Austria stages numerous events in celebration of the new Member States’ EU accession
Vienna, 26 April 2004 - Numerous celebrations will be staged throughout Austria on the occasion of the enlargement of the European Union on 1 May 2004.
In order to provide an overview of the many national, regional and local enlargement festivities, the Foreign Ministry together with the Federal Chancellery has compiled a comprehensive list of events. This list of events that covers more than 25 pages can be called up both on the homepage of the Foreign Ministry at www.aussenministerium.at and on the enlargement homepage of the Federal Chancellery at www.europa2004.gv.at ("Service/Veranstaltungen"). Below a few highlights from this list of events:
In the individual federal provinces, the huge spectrum of initiatives includes many different events ranging from exhibitions, conferences and joint language and cultural seminars through concerts, band meetings and pilgrimages to cross-border bike trips and even marathon races.
Therefore, as Foreign Minister Ferrero-Waldner puts it, "Austria is perfectly equipped for the challenges of the upcoming EU enlargement - even in terms of events and celebrations."