
Dr. Bruno Kreisky Austria financed the electrifica-                          a city with 250,000 inhabitants within the Tokyo                      of Cooperation in Prague
tion of the district and the construction of a water                         Prefecture. In October Tadanao Noguchi, Mayor of                      (BV)
supply main.

Over the years, numerous ideas and projects have been
realised within the framework of this partnership. A
sewer system for the district was constructed with
finance and know-how from Vienna. A community
centre was built, which now serves as a kindergarten
and school during the day and as a venue for differ-
ent social events and adult education courses in the
evenings. Financial grants and contributions in kind
have made life easier for the inhabitants of Villa
Austria ever since the partnership was launched.
A school library has been set up, additional equip-
ment for the children’s playground provided and a



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     Farewell reception for the Japanese youngsters and their host families,     Mayor Gzim Hajdinaga/ Ulcinj, Mayor Manfred Wurm, Ulrike Volk/MA 48, Ambassador Florian Raunig
     District Chairwoman Dr. Ilse Pfeffer (1st row, 6 th from right) (Reinhard   (from left) (MA 48)
     Schneider)

                                    Fuchu, visited Vienna to gather information on the                      23rd Municipal District – Liesing
                                    waste management and recycling system.                                  The activities within the framework of the partner-
                                                                                                            ship agreement with the 15th district of Budapest
                                    21st Municipal District – Floridsdorf                                   were continued in 2008. The emphasis was once
                                    The traditional Cherry Blossom Festival was again                       again on school partnerships as well as two football
                                    celebrated in April. This event was jointly organ-                      tournaments for youth teams. A special highlight
                                    ised by the Japanese embassy, the Forestry Office                       was the exhibition of paintings and graphic works
                                    and Municipal Department of Urban Agriculture                           by well-known artists from Budapest at the gallery
                                    (MA 49) and the District Chairman of Floridsdorf.                       of the Alt-Erlaa Shopping Centre.
                                    Isamu Aoki, the Mayor of Katsushika in Tokyo, vis-
                                    ited Flo-ridsdorf with a delegation from the sister                     In May, District Chairman Manfred Wurm in the
                                    district. Five young people from Japan spent two                        presence of the Austrian Ambassador to Montene-
                                    weeks with host families in Floridsdorf.                                gro, Florian Raunig, and a group of pupils from
                                                                                                            Liesing schools signed a partnership agreement
                                    District Chairman Heinz Lehner visited the Angy-                        with Mayor Gzim Hajdinaga of Ulcinj, the country’s
                                    alföld sister district in Budapest.                                     southernmost city. During the summer festival a
                                                                                                            choir and a music ensemble from the 23rd district
                                                                                                            gave a guest performance in Ulcinj. This programme
                                                                                                            was financially supported by the Austrian Embassy
                                                                                                            in Podgorica. In October the District Chairman
                                                                                                            presented the municipality with a street-sweeping
                                                                                                            machine. Additionally, expert workshops were held
                                                                                                            on the topics of water supply, waste management
                                                                                                            and urban development. Cooperation agreements
                                                                                                            were concluded with regard to environmental
                                                                                                            protection, transportation, security issues and
                                                                                                            economic cooperation. The cooperation between
                                                                                                            the Ulcinj secondary school and its counterpart in
                                                                                                            Alt-Erlaa was continued.
                                                                                                            District Chairman Heinz Lehner, Mayor Dr. Jószef Tóth,
                                                                                                            Mayor Isamu Aoki in Budapest (BV)



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         Association of Austrian Cities and Towns


ÖSTERREICHISCHER
STÄDTEBUND –
THE ASSOCIATION OF
AUSTRIAN CITIES AND TOWNS
                                 www.staedtebund.at

The Austrian Association of Cities and Towns repre-
sents the municipal interests of 250 Austrian cities
and towns. The principal tasks of the Städtebund
include the appraisal of legislative proposals affect-
ing the interests of local governments, participation
in fiscal revenue distribution negotiations and the
representation of municipal interests. Internally
it provides a platform for political and administra-
tive networking at events on different key issues
organised by more than 30 expert committees. The
international activities of Österreichischer Städte-
bund are focused on the European Union and the
countries of South-East Europe. In 2008 activities
were concentrated on the following areas:
In November more than 100 participants from South-
East European cities and representative associations
convened at Vienna City Hall for the conference
entitled “South-East Europe – Meeting the Chal-
lenges” to deliberate on the perspectives of European
integration for municipalities. The conference was
jointly organised by Österreichischer Städtebund,
the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
(CEMR) and the Network of Associations of Local
Authorities in South-East Europe (NALAS). The
President of Österreichischer Städtebund, CEMR
President Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl, highlighted
the key concern of the conference in his opening
address, pointing out that the political weight of       municipalities were faced with an urgent need for
the cities and towns within the European Union           action. In this respect Österreichischer Städtebund
and their power to enforce their interests were          was able to offer support with know-how acquired
still unsatisfactory – both in the accession process     with Central and Eastern European partners within
and under EU membership. Moreover, the national          the LOGON network. Soon after the conference
delegations often simply lacked knowledge and            the 2008 LOGON Report – Impact of the European
experience where the needs and requirements of           Union on Local Authorities: Guidelines for South
local governments came into play. Municipal budg-        East European Local Government Associations –
ets and the transfer of funds between national and       was published. The 171-page volume was financed
municipal governments played a central role in the       by Österreichischer Städtebund and the Austrian
discussions. A further issue discussed in detail were    Development Cooperation.
the effects of EU accession on urban planning and
environmental and energy policy. The debate made         In April NALAS hosted a training workshop in Skopje.
it evident that the Central and Eastern European         Its objective was to gather international experience



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                                                                                        (Finances, Urban Planning, Environment, Public
                                                                                        Buildings and Education). The camp held in Priština
                                                                                        under the title “The municipalities of Kosovo on
                                                                                        their way into the European Union” was designed to
                                                                                        provide an overview of EU agendas with the aim of
                                                                                        familiarising the representatives of local authorities
                                                                                        with the challenges of EU rapprochement.

                                                                                        City Council Member Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch represented
                                                                                        Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl at the Euro-Arab Cities
                                                                                        Forum in Dubai. The event aimed at strengthening
                                                                                        cooperation and bridging cultures was inaugurated
                                                                                        by the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates,
                                                                                        Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Agenda issues
                                                                                        comprised the exchange of experiences and know-how
                                                                                        transfer in the fields of municipal self-administration,
                                                                                        responsible municipal government and administra-
             Euro-Arab Cities   for the establishment of training facilities for mu-    tive work, urban transportation and urban planning,
      Forum in Dubai, Mayor
                                nicipal employees and politicians.                      urban environmental protection and water resources
       Hilde Zach/ Innsbruck,
     Commissioner Mubarak                                                               as well as cultural heritage and tourism.
         Ali Jaha Al-Koudah/    The Know-how Transfer Center (KTC) of Österrei-
     Khartoum, City Council
                     Member     chischer Städtebund supports initiatives to promote     Österreichischer Städtebund also participated in
        Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch   the exchange of experiences with the countries of       the city partnership conference organised by the
           (Simone Wohleser)
                                South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia      Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI) to mark
                                at the municipal level. The KTC was founded 17 years    the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of
                                ago at the initiative of Österreichischer Städtebund.   Israel and the 70th anniversary of the ULAI.
                                Its objective is to serve as a contact platform for
                                Central and Eastern European municipalities for         The 58th Austrian General Assembly (Städtetag) was
                                establishing cooperation with Austria in administra-    held at the Congress Innsbruck conference centre.
                                tive matters. The financial resources are provided      Almost 800 delegates and guests from Austria and
                                by the Austrian Development Agency.                     abroad attended. The keynote theme was “The city
                                                                                        as motor of the economy – cities as centres of busi-
                                Since 2007 the Know-how Transfer Center has been        ness dynamics”. The workshops dealt with “Models
                                serviced by the KDZ Competence Centre for Public        of municipal participation management”, “Spatial
                                Management on behalf of and in cooperation with         structure and infrastructure – the urban dimen-
                                Österreichischer Städtebund. Some of the projects       sion”, “Climate protection in cities and towns” and
                                assisted in the year under report were training         “Education as a locational factor”.
                                seminars for teachers from Uzbekistan, a school
                                                                                        The 58th Austrian General Assembly (Städtetag) was held in Innsbruck
                                partnership with Ukraine, the 6th Biannual Festival     (istock)
                                for Contemporary Art in Armenia, administrative
                                training courses in Mongolia, training measures for
                                the Serbian National Association of Local Authori-
                                ties on the topic of European integration, and the
                                International Conference of National Associations of
                                Local Authorities in South-East Europe in Vienna.

                                During the summer the Kosovar Association of Local
                                Authorities organised a one-week training course
                                for the members of five association committees



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              UEFA EURO 2008TM Austria-Switzerland


UEFA EURO 2008TM
AUSTRIA-SWITZERLAND
From 7–29 June the 13th European Football Champi-
onship UEFA EURO 2008TM took place in Switzerland
and Austria, with 31 matches being held in the
host cities of Basle, Berne, Geneva and Zurich in
Switzerland and Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Salzburg
and Vienna in Austria. The following teams were
represented: Switzerland, the Czech Republic,
Portugal and Turkey (Group A), Austria, Croatia,
Germany and Poland (Group B), the Netherlands,
Italy, Romania and France (Group C) and Greece,
Sweden, Spain and Russia (Group D).

On 29 June Spain became European Champions
with a 1:0 victory over Germany at the 76-year-old
Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna. Distinguished po-       game on 16 June (result 1:0) an amazing 119,000         Even the big wheel wore
                                                                                                                UEFA EURO 2008 TM kit
litical figures from abroad who attended the game       people passed through the space. The underground
                                                                                                                (stadt marketing)
included King Juan Carlos I and Prime Minister José     line U2 was extended and the train frequency in-
Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain, Federal President     creased to carry 30,000 passengers on match days;
Horst Köhler and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel       overall the Wiener Linien public transport network
of Germany and Prince Albert II of Monaco.              registered an extra 7.4 million passengers during
The 16 games played in Austria were watched live        UEFA EURO 2008TM.
in the stadiums and at public viewing events by an
audience of three million, while a total of between     The collaborative effort on the part of the City Hall
eight and ten billion people watched the matches        Task Force and the multitude of departments involved
on television throughout the entire UEFA EURO           – among them Crisis Management, Construction and
2008TM period, i.e. an average TV audience of some      Technology, the emergency medical services, the
155 million per game. UEFA EURO 2008TM was              fire brigade and public transport provider Wiener
broadcast to over 231 states and territories. In the    Linien – plus the police and armed forces, proceeded
Austrian host cities 620,000 people watched the         efficiently and very smoothly. Some 2,700 people were
games in the stadiums and over two million visited      attended to by the medical services team, while the
the Fan Zones.                                          1,200 to 2,700 police and emergency services staff      Spain emerged trium-
                                                                                                                phant, in the Fan Zone as
                                                        on duty each day ensured a calm, safe environment       well as on the pitch
Looking back on the “festival of football we were all   at and around the matches. 27,000 police officers       (Schaub-Walzer)
hoping for and looking forward to“, Mayor of Vienna     were deployed nationwide.
Dr. Michael Häupl and Deputy Mayor Grete Laska          Turning to the broader picture, this major
(in office until April 2009) delivered a positive       sporting event also gave a visible boost
summary. 6,500 members of the press and media           to the tourist industry; in the months of
reported from Vienna, where seven matches were          May and June the host cities in Austria
played. Around one billion people watched all of        reported an overall rise of 4.3% in the
the games on television, while approx. 1.2 million      number of overnight stays and a 4.6%
spectators were counted in Vienna’s Fan Zones. At       increase in the number of arrivals.
full capacity, the Fan Zone between the City Hall and
Heldenplatz with an area of some 100,000 square         The next European Football Champion-
metres was capable of holding 74,200 visitors simul-    ship, UEFA EURO 2012TM, will be hosted
taneously, and on the day of the Germany v. Austria     by Poland and Ukraine.



