Jakarta, 23 October 2007 Press release

Joint celebration of Central European unity in Jakarta


The ambassadors of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia are celebrating their national holidays together

Jakarta, 23 October 2007 - Four countries, one cause - on 25 October, the ambassadors of the Central European EU partners Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia will celebrate their adjacent national holidays together, in order to point out the good partnership between the four neighbours.

Indonesia, one of ASEAN’s heartlands, has been carefully observing the European integration for years, in order to gain more understanding of the possibilities and limits of the current reform in the Southeast Asian group of states. By celebrating the national holidays together, the objective is to clearly illustrate the vitality of the European project.

In Jakarta’s Borobodur hotel, a large Central European buffet will feature dishes with which all four nations can easily associate with. Austria’s Ambassador Klaus Wölfer and his wife Diane, for instance, will be presenting an original Sacher pie flown in from Vienna for the occasion, and will serve Liptauer spread and G’spritzen (wine diluted with soda) on "national" wine tavern tables. On the neighbour’s tables, the Czech Ambassador will be serving Pilsner beer and Prague ham, his Hungarian colleague Tokaj, and the Slovakian Ambassador red wines.

The reception of the four Central European nations in Jakarta is the first of its kind in the world, though there has been a varied and close cooperation between the foreign ministries of the four countries for some time. The active efforts of Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik helped further deepen cooperation in consular affairs, for instance by maintaining joint visa offices in third countries.

The official representatives of Indonesia are welcoming this joint project. It offers them the opportunity to meet representatives of four nations at one place and get to know their cultural and culinary specialties at the same time.

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