Wien, 26. October 2012 Press release

Spindelegger: "The Austrian Foreign Ministry is at your service world-wide"

Vienna, 26 October 2012 – “I am pleased to see so many Austrians taking the opportunity to visit the Foreign Ministry at the Open House Day with which we are marking the Austrian National Holiday today. The motto of the Open House Day is “World-wide at your service” and visitors are informed about all the various tasks and activities of our Ministry“, Vice-Chancellor, Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in a welcoming address to the huge crowd of visitors.

One of the focal areas of this year’s event was the European Union. State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka engaged in a dialogue about Europe and answered the question of interested citizens. There was also an exhibition of original documents of Austria's accession to the EU, shown for the first time. Another focus was on Austria's foreign policy, and in particular the future regions of the Danube and Black Sea areas. "Today's Open House Day is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate what we have achieved and what objectives we have set ourselves for the coming years", Spindelegger said.

A highlight for many visitors was the virtual discovery tour of the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs on facebook. The Ministry recently joined facebook to facilitate even more convenient dialogue with interested Austrians. The various activities and the Citizens' Help Desk are presented on www.facebook.com/aussenministerium. "The services we provide to our citizens are very important for us – also in the world wide web", the Foreign Minister said.

The youngest visitors of the Open House Day had the opportunity to attend a music workshop and to have their faces painted with flags. Other highlights were, among other things, live music from Guatemala and Madagascar, an exhibition of Austrian Development Cooperation, and the presentation of various projects of Austria's international cultural policy.

Vice-Chancellor, Federal Minister Spindelegger was very pleased by the large number of people who took advantage of this event to visit the ministry. "People are clearly very interested in the work of the Foreign Ministry and what Austrian embassies and consulates can do for them worldwide. The many visitors today are clear proof of this”, he concluded.

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Vienna, 26 October 2011 – “I am pleased to see so many Austrians taking the opportunity to visit the Foreign Ministry at the Open House Day with which we are marking the Austrian National Holiday today. This year’s motto of the Open House Day is “World-wide at your service” and visitors are informed about all the various tasks and activities of our Ministry“, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in a welcoming address to the huge crowd of visitors.

One of the focal areas this year was Austria’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council. Spindelegger: “Since joining the UN Human Rights Council in May, we have been advocating the protection of minorities, promotion of children’s rights and protection of journalists. Today’s Open House Day is a welcome opportunity for us to present our achievements as well as the goals that we have set ourselves for the years to come to the Austrian people.

A highlight for many visitors was the virtual discovery tour of Austrian development work. The presentation of the new smart phone application of the Foreign Ministry also attracted a lot of interest: “It is important to us to offer the best service to our fellow Austrians. Since August, the smart phone application of the Foreign Ministry has been available to download free of charge. In addition to information on various countries, the application also tells you for example what to do when you have lost your passport, or any other important document, or what to do if you have an accident abroad? Our range of services now fits into any suitcase, and travellers have all the important information and tips that they may need in the event of an emergency always at hand wherever and whenever”, the Foreign Minister explained.

Also on the agenda of the Open House Day were, among other things, the travelling exhibition “Die EU und Du”, a presentation of the future regions of the Danube and Black Sea area, and a presentation of Austria’s International Culture. Vice-Chancellor, Foreign Minister Spindelegger was very pleased by the large crowds of people who took advantage of this event to see the ministry and its work first hand. “People are clearly very interested in the work of the Foreign Ministry and what Austrian embassies and consulates can do for them worldwide. The many visitors today are proof of this”, he concluded.

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