                                                                                                                                            89
     Index of countries, regions and cities


                                    A                                   Bückeburg.............................................. 43         Espoo ..................................................... 19                                     J
                                                                        Budapest.....................4, 8, 21, 25, 28, 32,                 Esslingen ............................................... 54
     Aachen ................................................... 23      ................................ 36, 43, 47, 51, 52, 56,           Estonia ..............................................47, 59       Jämtland ................................................ 18
                                                                        ....................................... 61, 63, 69, 77, 86
     Aargau ................................................... 26                                                                         Ethiopia ............................................ 46, 75       Japan ..........28, 33, 38, 41, 46, 47, 50, 53,
                                                                        Buenos Aires .......................................... 37                                                                            .................... 57, 62, 63, 76, 82, 83, 84, 86
     Aarhus ................................................... 53
                                                                        Bük .......................................................... 8                                                                      Jihomoravský kraj.............................. 8, 10
     Afghanistan............................................ 75                                                                                                           F
                                                                        Bukovina ................................................ 72                                                                          Johannesburg ........................................ 75
     Alba Iulia ................................................ 18
                                                                        Bulgaria ................... 27, 39, 41, 46, 75, 79
     Albania ................................................... 75                                                                        Finland ...........................18, 19, 39, 43, 48
                                                                        Bulgarian ............................................... 25                                                                                                          K
     Amman .................................................. 26                                                                           Flanders ................................................. 21
                                                                        Burgenland ............................8, 33, 66, 81
     Amsterdam ....................40, 58, 68, 77, 78                                                                                      Florence .....................................39, 45, 51
                                                                        Burkina Faso .......................................... 26                                                                            Kadiköy .................................................. 47
     Anapa..................................................... 25                                                                         France .........18, 20, 22, 24, 27, 30, 38, 39,
     Angern ..................................................... 9                                                                        .............. 43, 45, 50, 51, 58, 67, 76, 78, 89                  Kanagawa .............................................. 63
                                                                                                       C                                                                                                      Karlovy Vary ........................................... 57
     Angyalföld .............................................. 86                                                                          Frankfurt .................. 24, 41, 45, 47, 48, 50
     Ankara ....................................... 37, 52, 70                                                                             Friedrichshafen ...................................... 51          Karlsruhe ............................................... 51
                                                                        Čačak..................................................... 40                                                                         Katsushika ............................................. 86
     Antwerp ........................................... 41, 56                                                                            Fuchu ............................................... 85, 86
                                                                        Canada............................................. 32, 76                                                                            Kazakhstan ................................ 24, 28, 43
     Argentinia .............................................. 56
                                                                        Caracas.................................................. 28                                                                          Kehl ........................................................ 46
     Armenia .................. 29, 46, 48, 75, 84, 88                                                                                                                    G
                                                                        Carinthia ................................................ 18                                                                         Kent ....................................................... 58
     Astana.................................................... 28
                                                                        Çatalhöyük ............................................. 20                                                                           Kenya ..................................................... 75
     Athens..................................21, 23, 30, 53                                                                                Gabon .................................................... 44
                                                                        Celje ....................................................... 68                                                                      Khartoum ............................................... 88
     Atlanta ................................................... 36                                                                        Galicia .................................................... 15
                                                                        CENTROPE .........................4, 8, 31, 33, 68                                                                                    Kiel ......................................................... 51
     Auckland ................................................ 31                                                                          Gdansk ................................................... 53
                                                                        Cheb....................................................... 51                                                                        Kiev ............................................ 16, 21, 50
     Australia...............................38, 55, 76, 80                                                                                Geneva ......................31, 47, 53, 74, 77, 89
                                                                        Chelsea .................................................. 56                                                                         Kinshasa ................................................ 12
     Azerbaijan ........................................ 29, 43                                                                            Genoa..................................................... 58
                                                                        Chernivtsi....................... 15, 16, 45, 71, 75                                                                                  Kjustendil ............................................... 75
                                                                                                                                           George ................................................... 25
                                                                        Chile ....................................................... 56                                                                      Klagenfurt .............................................. 89
                                    B                                                                                                      Georgia ............................................ 27, 29
                                                                        China, People’s Republic.............4, 23, 25,                                                                                       Konya ............................................... 20, 21
                                                                        ............................... 32, 34, 42, 43, 44, 56,            Geralfingen ............................................ 68
     Baden............................................... 26, 80        .......................................61, 62, 76, 83, 84          Germany .....22, 23, 27, 28, 31, 33, 38, 39,                       Koper ..................................................... 41
     Bad Homburg ......................................... 45           Chisinau ................................................. 72      ........40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51,                    Korea, Democratic People’s Republic .... 75
                                                                                                                                           .............. 54, 57, 60, 68, 69, 78, 79, 81, 89                  Korea, Republic ........ 27, 43, 46, 47, 75, 76
     Balatonfüred .......................................... 53         Cologne ................................26, 35, 53, 77
                                                                                                                                           Ghana .................................................... 75      Košice .................................................... 47
     Bangkok .....................................25, 30, 52            Colombia .......................................... 56, 57
                                                                                                                                           Ghent ............................................... 19, 43       Kosovo ............................................. 75, 88
