Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defense in Brussels

Karin Kneissl - Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

On 18 December 2017 Karin Kneissl was appointed Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

The Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Picture: BMEIAKarin Kneissl

Here we provide you with information about current events and developments regarding NATO and the Austrian Mission in Brussels.

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Austria and NATO

Austria and NATO

During the last 20 years Austria enhanced its relationship with  NATO considerably. Like other neutral and non-aligned countries Austria cooperates with the Alliance through the Partnership for Peace (PfP), as a member of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), and by supporting peacekeeping missions. Special emphasis is put on the Protection of Civilians and the role of women in peace and security.

Austrian EU-Presidency 2018

On 1 July 2018 Austria will, for the third time (after 1998 and 2006), take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. As the presiding country, Austria can contribute significantly to the legislative and political work of the Council. However, due to the changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, the free scope for action is more limited compared to the 1998 and 2006 presidencies.

The EU Presidency of Austria is a project of the entire Federal Government and already last year the preparations intensified. The Austrian Presidency in the second half of 2018 will have to deal with a large number of complex and challenging dossiers, including: internal and external security, external borders protection, reform of the common European asylum system, digital single market, energy union, budget 2019, multiannual financial framework beyond 2020, enlargement of the EU, European Neighborhood and finalization of negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit).

More about Austria's EU Presidency in the 2nd half of 2018.

Internship Possibilities

Illustration of the job market of the Republic of Austria

Internships at the Austrian Mission to NATO are available to students and graduates of Fachhochschulen as well as universities and offer the opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge about the tasks and daily work of the Mission.