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Annual general meeting of the Vienna Economic Forum on March 9, 2020

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The annual general meeting of the Vienna Economic Forum took place

on March 9, 2020 at the headquarters of Österreichische Post AG, Rochusplatz 1, 1030 Vienna.

The President DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner opened the meeting, welcomed the members present and gave the floor to the host, DI Peter Umundum, who in turn welcomed the guests to the Trumpet Hall of the corporate headquarters of Österreichische Post AG.

The Secretary General Ambassador a. D. Dr. Elena Kirtcheva reported on the

VEF activities in a very successful year for Vienna Economic Forum 2019 and informed about the planned events in 2020, as well as the relocation of the VEF office from Stubenring 16 to the ambassador quarter on Prinz-Eugen-Straße 58.

The VEF President DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner informed about the admission of new VEF members at the board meeting on February 10, 2020 as follows:

New as cooperation partner:                                                                                

- Steiermärkische Bank and Sparkassen AG

- As a cooperation partner – by changing membership, Pöyry Management Consulting Austria GmbH

As members – legal entities

- Ecolog Germany GmbH

- Serentschy Advisory Services GmbH, Vienna

As a member-natural person

 

- Ms. Irina Yordanova, Director Public Affairs & Projects, Confederation of Employers and Industrials in Bulgaria (CEIBG)

The new VEF members were unanimously welcomed by the general assembly.

The General Assembly also made the following decisions:

Mr. DI Peter UMUNDUM, board member of Österreichische Post AG, was elected as the new VEF presidentfor the next term of office;

As Vice Presidents Mag. Harald Neumann, Novomatic AG, Dr. Ognian Donev, Chairmann of the Board of Directors and Executive Director Sopharma PLC, Bulgaria,

Dr. Achim Kaspar, Member of the Board of VERBUND AG and Mag. Heinz Messinger, Managing Director, AME International GmbH, elected as a financial officer with the skills of a Vice President;

Newly elected VEF board members are:

Mr. Mag. Peter Lennkh, Member of the Board of Directors of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), Mr. Ahmet Burak Dağlioğlu, President, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Investment Office, Dr. Wolfgang Pospischil, Management Director, Pöyry Management Consulting Austria GmbH, Mr. Wilbert Verheijen,Managing Director Canon Central & Eastern Europe GmbH.

The following were re-elected as board members:

Mr. Ahmet Mesut Ersoy, Chairman of the Management Board, CEO, DenizBank AG;

Mr. Emmanuel Forest, CEO, Bouygues Europe, Brussels, Belgium; Dr. Kurt Gollowitzer, CEO, Wien Holding GmbH; Amb. Victor Jackovich, President, Jackovich International, USA;

Dr. Gabriel Lansky, partner, LANSKY, GANGER + partner; Dr. Ludwig Niessen, Chief Operating & Technology Officer, Wiener Börse AG; Prof. Dr. Günther Ofner, Member of the Executive Board, Flughafen Wien AG; Mag. Stefan Szyszkowitz, Spokesman of the Executive Board, EVN AG; Mag. Thomas Arnoldner, CEO, A1 Telekom Austria Group AG; Mr. Aleksandar Vlahovic, President of the Serbian Association of Economists, Serbia; Dr. Klaus Liebscher, Former Governor of the Austrian National Bank; Dr. Karl Blecha, former Federal Minister of Interior of the Republic of Austria.

Ambassador a. D. Dr. Elena Kirtcheva was re-elected as a member of the board and VEF Secretary General for another term of office.

Mr. DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner was unanimously elected Honorary President of the Vienna Economic Forum.

The auditors Mag. Gregor Höpler, Head of Management Secretariat Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) and Mag. Ekkehart Stremizer, Managing Director AME International GmbH, were unanimously re-electedfor another term of office.

The following were confirmed as members of the arbitral tribunal of the Vienna Economic Forum:

KR. Ing. Otto Musilek, Consultant, MEC Management Energy Consulting, member of the Vienna Economic Forum; Mag.Marika Levena, Strategic Advisor, European Investment Bank (EIB), member of the Vienna Economic Forum and Dr. Friedhelm Boschert, Founder, MINDFUL SOLUTIONS and Executive Advisor, member of the Vienna Economic Forum.

Honorary membership in the Vienna Economic Forum's honorary committee was awarded to the following persons: Dr. Sonja Sagmeister-Brandner, author and journalist, ZIB 2, editorship of the current service, ORF; Mr. Sali Limani, “Triple-S Trade”, PR Marketing & Media Company, North Macedonia; Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov, Governor, Municipal Guarantee Fund for SME, s Sofia Municipality.

The following were elected and warmly welcomed as new members of the VEF Ambassador Committee: H. E. Mr. Daniel Gluncic, Ambassador of Croatia; H.E. Mr. Lulzim Pllana, Ambassador of Kosovo and H.E. Mr. Ozan Ceyhun, Ambassador of Turkey.