     Barcelona .......... 30, 31, 32, 34, 45, 53, 77                    Compiègne ............................................. 67
                                                                                                                                           Gorizia .............................................. 50, 51      Köszeg ................................................... 40
     Bari ........................................................ 39   Congo, Democratic Republic .................. 21
                                                                                                                                           Gothenburg ...................................... 20, 40           Kotor ...................................................... 28
     Basle ..................29, 34, 51, 56, 57, 70, 89                 Constanta .............................................. 36
                                                                                                                                           Graz ........................................... 39, 41, 42        Kraków............ 4, 9, 11, 25, 30, 35, 37, 57,
     Bavaria ............................................. 27, 39       Copenhagen ................... 19, 25, 31, 34, 57
                                                                                                                                           Greece .....................38, 50, 52, 71, 78, 89                 .......................................63, 64, 67, 70, 84
     Beijing .......... 25, 37, 42, 61, 62, 71, 77, 84                  Cork ....................................................... 55
                                                                                                                                           Györ .............................................8, 22, 39        Krasnodar .............................................. 25
     Belarus.................................26, 28, 39, 75             Coventry................................................. 59
                                                                                                                                           Györ-Moson-Sopron ................................ 8               Krems .................................................... 41
     Belfast ................................................... 53     Croatia ..............41, 42, 52, 55, 59, 73, 79,
                                                                        ......................................................... 84, 89   Gyumri ................................................... 48      Kuala Lumpur................................... 30, 49
     Belgium ..........................19, 39, 43, 69, 71
                                                                        Cyprus ................................................... 41      Gzim Hajdinaga ................................ 15, 86             Kyoto ...................................................... 20
     Belgrade ................. 11, 21, 37, 43, 44, 59,
     ...................................................63, 64, 73      Czech Republic ..... 8, 9, 10, 14, 27, 30, 31,                                                                                        Kyrgyzstan ............................................. 44
     Benediktbeuern ..................................... 42            ..........................33, 38, 39, 41, 50, 51, 56,                                             H
                                                                        ................................. 57, 67, 71, 78, 79, 89                                                                                                              L
     Berlin ......... 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 30, 34, 35,
     ............. 38, 39, 41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49, 50,                                                                                     Habikino ................................................. 84
     ...............51, 52, 54, 56, 59, 69, 70, 77, 81                                                 D
                                                                                                                                           Hakone............................................. 33, 63         Lancashire ............................................. 31
     Berne .........................................55, 70, 89                                                                             Hamburg ........................41, 45, 46, 56, 68                 Landshut ................................................ 54
     Bilbao ..................................................... 53    Delaware ................................................ 39
                                                                                                                                           Hanover............................................ 33, 34         Latvia ..................................................... 27
     Bogotá ............................................. 28, 73        Delhi....................................................... 77
                                                                                                                                           Hellenic Republic (s. Greece) ................. 71                 Lausanne ............................................... 28
     Bolivia .............................................. 56, 57      Denmark ................................................ 39
                                                                                                                                           Helsinki ................................22, 28, 46, 52            Lebanon ................................................. 75
     Bologna ............................................ 20, 69        Derra ...................................................... 75
                                                                                                                                           Hong Kong ........ 30, 32, 33, 38, 52, 61, 62                      Leeds ..................................................... 69
     Bonn ...................................................... 47     Dominican Republic ............................... 39
                                                                                                                                           Hungary ............ 4, 8, 9, 15, 22, 24, 27, 30,                  Leipzig ............................................. 37, 45
     Bosnia and Herzegovina........... 4, 9, 73, 75                     Dongcheng............................................. 84          .......................... 31, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 47,             Leuven ................................................... 33
     Boston.................................................... 30      Dortmund ......................................... 25, 57          ...........................50, 53, 54, 56, 67, 78, 81              Level ...................................................... 39
     Brandenburg .......................................... 41          Dresden ................................................. 51
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Libya ................................................ 56, 70
     Bratislava .......... 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 21, 25,                 Dubai ......................................... 53, 67, 88                                         I                                  Linz ........................................................ 41
     ..........................28, 29, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37,              Dublin............................. 21, 37, 46, 53, 67
     ......................... 39, 41, 43, 49, 52, 53, 56,                                                                                                                                                    Lisbon ........................................40, 66, 69
                                                                        Duisburg .......................................... 39, 41         Iksan ...................................................... 47
     .......................... 59, 61, 63, 64, 66, 70, 72                                                                                                                                                    Liverpool ................................................ 51
                                                                        Dunhuang .............................................. 84         Ile-de-France ................................... 18, 24
     Brazil...................................................... 44                                                                                                                                          Ljubljana ........... 11, 21, 25, 43, 51, 63, 64,
                                                                        Düsseldorf ...........................34, 39, 53, 77               India ...............................27, 39, 54, 55, 76            ................................................... 70, 72, 73
     Brazzaville ............................................. 12
     Brdo ....................................................... 43                                                                       Innsbruck ......................................... 88, 89         Lodomeria .............................................. 15
                                                                                                       E                                   Iran ........................................................ 39   Łódź ....................................................... 68
     Bremen ................................23, 24, 45, 47
     Bremerhaven ......................................... 41                                                                              Ireland ..................... 38, 39, 43, 50, 55, 66               London ............. 23, 29, 30, 31, 34, 40, 50,
                                                                        Ecuador ............................................ 56, 57        Israel ........................27, 38, 48, 49, 53, 88              ................................ 52, 56, 58, 68, 69, 78
     Brno ...........8, 9, 20, 33, 37, 42, 52, 72, 84
                                                                        Egypt ...................................................... 30    Istanbul ...........................37, 47, 51, 68, 70             London-Haringey ................................... 58
     Brussels .................... 4, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23,
     ............................... 24, 29, 33, 34, 36, 40,            Eisenstadt ................................................ 8      Italy ............ 30, 38, 39, 41, 46, 49, 50, 76,                 Lower Austria..........................8, 37, 57, 81
     .......................................45, 49, 59, 60, 61          Enns ....................................................... 41    ............................................. 78, 79, 81, 89       Lower Saxony .................................. 27, 43
     Bucharest.... 21, 27, 30, 35, 43, 53, 63, 77                       Erlangen................................................. 50       Iwonicz................................................... 39      Lüneburg................................................ 27




