International Organizations in Austria

International organisations and institutions based in Vienna and surroundings

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), founded in Baghdad in 1960, has been based in Vienna since 1965. This intergovernmental organisation is dedicated to coordinating its member countries’ oil producing policies, achieving stable prices for petroleum-producing countries and insuring reliable oil supplies to consumer countries. The organisation consists of the OPEC Conference, the Board of Governors Secretariat, currently headed by the Secretary General (Abdalla Salem El-Badri) who is appointed by the OPEC Conference.

Hoch-und Deutschmeister Palais - seat of OFID

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), established by the OPEC Member Countries in January 1976 is also based in Vienna. The OPEC Fund under it's current Director-General Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, which is financed through voluntary contributions derived from the member countries’ oil revenues. It seeks to contribute to the development of Third World countries by offering loans and grants to non-OPEC developing countries and to international development agencies.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), headed by Secretary General Lambero Zannier is an organization which promotes stability, cooperation and security in Europe. In the past decade, the OSCE has become an operating organization launching 18 missions in the area of the former Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) area and on the Balkans.
In close technical and organizational cooperation with OSCE institutions (the Forum for Security Co-operation and the Permanent Council) the bodies set up by the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and the open Skies Treary hold meetings in Vienna.

The global successor to COCOM is the Secretariat of the Wassenaar Arrangement on export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, which started operating in Vienna in 1997.

The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia was established in the same year by a EU Council regulation and took up office in Vienna in 1998. Following the Council Regulation Nr 168/2007, it was transformed into the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). Having taken office on 16 December 2015, Michael O’Flaherty from Ireland is now Director of the FRA (European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights). It has been mandated with providing the European Union and its Member States with objective and comparable information on racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic phenomena discernible at the European level. The Racism and Xenophobia European Network (RAXEN) was established to support the FRA in the tasks generally related to the collection and provision of data.

By locating the Immediate Central Contact for The Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) against the Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in 2002, a further step was taken towards strengthening Vienna’s position as the seat and headquarters of international organisations. In the same year, the European Space Agency (ESA) decided to base the newly founded European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna.

The Secretariat of the Energy Community has been based in Vienna since 2006. Its Contracting Parties are the European Union on the one hand and the eight Contracting States Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine on the other. The main goal pursued by the Energy Community is expanding the EU Single Energy Market to include South-Eastern Europe.

In 2011 several International Organizations opened premises in Austria. Vienna’s profile as a platform for peace and security was underpinned by the establishment of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). 

Since 2011 Vienna also hosts three offices of the World-Bank Group (International Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopementIBRD, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency – MIGA, International Finance CorporationIFC). Furthermore, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which fosters the international cooperation in the realm of migration established a regional office in Vienna in the same year. The liaison office has a special focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as Central Asia.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) was established in 1993 upon initiative of Austria and Switzerland. The headquarters of this International Organization is located in Vienna. ICMPD has become an important partner for its now 15 Member States and for the EU in the development of innovative and sustainable migration concepts and projects, in particular when it comes to cooperation with Third Countries in the Eastern or Southern neighbourhood of the EU.

Moreover the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) was inaugurated in 2011.

Finally, in the same year, the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) was founded in Laxenburg.