Vienna, 26 October 2009 Press release

Spindelegger: "The Foreign Ministry is there for you, worldwide at your service"

"Open House“ in the Foreign Ministry

Vienna, 26 October 2009 – "There for you, worldwide at your service – this is not just a slogan for us, but our service to Austrians around the world", said Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger on the occasion of today’s "Open House" at the Foreign Ministry."I am particularly keen on ensuring the safety of Austrians and their best possible support abroad.With the citizen service operating in Vienna, and our some 100 embassies and professional consulates worldwide, we represent a safety net for our countrymen around the world", said Spindelegger.

Apart from the credit-card sized "emergency card”, which contains all the important telephone numbers, Foreign Minister Spindelegger presented the new suitcase tags on which travellers can write their contact data.In addition to these small practical presents, visitors also received comprehensive information on Austria's membership in the UN Security Council and on EU topics.Visitors had a chance to take a quiz to test their knowledge on the EU, and a lottery offering two plane tickets and accommodation in New York.

"The large numbers of visitors today have once again demonstrated the great interest in the Foreign Ministry and its activities.I am very pleased to see this.The Foreign Ministry remains the competence centre and point of contact for questions on all European and international topics", said Spindelegger.


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