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Luxembourg ............. 11, 23, 24, 30, 49, 51                    Novi Sad................................................. 40       San Diego ........................................ 33, 34          Turkey ....20, 27, 29, 44, 45, 51, 75, 76, 89
Lviv ................................ 15, 16, 30, 49, 52           Novosibirsk ............................................ 70        Sarajevo ........................ 10, 11, 21, 49, 63,              Turkmenistan ................................... 70, 71
Lyon ................................................. 20, 51      Nuremberg ....................................... 37, 56           ............................................. 64, 70, 71, 73       Tutzing ................................................... 27
                                                                                                                                      Saudi Arabia ............ 30, 37, 56, 67, 80, 88
                               M                                                                  O                                   Schwäbisch Hall..................................... 51                                           U
                                                                                                                                      Seattle ................................................... 45
Macao .................................................... 61      Oberstaufen ........................................... 40         Senegal ............................................ 44, 75        Udine...................................................... 39
Macedonia ....................................... 73, 75           Odessa ........................... 16, 33, 37, 52, 68              Seoul ...................................................... 52    Uganda................................................... 75
Macroom................................................ 55         Olomouc................................................. 56        Sępopol .................................................. 39      UK ..................... 19, 20, 27, 39, 43, 44, 47,
Madrid...............18, 25, 31, 33, 34, 35, 52,                   Opatija ............................................. 30, 55       Serbia .... 27, 37, 40, 41, 44, 51, 73, 75, 88                     .............................................50, 53, 76, 81
............................................. 53, 69, 77, 78       Oradea ................................................... 22      Shanghai ....................... 23, 33, 34, 62, 84                Ukraine ..................... 4, 15, 16, 26, 27, 33,
Magdeburg....................................... 51, 53            Osaka..................................................... 62      Shanxi .................................................... 43     ................................ 45, 49, 75, 78, 88, 89
Malmö ..................................19, 44, 45, 69             Oslo.................................................. 59, 69      Singapore......................................... 52, 81          Ulcinj .......................................... 15, 57, 86
Malta................................................ 42, 43       Östersund ........................................ 18, 19          Skopje ........................................ 21, 73, 87         United Arab Emirates ........... 30, 37, 80, 88
Managua ................................................ 85        Ottawa ................................................... 29      Slovakia ...... 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 20, 27,                   Upper Austria ......................................... 18
Manchester ............................................ 51                                                                            ....................30, 31, 32, 33, 40, 41, 56, 57,                USA ..................30, 33, 40, 43, 44, 48, 50,
Mannheim ............................33, 34, 39, 50                                                                                   .......................................65, 66, 67, 68, 75          ................................................... 51, 76, 79
                                                                                                  P
Marbach................................................. 50                                                                           Slovenia .........................41, 43, 56, 64, 68               Utrecht .......................................38, 45, 68
Marseille .......................................... 43, 52                                                                           Smederevo ............................................. 37         Uzbekistan .......................................43, 88
                                                                   Pakistan ........................................... 20, 30
Masibambane ........................................ 21                                                                               Sochi ...................................................... 54
                                                                   Palestine .......................................... 30, 71
Masovia ................................................. 25                                                                          Sofia........... 21, 27, 28, 29, 39, 43, 48, 53,                                                  V
                                                                   Panama ............................................ 56, 57         ...................................................55, 63, 77
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern .................... 31                     Paris..................22, 23, 24, 33, 34, 37, 39,
Mexico ................................................... 56                                                                         Sopron ..................................................... 8
                                                                   ............. 40, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 49, 51, 52,                                                                                     Vanadzor ................................................ 75
Miami ..................................................... 34     ...............54, 58, 59, 66, 67, 72, 77, 78, 81                  South Africa ................... 21, 25, 39, 47, 75
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vancouver .............................................. 31
Milan ...........11, 12, 29, 34, 42, 58, 59, 68,                   Peru ................................................. 56, 57      Spain........... 27, 30, 33, 43, 76, 78, 79, 89
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Veneto .................................................... 21
................................................... 70, 77, 78     Picardie .................................................. 67     Steinbach ............................................... 43
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Venezuela...................................28, 56, 57
Minsk ............................................... 25, 28       Piemonte ................................................ 21       St. Gallen ......................................... 38, 45
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Venice .................................. 34, 58, 77, 78
Modena .................................................. 28       Pirita ...................................................... 72   Stockerau............................................... 69
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vietnam.................................................. 71
Moldova ........................................... 72, 75         Pisa ........................................................ 24   Stockholm ......... 19, 28, 29, 48, 58, 68, 78
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Villavicencio ........................................... 28
Monaco .................................................. 89       Podgorica ............................. 14, 21, 73, 86             St. Petersburg .................................. 35, 77
Mongolia ....................................26, 75, 88                                                                                                                                                  Vilnius .............................................. 29, 58
                                                                   Poland ................... 4, 9, 25, 27, 33, 39, 41,               St. Pölten ................................................. 8
Montenegro..........4, 14, 26, 28, 57, 73, 86                      .......................................44, 50, 78, 79, 89                                                                             Virginia ................................................... 28
                                                                                                                                      Strasbourg ....................................... 18, 55
Montpellier ............................................. 69       Poznan ................................................... 53                                                                         Vorarlberg .............................................. 66
