Union of Central and South-Eastern European Capitals 18
Vienna and the European Union 19
CARPE – Cities As Responsible Purchasers in Europe 19
CroBoClip – Cross-Border Climate Protection 19
EU-Asia Pro Eco 19
European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life 19
European Sustainable Cities & Towns 20
OPENING – Optimized Enlargement Academy 20
PLUME – Planning and Urban Mobility in Europe 20
TACIS – Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States 20
TECNOMAN – TEN and Corridor Nodes Position Management Network 20
INTERREG IIIA 21
INTERREG IIIB – CADSES 22
INTERREG IIIC 22
Activities of Administrative Groups, Municipal Departments and Funds 24
Chief Executive Office 24
Education, Youth, Information and Sports 27
Vienna Board of Education 29
Vienna Children and Youth Ombuds-Office 29
Senior Citizens’ Representative of the City of Vienna 29
Integration, Women’s Issues, Consumer Protection and Personnel 29
Independent Officer for Occupational Safety and Health 32
Women’s Health Commissioner 32
Finance, Economic Affairs and Vienna Public Utilities 32
Special Envoy of the City of Vienna for International Economic Affairs 33
Wien Holding 33
TINA – Transport Infrastructure Needs Assessment 33
Vienna Public Utilities 34
Wiener Linien 34
Wien Energie 35
Fernwärme Wien 35
Vienna Business Agency (VBA) 36
Urban Development, Traffic and Transport 37
Cultural Affairs and Science 38
Public Health and Social Affairs 40
Vienna Hospital Association (KAV) 41
Vienna Social Fund (FSW) 41
Office of the Healthcare Commissioner 42
Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal 44
Official Guests at Vienna City Hall 45
International Visits of the Mayor 46
The Vienna Tourist Board 47
Worldwide destination marketing with the slogan “Arts & Delights” 47
The many faces of advertising 47
Special campaigns for Mozart, wine and shopping 47
From Vienna taxis to Vienna trucks 48
International headlines and personal input in 33 countries 49
Premiere of “CIS Meets Vienna” 50
Another record for Vienna as a congress metropolis 50
The United Nations and other international organisations 57
Vienna International Centre 57
VSO – Vienna Service Office 57
Co-operation activities with the United Nations 58
OPEC – Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries 58
ECSEE – Energy Community of South Eastern Europe 59
EIB – European Investment Bank 59
Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo 59
International assistance and relief measures 60
Tsunami victim aid 60
Disaster relief 60
Development co-operation 60
Donation of material goods and equipment 62
Activities in Vienna 62
District partnerships and activities 63
1st Municipal District – Innere Stadt 63
9th Municipal District – Alsergrund 63
11th Municipal District – Simmering 63
12th Municipal District – Meidling 64
13th Municipal District – Hietzing 64
19th Municipal District – Döbling 64
21st Municipal District – Floridsdorf 64
22nd Municipal District – Donaustadt 65
23rd Municipal District – Liesing 65
The Memorial Year 2005 66
The present review of the international activities of the City of Vienna not only reflects the variety and intensity of the joint efforts undertaken by administration and economy; in 2005 as in previous years, this co-operation contributed significantly to further safeguarding the international reputation of Vienna and hence its opportunities in an increasingly tough global competitive environment.
The overview of the assistance and relief measures of the City of Vienna also illustrates the intensive efforts undertaken by the Austrian capital to provide rapid and unbureaucratic help to victims of natural catastrophes all over the world.
Thus the beginning of 2005 was decisively marked by the disastrous tsunami that had affected large parts of South-eastern Asia. Key tasks not only included offering the best possible care and assistance to Austrian vacationers arriving at Vienna-Schwechat Airport but also signified extending immediate aid to the stricken regions. Together with the other federal provinces of Austria and the Federal Republic, the City of Vienna thus decided at the Austrian tsunami aid summit on 9 January 2005 to earmark the amount of € 10 million for reconstruction projects over the next three years. Until 2007, foreign aid by the City of Vienna amounting to over € 2 million will go into the implementation of ten concrete projects in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Somalia.
In addition to this important event-related foreign aid, the City of Vienna extended help to the world’s poorest nations throughout the year. In 2005, Vienna’s development policy served to implement projects in South-eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Central issues in 2005 included the fight against the organised trafficking in women and the implementation of the UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015.
In the area of economy, too, Vienna again successfully distinguished itself in the international environment. Last year, fully 74 international enterprises decided to settle in Vienna. This corresponds to an increase by 37 percent as compared to the previous year. The investments by these new arrivals to Vienna amounted to approx. € 80 million. Close to two thirds of the companies that have thus moved to Vienna are active in the service and/or technology sectors.
More specifically, Vienna managed to establish itself in the field of biotechnology, a key technology of the 21st century, as a European top location of this future-oriented economic and research discipline. As Vienna is also a hub for activities in the new EU Member States, the Austrian capital is truly an ideal location for big U.S. biotechnology corporations interested in establishing branch divisions in Europe.
But Vienna succeeded in stabilising its bridgehead function between old and new EU Member States in other economic areas as well. For example, Western Union, the biggest payment transaction handler worldwide, as well as the LeFrak Organization, a major real-estate holding company, chose Vienna as their European headquarters.
