Vienna, 30 September 2009 Press release

Spindelegger: "Further strengthen Vienna as a centre of international energy dialogue"

Signing of the agreement for the new OPEC Headquarters in Vienna

Vienna, 30 September 2009 - "In recent years, Vienna has established itself as a centre of international dialogue on energy issues. The annual meetings between EU and OPEC ministers in Vienna also underscore Vienna’s role as an important node in the international energy network. A variety of matured links have developed throughout the years between OPEC and Vienna as its official seat. The new building of the OPEC is another visible expression of this. We are thus underlining our strong support for this leading energy organization", said Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger in connection with today's signing of the agreement for the new Headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) together with OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri. The new Headquarters, located in the First Vienna District, Wipplingerstraße 33, will be delivered in November 2009.

"Energy and climate change are not only integral elements of human security, but also issues that affect the future of all of us, and for which we must find solutions together. In this respect, Vienna is an intersection for international expertise and for a targeted cooperation in the area of energy", said the Foreign Minister, pointing out to the total of eight international organizations with an energy-related mandate based in Vienna. Apart from OPEC and the OPEC Fund for International Development, these include the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Energy Community for South East Europe, the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), and the future liaison office of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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