                                                                                                                                      Stuttgart ....................................34, 52, 68
Montreal ................................................ 30       Prague ................ 9, 10, 11, 14, 25, 28, 30,                 Styria ......................................... 18, 57, 82
Moravia ................................................ 8, 9      ......................... 32, 39, 43, 48, 52, 53, 56,                                                                                                               W
                                                                   ................................ 59, 63, 72, 78, 84, 85            Subotica ........................................... 40, 51
Moscow ............11, 25, 28, 29, 30, 35, 49,                                                                                        Suure-Jaani ........................................... 47
...........................50, 53, 63, 70, 72, 77, 78              Prešov .................................................... 40
                                                                                                                                      Sweden ....................18, 27, 39, 50, 84, 89                  Warsaw ....................35, 37, 48, 50, 69, 77
Mumbai .................................................. 77       Pretoria ................................ 24, 25, 47, 70
                                                                                                                                      Switzerland ..........7, 16, 17, 24, 26, 27, 33,                   Washington D.C. .................................... 77
Munich ....................10, 23, 25, 29, 32, 33,                 Priština ............................................ 47, 88
                                                                                                                                      ............................... 38, 41, 45, 50, 54, 68,            Western Cape Province .......................... 25
...................34, 38, 39, 40, 45, 46, 49, 50,                                                                                    .......................................78, 81, 82, 84, 89
...........................51, 52, 56, 57, 69, 72, 78                                                                                                                                                    Wiesbaden ............................................. 23
                                                                                                  Q                                   Szombathely ............................................ 8
Murcia .................................................... 20                                                                                                                                           Wolfsburg..........................................41, 51
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Würth ..................................................... 51
                                                                   Qanaker-Zeytun ..................................... 84
                                                                                                                                                                     T
                               N
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        X
                                                                                                  R
                                                                                                                                      Taiwan ................................................... 27
Nagoya ................................. 50, 51, 62, 70
                                                                                                                                      Tallinn ..................................22, 25, 40, 55           Xian .................................................. 20, 84
Nanjing................................................... 37      Radauti .................................................. 72
                                                                                                                                      Tampere ................................................. 18
Nanning ................................................. 62       Rijeka ..................................................... 52
Naples .............................................. 50, 56                                                                          Tanba ..................................................... 84                                    Y
                                                                   Rimini ..................................................... 57
Neiva ...................................................... 28                                                                       Tel Aviv-Yafo .................................... 25, 52
                                                                   Rio de Janeiro ........................................ 51
Nepal...................................................... 75                                                                        Thailand ................................................. 24      Yerevan .................................................. 84
                                                                   Riyadh .................................................... 30
Netherlands ............ 25, 27, 42, 50, 57, 59,                                                                                      The Hague........................................ 19, 20
                                                                   Roanoke ................................................. 28
......................................................... 78, 89                                                                      Thessaloniki..................................... 41, 42                                          Z
                                                                   Romania ............22, 27, 33, 35, 39, 40, 41,
Neuss ............................................... 41, 45       .......................................72, 75, 78, 79, 89          Thüringen............................................... 43
Neu-Ulm................................................. 56        Romanian Dolj ........................................ 18          Timişoara ............................................... 53       Zagreb............... 11, 21, 25, 35, 37, 42, 43,
Newark .................................................. 52       Rome....................... 30, 31, 43, 46, 49, 77                 Tirana..................................................... 21     .......................................52, 59, 63, 70, 73
Newcastle ........................................ 19, 69          Rosenheim ............................................. 39         Tîrgu Mureş ........................................... 40         Záhorska Vés ........................................... 8
New York......29, 31, 34, 50, 52, 77, 82, 83                       Rotterdam ............................ 20, 28, 41, 69              Togo ....................................................... 75    Zaragoza .......................................... 20, 55
Nicaragua .............................................. 85        Russia .....................25, 27, 29, 35, 39, 50,                Tokyo ........... 4, 28, 33, 34, 52, 53, 62, 63,                   Zhejiang ................................................. 25
Nice........................................................ 77    ...................................... 54, 56, 78, 83, 89          ...................................................83, 85, 86
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Zurich........................ 4, 16, 17, 22, 24, 25,
Nicosia ................................................... 21                                                                        Trento..................................................... 34     ......................... 29, 31, 32, 33, 39, 45, 53,
Nigeria ................................................... 27                                    S                                   Trieste .................................................... 30    ................................. 55, 56, 57, 70, 77, 89
Nitra ................................................. 53, 56                                                                        Tripolis ................................................... 56
Noordwijk............................................... 29        Sachsen-Anhalt ..................................... 22            Trnava ................................................ 8, 40
North Rhine-Westphalia ......................... 45                Saitama.............................................41, 47         Tunis .......................... 4, 10, 11, 39, 53, 70
Norway............................................. 27, 50         Salching ................................................. 39      Tunisia ................................... 4, 11, 56, 71
Nové Zámky ........................................... 40          Salzburg ............................... 21, 23, 41, 89            Turin ....................................................... 68




