Friendship Masks for Lower Austria

During their meeting in the province’s capital St. Pölten last week, Ambassador Traina discussed with Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner the economic relations between the United States and Lower Austria and thanked her for the invitation to attend the musical festival at Grafenegg. The Ambassador’s gift of 25,000 friendship masks will be used in the health sector.

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Friendship Masks for Styria

Ambassador Traina visited Styria last week. During his meeting with Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer, both emphasized the importance of trade relations between the United States and Styria. (And they enjoyed a glass of excellent Styrian wine.) The Ambassador also presented the Governor with 25,000 friendship masks.

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To the thousands in Austria who raised their voices – we thank you!

Thank you for your demonstration of solidarity with American civil society. The peaceful exercise of free speech is one of our most sacred rights, and something that unites Austria and America. We must be unified in the face of racism and injustice, not just in the United States or Austria, but globally. The United States …

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Friendship Masks for Burgenland

Ambassador Traina continued delivery of the “Friendship Masks,” a donation of 500,000 masks from the United States to Austria, during a visit to the Austrian province’s capital Eisenstadt. He presented Governor Hans Peter Doskozil with 10,000 cloth masks for use in provincial government service agencies.

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Friendship Masks for Salzburg

Two days ago, Ambassador Traina delivered the second contingent of friendship masks allocated to Austria’s provinces to Salzburg Governor Wilfried Haslauer. 26,000 of the 500,000 face masks donated by the United States to Austria will be distributed to retirement homes, facilities for disabled people, schools, and kindergartens across Salzburg province. Cesár Sampson, who represented Austria …

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Friendship Masks for Upper Austria

Ambassador Trevor Traina met Governor Thomas Stelzer in Upper Austria’s capital Linz this week and presented him with 25,000 face masks for his province. These “friendship masks” will be distributed to the communities and provided to kindergartens and schools, for example. At the joint press conference, both the Ambassador and the Governor emphasized the excellent …

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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Vienna

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross arrived in Austria last Tuesday. In his meetings with Minister of Finance Gernot Blümel , Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck , and Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology Leonore Gewessler , he discussed bilateral economic and trade relations. The USA is one of Austria’s most important trading partners, ranking second among the country’s export destinations. Austria is one of the fastest growing sources of foreign direct investment in the United States – with Austrian companies …

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Ambassador Traina meets with Foreign Minister Schallenberg

At their meeting today at the Austrian Foreign Ministry , Ambassador Traina and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg confirmed their intention to further deepen the excellent relations between the two countries in various areas.

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Grand Opening of the Austrian-American Society

  “And this is what the Austro-American Society is all about: friendship at every level of society.” In his remarks at the grand opening of the Austrian-American Society refurbished club quarters in Vienna last night, Ambassador Traina pointed out the significance of bilateral relationships on the personal level, and the important role of the AAS: “The close …

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Ambassador Traina’s Trip to Tyrol

Ambassador Traina had a busy schedule for his trip to Tyrol. He had his inaugural visit with Governor Günther Platter . Topic of conversation were u.a. the economic relationships between the USA and Tirol. With more than 300,000 overnight stays guests from the U.S. play an important role in tourism. Ambassador Traina received a box of Tyrolean Schnapps …

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Fulbright Reception and Farewell to Dr. Lonnie Johnson

A welcome – and a goodbye: Ambassador Traina hosted a reception for incoming U.S. and returning Austrian Fulbright students & scholars and alumni & friends of Fulbright Austria . Every year, dozens of Austrians and Americans participate in Fulbright exchange program which includes the 4th largest Fulbright US scholar program in the world. As students, teachers, and …

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Opening Ceremony of the 44th UNO-Innsbruck Summer School

Chargé d’Affaires Robin Dunnigan represented the U.S. Embassy Vienna at the opening ceremony of the 44th UNO-Innsbruck Summer School at Congress Innsbruck on June 30. The evening was kicked off with a video celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Universität Innsbruck in 2019. Rektor Tilmann Märk, in his remarks, reminiscing about his own exchange experience …

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Cultural Icon Award for Elisabeth Gürtler

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina presented Elisabeth Gürtler with the Embassy’s Cultural Icon Award in acknowledgement of her impressive achievements and long friendship with the United States.   Ms. Gürtler, former director of Hotel Sacher, was also managing director of the Spanish Riding School for many years. Part of the history of this institution, a favorite sight …

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Ambassador Traina at Bilateral Military Exercise

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina visited Bundesheer’s ‘Schwarzenberg’ barracks in Salzburg in style, catching a ride on a Black Hawk! 100 Austrian & U.S. military police are participating in the bilateral military exercise “All In” to further cooperation during peacekeeping missions. “We are hoping to do an even larger military exercise next year together,” the Ambassador said …

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Rededication Ceremony at Mauthausen Memorial

On May 5, 1945, the U.S. 11th Armored Division liberated the Mauthausen Concentration camp. The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the Mauthausen Committee Austria, rededicated 3 plaques honoring the U.S. military for liberating the camp, and laid a wreath in memory of those who perished at the site. Among the Americans murdered at Mauthausen, were …

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Ambassador Traina visits Vorarlberg

Ambassador Trevor Traina greatly enjoyed his first visit to Vorarlberg. In his meeting with Markus Linhart, Mayor of the province’s capital Bregenz, they discussed strengthening trade between Vorarlberg and the U.S. At Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Ambassador met with Director Thomas Trummer and visited Miriam Cahn’s upcoming exhibition. In Stadt Hohenems, Director Hanno Loewy welcomed the Ambassador …

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Richard Fontaine on the Transatlantic Partnership

The Embassy invited Richard Fontaine, CEO of the think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), to Austria for discussions of the transatlantic partnership in an era of great power competition. Mr. Fontaine gave interviews to Die Presse and Tiroler Tageszeitung and talked at the Management Center Innsbruck and the Amerika Haus in Vienna. …

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Ambassador Traina at the University of Vienna

Ambassador Traina visited the oldest university in the German-speaking world, the University of Vienna, to talk with American Studies students about American culture, politics, and foreign policy. In his introductory remarks the Ambassador emphasized the good relations between Austria and the United States. Afterwards he fielded questions from the students, covering a very wide range …

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Trevor D. Traina, Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Austria

Trevor D. Traina is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist based in San Francisco. He has founded or co-founded five companies and sold four of them (including to Microsoft and Intuit). He is presently Founder and CEO of IfOnly, a company that allows buyers to purchase unique life experiences with a portion of the proceeds …

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Video Contest – “70th Anniversary Marshall Plan in Austria”

The U.S. Embassy invites Austrian high school students (ages 14-19) to participate in our video contest. Each video entry should document the legacy of the Marshall Plan and its ongoing success in Austria, i.e. legacy funds are still supporting Austrian companies.  As part of this project, students will have the chance to interview representatives of …

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