In a nice ceremony Dr. Rabensteiner the office of president to DI Peter Umundum, who first to DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner thanked for his activities and especially for his calm, factual and cosmopolitan manner and then thanked and emphasized for the trust, he wants to carry the office well into the future and to develop the forum well.

The new VEF President DI Peter Umundum praised the network that had been established in the past few years, the new Vice President Dr. Achim Kaspar thanked DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner for the good cooperation in the past 25 years in the network and emphasizes the foresight and the good steps towards evolution and globalization, which DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner were always forced.

DI Umundum thanked the Secretary General Ambassador a. D. Dr. Elena Kirtcheva and her team, without whom the forum would not exist in this way.

The Secretary General Ambassador a.D. Dr. Elena Kirtcheva expressed a big thank you to all members and partners of the Vienna Economic Forum for the trust and constant support that makes it possible to continue writing the success story of the Vienna Economic Forum.

The host and VEF President DI Peter Umundum then held a small reception in honor of Honorary President DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner, where members had the opportunity to discuss various opportunities and ideas for further cooperation in the Vienna Economic Forum region in an informal atmosphere.

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Ordinary board meeting of the Vienna Economic Forum on February 10, 2020

The annual Ordinary Board Meeting of the Vienna Economic Forum took place on February 10, 2020 in the premises of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, in Seilergasse 16, 1010 Vienna.

The host, Dr. Stephan Pachinger, member of the board of the Vienna Economic Forum, welcomed the attendees and spoke introductory words to the process.

The Secretary General Ambassador a. D. Dr. Elena Kirtcheva reported on VEF activities in a very successful year for Vienna Economic Forum 2019 and informed the board about the planned events in 2020.

Chaired by VEF President DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner unanimously elected new VEF members - as cooperation partners, as members - legal persons and members - natural persons.

Decisions were made to propose to the general assembly to make the following decisions: changes in the board; Election, re-election and co-opting of board members; Updates of various VEF bodies: Honorary Committee, Ambassadorial Committee, Auditor, Arbitration Court.

Afterwards, the board members took the opportunity to discuss various ideas for the further successful development of the Vienna Economic Forum and regional cooperation in the informal atmosphere of a reception.

The Annual General Meeting of the Vienna Economic Forum will take place on March 9, 2020 at the headquarters of Österreichische Post AG, Rochusplatz 1, 1030 in Vienna.

VS2020

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Official visit of the Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic, H.E. Bakyt Dzhusupov at the Vienna Economic Forum

H.E. Mr. Bakyt Dzhusupov, Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic in Vienna, accompanied by Mr. Kanat Tursunkulov, Minister Counselor in the Embassy, ​paid an official visit to the Vienna Economic Forum on 6. March 2020.

During this first meeting with the Secretary General of Vienna Economic Forum, Ambassador Dr.  Elena Kirtcheva, various options for future cooperation between the countries of Central Asia and the Vienna Economic Forum member countries in the economic sector were discussed.

Kyrgis


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Courtesy visit to the Vienna Economic Forum of the new Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey S.E. Mr. Ozan Ceyhun

The new ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, S.E. Mr. Ozan Ceyhun completed a courtesy visit to the Vienna Economic Forum on March 6, 2020.

In an intensive talk with the Secretary General, Ambassador a.D. Dr. Elena Kirtcheva discussed ways to work more closely with the embassy.

Vienna Economic Forum is pleased to see S.E. Mr. Ozan Ceyhun, as a new member of the Ambassador Committee of the Vienna Economic Forum.

H.E. Ceyhun


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Farewell reception to the Ambassador of Kosovo, H.E. Mr. Mag. Sami Ukelli, Member of the Ambassadors Committee of Vienna Economic Forum

On 30 January 2020, the Ambassador of Kosovo, H.E. Mr. Mag. Sami Ukelli, Member of the Ambassadors Committee of Vienna Economic Forum, invited to his farewell reception in the Embassy's premises.

On behalf of the VEF Board, the Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva thanked for the excellent cooperation with the Embassy of Kosovo and personally thanked H.E. Ambassador Sami Ukelli and she gave him the "Badge of Honour of Vienna Economic Forum" with her best wishes for further professional and personal success.

 

Abschiedsempfang Kosovo


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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Vienna Economic Forum and Business Ladies Club Austria (BLC)

In the premises of Vienna Economic Forum on 23 January 2020 was signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by DI Dr. Günther Rabensteiner, President of Vienna Economic Forum, and Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva with Ms. Velina Ileva, Chairwoman of Business Ladies Club (BL) Austria.

In view of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two parties would like to establish good cooperation and promote the development of further economic activities.

The Business Ladies Club (BLC) has nominated VEF-Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva for her positive and professional contribution to the good image of Bulgaria as an outgoing personality of the year 2019 and awarded her the BLC Honorary Award "Golden Rose 2019" on 12 January 2020.

 

BLC MoU