Austria – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Vienna, 21 June 2018)


European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau is in Vienna today. She will discuss major European issues with her counterpart, Gernot Blümel, and with Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck. She will also present France’s European priorities for its future EU Council presidency.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Franco-Austrian Center for Rapprochement in Europe, Ms. Loiseau will attend a conference on the future of the European Union, which is also a citizen consultation on Europe. This event will bring together numerous French and Austrian experts on European issues, political figures, members of international think tanks, and European Commission representatives. Discussions will focus on three themes: “to better protect – security and migration”; “the EU’s defense, enlargement, and foreign policies”; and “competitiveness, solidarity and subsidiarity.” To facilitate interaction with the public, the discussions will be streamed over the Internet and everyone will be able to participate directly via social networks, using the hashtag #ZukunftDerEU.

During her visit, the European affairs minister will review migratory issues with Fabrice Leggeri, director of the Frontex agency, who is also in Vienna, and will meet with Michael O’Flaherty, director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

She will also visit the French school in Vienna to announce important projects relating to our bilateral cooperation: the opening of an international German-language section, and the signing of a partnership agreement with the Sorbonne on a double bilingual curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree.