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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Statement by Ambassador Traina on current events in the United States

“Like many in Austria and the millions in the United States who are peacefully demonstrating on the streets of American cities, I too was horrified to learn of the death of George Floyd. This tragedy has filled Americans and people all over the world with shock, grief, and anger. It is important that those responsible ...
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Donation of American Friendship Masks

On Monday, May 18, American Ambassador Trevor Traina met with Heinrich Himmer, director of the Vienna School Board, to discuss the American Embassy’s donation of half a million high-quality cloth “Friendship” face masks to Austria, including to Austrian elementary and secondary schools. He then visited Enkplatz Middle School where he presented Principle Martina Vogel with ...
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Entrepreneurship Breakfast with Martin Winkler

Last Friday, Ambassador Traina hosted another one of the so-called Entrepreneurship Breakfasts, which are co-sponsored by the Embassy and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKOe) and offer Austrian entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and share experiences. Among the guests were representatives of those startups that will take part in the Chamber’s Go Silicon Valley program this year. Ambassador Traina and WKOe-Vice President Jürgen ...
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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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Peter Rough about the U.S. and the Middle East

Peter Rough, Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute shared his expertise on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East at a packed Amerika Haus. The event was co-hosted by the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), whose director Velina Tchakarova moderated the Q&A. Rough, a native of Iowa, is a native German ...
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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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Zoohackathon – Coding to End Wildlife Trafficking

Teams of energetic programmers gathered in the Elephant House at Zoo Vienna Schönbrunn for a Zoohackathon organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. This event was part of a global initiative by the U.S. Government. Ambassador Trevor Traina opened the event and pointed out the importance of tackling the pressing global ...
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U.S. University Alumni Reception

Deputy Chief of Mission Robin Dunnigan invited alumni from American universities to a get-together. Ambassador Trevor Traina welcomed the attendees and talked about his own formative experiences as an international exchange student in Oxford. The evening was a lively meeting of alumni from many universities – Georgetown,Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, Harvard, to name just a few ...
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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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Ambassador Traina hosts Entrepreneurship Breakfast

A beautiful autumn day for entrepreneurship and coffee. Thanks to Google Austria, Country Director Christine Antlanger-Winter for joining us today at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast and sharing Google’s view of the Austrian digital economy. Hosted in cooperation with the Austrian Wirtschaftskammer at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Hietzing, the entrepreneurship breakfast is a great chance for all members ...
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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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Ambassador Traina at Street Photography Exhibition

Ambassador Traina, an avid photography collector, spoke at the opening of the new exhibition on street photography at Kunst Haus Wien/ Museum Hundertwasser. In his remarks, the Ambassador also remembered the recently deceased Robert Frank. “Street. Life. Photography” showcases works by U.S. and international artists.
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Ambassador Traina at Austrian Air Show Airpower 2019

Ambassador Traina visited the Austrian air show Airpower in Styria, which showcased several U.S. aircraft. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy participated in Airpower for the first time. The Ambassador met with U.S. military and Austrian Bundesheer members, including crews from a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon, a West Virginia Air Guard C-130, and a Bundesheer ...
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Ambassador Traina at UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School

Last week, Ambassador Traina travelled to Innsbruck to engage with students and faculty at the 44th UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. He joined the course “Game of Thrones: Habsburg History” (one of close to forty offered this year), and met with hundred students for “A Conversation with Ambassador Traina.” Afterwards he attended a reception hosted by ...
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Cultural Icon Award for Helga Rabl-Stadler

Ambassador Traina presented Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, with the “Cultural Icon Award” at the International Salzburg Association-Gala, celebrating her significant contribution to U.S.-Austrian cultural relations. The Gala’s venue, Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, is the birthplace of the Salzburg Festival.
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Independence Day Celebration

Fantastic summer weather on June 26 at the Independence Day Party at Ambassador Traina’s residence in Vienna.Every year, the U.S. Embassy opens the doors to the Ambassador’s Residence in Hietzing to honored guests who help make the U.S.-Austrian relationship so strong. Thanks to our generous sponsors, guests enjoyed American beer, American and Austrian wine, burgers, ...
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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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Austrian Delegation at SelectUSA Investment Summit

