Dialogue between France and the Republic of Austria has traditionally been close and of high quality, favored by the long-standing tradition of speaking French among Austrian elites and the Austrian State Treaty of 1955.
This in-depth dialogue intensified in 2006, in particular thanks to the Austrian Presidency of the EU. Regular consultation is conducted on European issues, on which the two countries most often have very close positions.
Chancellor Gusenbauer made a working visit to Paris on November 14th and 15th, 2007: he was received by the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.
Austria provided clear support for the French presidency of the European Union during a visit to Vienna by the President of the Republic on May 30th, 2008, where he was received by President Fischer and Chancellor Gusenbauer.
Chancellor Faymann subsequently made a working visit to Paris on March 4th, 2009 during which he was received by the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.
The Austro-French Center (CFA) is an important vector for bilateral dialogue
The Austro-French Center for Reconciliation in Europe is an intergovernmental organization created in 1978 at the initiative of B. Kreisky and J. Chirac to promote contacts between Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, France and Austria have worked to contribute, jointly, by mobilizing their political and economic expertise in the CFA, to preparing the accession of Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) to the European Union.
On November 27th-28th, 2008 the Center celebrated its 30th anniversary in Paris with an event dedicated to the future of European policies. Based in Vienna, it is funded equally by the two governments. The IFRI - whose Managing Director is the current president of the Center - is associated with its work.
Updated on 25.05.10
Fight against the Ebola epidemic – Meeting between Annick Girardin and the UN coordinator for Ebola (09.09.14)
France is in close contact with its European partners and called for the swift organization, in Brussels, of a high-level mobilization and coordination meeting.
Africa – Terrorism – Meeting of the African Union (02.09.14)
France welcomes the meeting on September 2 in Nairobi that the African Union Peace and Security Council devoted to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, under the chairmanship of Idriss Déby, President of the Republic of Chad, in which it participated.
Fight against the Ebola epidemic – Meeting between Annick Girardin and the representatives of French organizations on the ground (04.09.14)
Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will travel to Guinea in the next few days to signal France’s commitment to the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
Ebola epidemic – Sending of French healthcare reinforcements to Guinea (04.09.14)
In response to the appeal by the World Health Organization (WHO), Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights, are scaling up France’s assistance in the fight against the Ebola epidemic by sending a contingent of healthcare and medical experts to Guinea.
Golan Heights – Kidnapping of blue helmets (29.08.14)
France condemns the detention by armed groups of 43 Fijian blue helmets deployed within the framework of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights (UNDOF), as well as the surrounding of Filipino blue helmets.
Ebola epidemic – Joint statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Minister of Social Affairs and Health (08.08.14)
The ministers welcome the WHO’s decision and all the recommendations formulated by the Emergency Committee. They support the priority actions adopted by the health ministers of 11 countries at the Accra meeting organized by ECOWAS.
Situation of the Eastern Christians - Communiqué issued by Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve (28.07.14)
The situation of the Eastern Christians is unfortunately dramatic. The ultimatum issued to these communities in Mosul by ISIS is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat facing these people – who have historically been an integral part of the region – by jihadist groups in Iraq as well as Syria and elsewhere.
5+5 dialogue - 11th Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (22.05.14)
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss regional issues and the common challenges faced by the 10 countries – both in the area of security, with the situation in the Sahel-Sahara region, and in the economic field.
Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (28-30.04.14)
The 6th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States took place from April 28 to 30 in Mérida, Mexico. It marked the 20th anniversary of this regional organization of which France has been an associate member since it was established in 1994.
Ibero-American General Secretariat – Election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan (01.04.14)
France welcomes the unanimous election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, former Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica, as head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat.
ECOWAS – Election of the Ghanaian chair (29.03.14)
France congratulates President John Dramani Mahama on his election as chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Presidency of the African Union in 2014 (30.01.14)
France warmly congratulates Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on his election as chairman of the African Union in 2014. It expresses its full trust in the new chairman and wishes him every success in carrying out his mandate.
Support for independent Arab media: CFI, operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strengthens its position (January 2014)
Canal France International (CFI), the French cooperation agency and media operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently signed two substantial contracts (worth €2.7million) with the European Union to develop projects in support of independent media in the Arab world.
African Union - Presentation of border archives (29.11.13)
These documents concern 45 treaties and maps of countries in West, North and East Africa during the period of 1845-1956.
Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security (14.11.13)
The challenges posed by trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism concern us all and require more effective control of Libya’s border areas, and more generally the Sahara-Sahel region.
Visit to Paris by José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) (21-22.02.13)
The discussions provided an opportunity to confirm France’s determination to deepen its political relations and strengthen its cooperation with all countries of the region.
“Latin America – a major foreign policy objective” - Op-ed published by Laurent Fabius in the French newspaper Le Figaro (20.02.13)
Starting on February 21, I will travel to three Latin American countries – Colombia, Panama and Peru – to work on revitalizing our relations with this continent. My visit to the region, following those by the president and the prime minister, has a clear purpose: we want to foster a lasting rapprochement with Latin America; this is a major foreign policy objective for us.
Election of Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union (28.01.13)
France welcomes the election of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union. It commends the exemplary work of the outgoing presidency held by Benin, notably with respect to Mali, for which it encouraged the mobilization of the African and international community.
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