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                                                                                                                                                                                 City Council
                                                                                                                                                                               (100 members)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Commissions

                                                                                                                                                                                 City Senate
                                           District Council Committees                     District Councils                                                                        Mayor
                                                                                                                                                                          and 13 City Councillors *)



                                                                                         District Chairpersons                                                                     Mayor




           Administrative Group               Administrative Group                      Administrative Group                     Administrative Group                     Administrative Group                Administrative Group
      Integration, Women’s Issues,        Finance, Economic Affairs and           Education, Youth, Information and           Cultural Affairs and Science           Public Health and Social Affairs     Urban Development, Traffic and
         Consumer Protection and              Vienna Public Utilities                          Sports                                                                                                               Transport
                Personnel
         Executive City Councillor           Executive City Councillor                 Executive City Councillor                Executive City Councillor                 Executive City Councillor          Executive City Councillor



          Municipal Departments               Municipal Departments                     Municipal Departments                   Municipal Departments                      Municipal Departments              Municipal Departments
      1 General Personnel Matters         4 General Financial and                 10 Vienna Children's Day Care             7 Cultural Affairs                      15 Public Health Services of the     14 Automated Data Processing,
                                            Economic Affairs; Duties and             Centres                                                                           City of Vienna                       Information and
                                            Charges                                                                                                                                                         Communications Technologies


      2 Personnel Services                5 Finance, Budget and Statistics        11 Youth and Family Welfare               8 City Archives                         24 Health Care and Social Welfare    18 Urban Development and
                                                                                     Office                                                                            Planning                             Planning




      3 Occupational Safety and Health    6 Accounting Services                   13 Education, Out-of-School               9 Vienna City Library                   40 Social Welfare, Social and        19 Architecture and Urban
                                                                                     Activities for Children and                                                       Public Health Law                    Design
                                                                                     Young People



     17 Integration and Diversity        27 EU Strategy and Economic              44 Municipal Swimming Pools                                                       70 Ambulance and Patient            21A District Planning and Land Use
                                            Development                                                                                                                Transport Services                   Central West




     26 Data Protection and              68 Fire Services and Disaster            51 Sports Office                                                                  Enterprise pursuant to Article 71   21B District Planning and Land Use
        E-Government                        Relief                                                                                                                     of the Vienna City Statutes          South and Northeast

                                                                                                                                                                  KAV Vienna Hospital Association


     35 Immigration, Citizenship and                                              53 Press and Information                                                                                               28 Road Management and
        Registry Offices                                                             Services                                                                                                               Construction




     38 Food Safety Department                                                    55 Community Services                                                                                                  29 Bridge Construction and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Foundation Engineering




     54 Procurement                                                               56 Vienna Schools                                                                                                      33 Public Lighting




     57 Promotion and Co-ordination                                                                                                                                                                      41 Surveyors
        of Women's Issues




     59 Market Authority                                                                                                                                                                                 46 Traffic Management and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organisation




     60 Veterinary Board                                                                                                                                                                                 65 Legal Affairs: Traffic and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Transport




     62 Elections and Specific                                                                                                                                                                           67 Supervision of On-Street
        Legal Affairs                                                                                                                                                                                       Parking
                                                       Legend:
                                                                         Authority to give instructions
                                                                         Authority to give instructions to officials with special assignments in the framework of their
                                                                         Administrative Group
     63 Commerce and Trade,
        Legal Aspects of Food Safety                                     Request for examination by the Mayor or an Executive City Councillor for matters pertaining to his/her
                                                                         Administrative Group and/or decision by the City Council or Monitoring Committee to carry out an
                                                                         examination
                                                                         *) of whom 8 Executive City Councillors




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                                                               THE ORGANISATION OF THE VIENNA CITY ADMINISTRATION
                                                                                                                                                            Organisational chart edited by the
    City Council Committees                                                                                                                                 Executive Group for Construction and
    (Monitoring Committee)                                                                                                                                  Technology, Section 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                     As per: April 1, 2009




      Auditing Department




     Administrative Group                Administrative Group                  Chief Executive Office
        Environment                  Housing, Housing Construction
                                          and Urban Renewal


    Executive City Councillor           Executive City Councillor             Chief Executive Director