Ambassador Traina led the largest Austrian delegation ever to the Select USA Investment Summit, which took place this year from June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. More than 20 delegates, including representatives from multi-national companies with subsidiaries in the U.S., exporters, and dynamic tech startups, attended the most important FDI event in the United States. The ...
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Ambassador Traina Promotes Entrepreneurship in Graz

Last Friday, the Ambassador was in Styria’s capital, promoting entrepreneurship. He attended an Entrepreneurship Breakfast, to which our co-host Austrian Economic Chambers had invited in Graz this time, and took the opportunity to meet with some of the participants of our Austria to Austin startup exchange program with 3 Day Startup. In a subsequent panel ...
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Ambassador Traina speaks at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast at WKO

At the Entrepreneurship Breakfast – at the Wirtschaftskammer- headquarters with co-host Jürgen Roth – Ambassador Traina welcomed the participants, and announced that he will be leading the Austrian delegation, including eight innovative companies, to  The Global Entrepreneurship Summit  in The Hague on June 4 and 5. The Ambassador will also be leading the largest Austrian delegation on record to the ...
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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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Ambassador Traina’s remarks at the “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism” Initiative

Ambassador Trevor Traina was honored to speak at an event celebrating Muslimische Jugend Österreich ‘s program against anti-Semitism. [As prepared] Hello.  It is an honor to be here today to recognize the Muslim Youth Austria for their initiative “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism.” First, let me start by wishing you all “Ramadan Kareem.” The holy month of Ramadan started this ...
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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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Kickoff Reception for Austria to Austin 4.0

At Amerika Haus, Ambassador Trevor Traina welcomed 20 new Austrian entrepreneurs into the Austria to Austin community. This summer, these entrepreneurs will spend two weeks in Austin, Texas for a series of intense entrepreneurship workshops with 3DayStartup. While in Austin, participants will not only work on starting their own businesses, but get an in-depth look ...
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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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Entrepreneurship Breakfast at the Residence

Ambassador Traina invited to another “Entrepreneurship Breakfast” in his residence and offered, in cooperation with the Wirtschaftskammer, Austrian Entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. The guests also learned about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and Select USA Summit , the Austria to Austin Student Startup Program of the Embassy, and the WKÖ Accelerator Program Go Silicon ...
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Reception in Honor of the Mark Rothko Exhibition Opening

The exhibition “Mark Rothko” was opened at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna , showing for the first time in Austria a retrospective of the influential U.S. artist and representative of Abstract Expressionism. Afterwards Ambassador Traina invited the guests of the vernissage to a reception in his residence, with the guests of honor Christopher and Kate Rothko, the children of ...
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Legion of Merit Award for Austrian Military Officer

Ambassador Traina presented the Legion of Merit award to Austrian Bundesheer’s Brigadier General Harald Göllinger, former Defense Attaché to the United States. The Legion of Merit is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. It is one of ...
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Theodore R. Bromund about Transatlantic Relations

Expert speaker Theodore R. Bromund from The Heritage Foundation discussed changes and continuities in U.S. economic policy under the administration of President Trump. A few hours before he gave a joint interview for the Austria Presse Agentur and the newspaper Kurier.
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Go Silicon Valley Departure Workshop 2019

The U.S. Embassy hosted the kick-off event for participants in this year’s GoSiliconValley accelerator program administered by the Wirtschaftskammer. In his welcome remarks Ambassador Trevor Traina emphasized the importance of networking. About 80 Austrian start-ups had applied for the program. The lucky 16 winners will get the opportunity to go to the U.S., work on ...
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Team USA at Edelweiss Raid

For the first time ever, the United States sent a team to the famous Edelweiss Raid – a grueling two-day mountain warfare competition hosted by the  Bundesheer  in the Austrian Alps. This year the U.S. was represented by the Green Mountain Boys of the  Vermont National Guard . No team has ever finished the race in its first year, ...
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Ambassador Traina visits Vienna Business School

Ambassador Traina visited the Vienna Business School this week and gave a talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur. Later the Ambassador met with the students in charge of the school’s practice company Arte Fakt. Ambassador Traina thanked the students for the demonstration of the functions and departments of the company. “I was very impressed ...
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Ambassador Traina visits Miba and voestalpine

