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Vienna Economic Forum has completed a “summer cocktail in a small setting” instead of the 19th traditional garden party “Culinary and musical journey through the member countries”.

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Family photo (f.l.t.r.): First row: Dr. h.c. Ivo Ivanovski, M.Sc, Board Member A1 Telekom Austria Group; Dr. Wolfgang Pospischil, CEO, Pöyry Management Consulting Austria GmbH; Dr. Achim Kaspar, COO, Verbund AG, VEF -Vizepräsident ; H. E. Mag. Ksenija Škrilec, Botschafterin von Slowenien; DI Peter Umundum, VEF- President; Amb. Dr. Elena Kirtcheva, VEF – Secretary General; Mag. Harald Neumann, Advisor Novomatic AG, VEF – Vice-President: Mag. Heinz Messinger, Managing Director AME International GmbH, VEF- Financial Officer and Vice-President; Second row: H. E. Bogdan Mazuru, Ambassador of Romania; H.E. Victor Osipov, Ambassador of Moldova; H.E. Lulzim Pllana, Ambassador of Kosovo; H.E. Dr. Ivan Sirakov, Ambassador of Bulgaria; Mr. Vadym Kovalevskyi, Minister – counsellor, Embassy of Ukrain; Dr. Stephan Pachinger, Partner, Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, VEF- Board Member.


On June 19, 2020, VEF President DI Peter Umundum, Board Member for Paket & Logistik at Österreichische Post AG and VEF Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva organized a “Summer Cocktail in a Small Setting” instead of the 19th Traditional Garden Party “Culinary and Musical Journey through the Member States”.

The invited guests, the ambassadors of the VEF member countries, members of the ambassador committee of the Vienna Economic Forum and members of the VEF board accepted the invitation and discussed the overall economic situation in the region as well as in the unique trumpet hall at the headquarters of Austrian Post exchanged the further active development of regional cooperation.

In her opening words, the Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva talked about the origin and the 18-year history of the traditional VEF garden party, this beloved summer event of all member countries of the Vienna Economic Forum and invited everyone to the next anniversary garden party in June 2021.

VEF President DI Peter Umundum emphasized: “Especially in such challenging times, we must not neglect the mutual exchange, it needs a lively exchange and a closer cooperation, just as the Vienna Economic Forum has been implementing since its foundation. The reception was not only used for face-to-face discussions, but we were also able to discuss the further path and the direction of the forum.

All participants really enjoyed the “little surprise of a musical journey” portrayed by Wladigeroff BrothersH.E. Victor Osipov, Ambassador of Moldova, took the opportunity to say goodbye to his Ambassadors and to VEF representatives for the end of his mandate in Austria and expressed his gratitude for the excellent cooperation with Vienna Economic Forum.

The host and VEF President DI Peter Umundum invited everyone to the “culinary journey”, which ended the event in a friendly and wonderful atmosphere.

As a nice reminder, all guests received a valid Austrian Post AG stamp with their own photo on it produced on site.

In addition to the information material from Österreichische Post AG, the new VEF brochure Review 2019 / Preview 2020 was handed out to guests.

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On behalf of the Board of Vienna Economic forum and together with Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors, Members of the Ambassador Committee of Vienna Economic Forum, we would like to inform all our Members, Partners and Friends, that the 19th Traditional Garden Party „Culinary and musical journey through the member countries of Vienna Economic Forum”, planned for 19th of June 2020, must be postponed due to the regulations enforced upon the current quarantine circumstances.    

We would be delighted to once again welcome all of you to our mutual, traditional and pleasant summer event on Friday, 18th of June 2021!

We wish you and your Family to “Stay healthy!” and we are hopeful and impatient, looking forward to the next Vienna Economic Forum Garden Party Summer 2021!