    Municipal Departments                Municipal Departments          Co-ordination Unit / Strategy and                     Special                                  Municipal                   Special bodies
                                                                        Communication                                       assignments                              District Offices         not subject to directions
22 Environmental Protection         25 Urban Renewal and
                                       Assessment in Matters of         Executive Office of the Mayor                                                  for the 1st and 8th Districts    Vienna Children's and Youth
                                       Housing Construction and                                                                                                                         Ombuds-Office
                                                                        Co-ordination of Climate Protection     Director General of Urban Planning,    for the 2nd District
                                       Promotion                        Measures                                Development and Construction                                            Office of the Healthcare
31 Vienna Waterworks                34 Building and Facility                                                                                           for the 3rd District             Commissioner
                                                                        Personnel Office of the Vienna Public   Group Director of the Finance
                                       Management                                                               Administration Group                   for the 4th and 5th Districts    Vienna Ombuds-Office for
                                                                        Utilities
                                                                                                                                                                                        Environmental Protection
                                                                                                                                                       for the 6th and 7th Districts
                                                                                                                                                                                        Ombuds Office for Animal Protection
                                                                                  Executive Group                        Executive Directors           for the 9th District
36 Inspection of Business           37 Building Inspection                          for Strategy                                                                                        Safety Spokespersons
                                                                                                                of International Relations
   Establishments, Electrical and                                                                                                                      for the 10th District            Independent Officer for Occupational
   Gas Equipment, Fire Prevention                                                                               of Personnel and Internal Auditing                                      Safety and Health
                                                                                                                                                       for the 11th District
   and Official Authorisation of                                                  Executive Group               for Legal Affairs
   Events                                                                         for Legal Affairs                                                    for the 12th District            Equal Opportunities
                                                                                                                of Organisation, Safety and Security                                    Commission
42 Parks and Gardens                39 Research Centre, Laboratory                                                                                                 th          th
                                                                                                                                                       for the 13 and 14 Districts
                                       and Certification Services                                                                                                                       Equal Opportunities Advisors
                                                                                  Executive Group                                                      for the 15th District
                                                                                                                               Directors                                                Equal Opportunities
                                                                                 for Personnel and
                                                                                                                                                       for the 16th District            Contact Persons
                                                                                  Internal Auditing             for the Co-ordination of Financial
                                                                                                                Interests in Economic and              for the 17th District
45 Water Management                 50 Housing Promotion and                                                                                                                                      Special appellate
                                                                                                                Technological Matters
                                       Arbitration Board for Legal                Executive Group                                                      for the 18th District                         authorities
                                       Housing Matters                      for Organisation, Safety and        for the Co-ordination of the Co-
                                                                                                                operation of the Enterprise "City of   for the 19th District            Independent Administrative Tribunal
                                                                                      Security
                                                                                                                Vienna - Housing in Vienna" with all               th                   Duties Appeals Commission
                                                                                                                Municipal Departments                  for the 20 District
48 Waste Management, Street         64 Legal Affairs: Construction,                                                                                                                     Supreme Building Authority
   Cleaning and Vehicle Fleet          Energy, Railways, Traffic and              Executive Group               for the Coordination and Co-           for the 21st District
                                       Aviation                           for Construction and Technology       operation of Vienna Healthcare                                          Provincial Agricultural Senate
                                                                                                                                                       for the 22nd District
                                                                                                                Facilities with the European Union                                      Public Tendering Monitoring Senate
                                                                                                                of Communications and Media            for the 23rd District
                                                                                   Executive Group                                                                                      Appellate Senate
49 Forestry Office and Urban        69 Real Estate Management
                                                                             for International Relations        of Education, Youth, Family and                                         Public Service Regulations Senate
   Agriculture
                                                                                                                Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                        Disciplinary Commission
                                                                                                                for Financial Management in the
                                                                                                                Administrative Group for Public
                                                                                                                Health and Social Affairs
58 Water Rights                     Enterprise pursuant to Article 71
                                       of the Vienna City Statutes                                              for Structural Development in the
                                                                                                                Administrative Group for Public
                                        Housing in Vienna                                                       Health and Social Affairs
                                                                                                                of Decentralisation
Enterprise pursuant to Article 71                                                                               of Community Services, District
   of the Vienna City Statutes                                                                                  Offices and Data Protection
    Vienna Waste Water
    Management
                                                                                                                Climate Protection Co-ordinator


                                                                                                                           Group Directors
                                                                                                                Building Construction Group
                                                                                                                Urban Planning Group
                                                                                                                Environmental Technology Group


                                                                                                                          Project Directors
                                                                                                                for Consumer Protection and
                                                                                                                Services
                                                                                                                for the Implementation in the Vienna
                                                                                                                City Administration of the Directive
                                                                                                                2006/123/EC of the European
                                                                                                                Parliament and of the Council on
                                                                                                                services in the internal market (the
                                                                                                                Services Directive)




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     CONTACT
     Chief Executive Office of the City of Vienna
     Executive Group for International Relations
     Director of International Relations
     Dr. Oskar Wawra

     Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 3
     A-1082 Vienna
     Austria

     Telephone: +43-1-4000-82 561
     Fax: +43-1-4000-7200
     E-mail: post@md-ab.wien.gv.at
     www.wien.gv.at/international




     Owner and publisher: Vienna City Administration,
     Executive Group for International Relations (MD-AB)

     Press date: 1 February 2009.

     Editor and coordinator: Thomas J. Resch

     Translation: Maria Bennett, Angela Parker, Vera Ribarich

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