Ambassador Traina traveled to the industrial powerhouse of Upper Austria to visit two of the largest Austrian investors in the United States, voestalpine and Miba. Together, voestalpine and Miba employ thousands of Americans in plants from Texas to Wisconsin to Georgia, investing over $1 billion in the U.S. economy, not only investing in American manufacturing, ...
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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Vienna

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Vienna: He expressed the United States’ gratitude for Austria’s contributions to security cooperation in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans, and emphasized the need to counter Iranian and Russian malign activities. He met with Secretary General for Foreign Affairs Johannes  Peterlik  to discuss the continued bilateral cooperation.
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Ambassador Traina at the Institute of Science and Technology

Ambassador Traina travelled to Klosterneuburg to visit the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, a research institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences. The Institute, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019, has grown from zero to an impressive 700 students, scholars and scientific and admin staff within less than ten years of ...
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Ambassador Traina meets with Uni Management Club

Ambassador Traina met with members of the Uni Management Club Vienna, a network of business students, to talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur as well as Austrian-American relations. During the Q&A, the students were particularly interested in Ambassador Traina’s career as technology entrepreneur and philanthropist in San Francisco, as well as his ambitions to ...
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Young Entrepreneurs of Vienna meeting with Ambassador Traina

Ambassador Trevor D. Traina was the featured guest speaker at the monthly meetup of the “Young Entrepreneurs of Vienna,” a network founded by the Austria to Austin  alumni Stefan Salcher and Florian Ott. The Ambassador shared his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, investor, and Silicon Valley insider, and encouraged the group to expand their ideas and think beyond the ...
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Ambassador Traina visits the Austrian National Library

The Austrian National Library has partnered with Google to digitalize over 600,000 books in its State Hall collection. Ambassador Traina visited the 650 year old library to learn more about this project and the history of this Austrian institution. During the tour, Ambassador Traina also viewed some special rare pieces including a mid-16th century map ...
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Ambassador Traina opens Helen Levitt Retrospective

The Albertina museum in Vienna shows a retrospective of the works of U.S. photographer Helen Levitt (1913-2009). She was famous for her “street photography” in and around New York City. Ambassador Trevor Traina said in his opening remarks: “Exhibits such as this are the perfect way for us to connect our two cultures and share our ...
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Fulbright Reception 2018

Ambassador Trevor Traina hosted a reception for the newly arrived American Fulbright grantees. The reception brought together American grantees with newly returned Austrian Fulbrighters and a host of alumni. Since 1950/51, Fulbright Austria has brought over 2,500 scholars and professors to Austria and 3,650 Austrians to the United States. Additionally, each year Fulbright manages 140 American teaching ...
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Ambassador hosted Go Silicon Valley alumni

Ambassador Traina hosted a group of ‘Go Silicon Valley’ alumni at the residence for a discussion on mentorship and support for Austrian entrepreneurs, tips on breaking into the U.S. market, and his experience as a serial entrepreneur. Go Silicon Valley is an initiative run by Austrian Trade within the Austrian Economic Chambers and Open Austria. ...
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Marshall Plan Video Contest Award Ceremony

On June 14, the three winners of the video contest on the occasion of “70 Years Marshall Plan in Austria” were awarded prizes by Ambassador Trevor Traina and Mag. Edeltraud Stiftinger from the Austria Wirtschaftsservice. These are the prize-winning videos: 1st prize – “70th Anniversary Marshall Plan in Austria”, submitted by students from the BRG Körösi in ...
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Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship Awards

This year’s Marshall Plan Fellows received their certificates on June 6 at Amerika Haus, with U.S. Ambassador Trevor Traina and Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, present. The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation supports academic exchange between students and researchers from Austria and the United States, with the goal to deepen relationships between both countries ...
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New Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy

On November 16, foreign policy expert Kim Holmes spoke at the Amerika Haus in Vienna about the outlook and implications for U.S.-European Relations in the Trump Administration. The lively discussion was moderated by Cengiz Günay. Kim R. Holmes is acting senior vice president for research at The Heritage Foundation. He oversaw the think tank’s defense and ...
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