Another indicator of the successful work and worldwide attractiveness of Vienna are the current conference tourism data – after all, the number of overnight stays of participants in international congresses increased by fully 21 percent in 2005.
Last but certainly not least, the active and optimistic input of all those dedicated to promoting our city in an international environment has helped us in the year under review to further strengthen Vienna’s top position in the global competitive environment, for which we want to express our warmest thanks!
In the context of the “Memorandum on Co-operation in Environmental Issues”, a high-ranking delegation of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau paid a visit to the Executive Office for Urban Planning, Development and Construction.
Vienna co-financed the reconstruction of the “Vienna Hall” at Bethlehem City Hall, which was heavily affected by the armed conflicts of recent years. The name of the hall goes back to the former Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Helmut Zilk.
The attractive new conference hall was inaugurated in March by the Mayor of Bethlehem, Mr. Hanna J. Nasser, and a representative of the Executive Group for International Relations. In November, the new Mayor of Bethlehem, Dr. Victor Batarseh, paid a visit to Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl.
Experts in the field of disaster control were exchanged under the terms of a civil protection agreement. A Vienna Ball was organised, and the exhibition “Budapest and Vienna. Technical Progress and Urban Development in the 19th Century” was jointly prepared by the Budapest City Archives and the Vienna City Archives. The exhibition “Vienna, Architecture, Preservation and Renewal of the Urban Environment” was likewise shown in Budapest.
In October, the City President of Cracow, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski, and the Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Michael Häupl, signed the “Joint Declaration of the City of the Republic of Poland, Cracow, and the Capital of the Republic of Austria, Vienna”. This prolongation of a long-standing agreement defines co-operation measures in the fields of transport development, culture, waste and wastewater management, water supply and landfill rehabilitation.
In the framework of the co-operation project of the Executive Office for Urban Planning, Development and Construction with the City of Hanoi, a key part of the project “Hanoi Towards the Future” concerned the preparation of action plans to develop locations for city business parks in central commercial zones and to reintroduce a tram system.
Manifold bilateral contacts with the City of Kiev led to an invitation extended to a Viennese delegation by the Mayor of Kiev, Mr. Olexandr Omelchenko, on the occasion of that city’s annual celebration. In October, this was followed by the conference (partly co-organised by the VBA) “Kiev Economy Day” in Vienna, which was attended by ten Ukrainian and 70 Austrian companies. At the end of the event, the Vice Mayor of Kiev, Mr. Vasyl Prysyazhnyuk, met Vice Mayor Dr. Sepp Rieder. The Viennese Ball held in the same month at the Kiev Opera House also met with great media interest.
In the year under review, a number of delegations visited Vienna; this also included a visit to the Executive Office for Urban Planning, Development and Construction. In August, the Concert-Verein participated in a music festival held in Ljubljana.
The Vienna Library organised the exhibition “60th Anniversary of the Second Republic” in Prague.
In September, the Mayor of Moscow, Mr. Yuri M. Luzhkov, and Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl signed another memorandum on the co-operation between the two cities. This document provides the basis for intensive economic co-operation, cultural exchange and joint projects in the fields of youth policy, education and sports. Moreover, the mutual support of various youth organisations and friendship societies was agreed as well.
In the same month, Moscow Days were held in Vienna. The range of events and projects extended from a scientific conference, workshops and presentations to film premieres and exhibitions. At the Raimundtheater, outstanding musicians from Moscow gave a chamber concert, and the brass orchestra of the Tabakov Children’s Music School played in various squares of the Austrian capital. Exhibitions including “Architecture and Historic Legacy of Moscow” were shown, inter alia, at Vienna City Hall. The premiere of “Ragin”, the first feature film co-produced by Russia and Austria, took place at the Künstlerhauskino. The Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science, Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, and high-ranking representatives of the City of Moscow attended the presentation of a new edition of Johann Georg Kohl’s classic “Journeys through Russia and Poland” in the reading room of the Vienna City Library.
In the year under review, numerous delegations from Moscow and other cities, republics and districts of the Russian Federation spent time in Vienna. A particularly big delegation of business executives and political decision-makers arrived from the North-Western Federal District, which also includes Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg and Karelia.
Vienna was specifically showcased in Belgrade in April. The Vienna Days were kicked off with a panel discussion on “Strategies and Innovations in Urban Development und Infrastructure”, whose participants included Executive City Councillor DI Rudolf Schicker, Mag.a Dr. Susanne Brandsteidl, the President of the Vienna Board of Education, and DI Gerhard Weber, the Director General of Urban Planning, Devel-opment and Construction. During the Vienna Days, workshops dealt with urban infrastructure, urban planning, information technologies, the EdGATE education project and with Vienna as a research hub; in addition, a transport symposium was organised as well. The theatre ensemble “Gruppe 80” performed the play “The Trip in the Dugout Canoe” by Mr. Peter Handke at the Atelier 212 theatre. Set after the war in Serbia, the play stimulated audience discussions far into the night, while the revenue of this charity event was made available to a Belgrade children’s hospital. The Museum of Contemporary Art showed the exhibition “50 Years of Art and Art Collection from Vienna”, featuring the collection of Monsignor Otto Mauer. The Municipal Department for Parks and Gardens, too, was present in Belgrade.
In October, Vienna Days were organised in Podgorica and Ulcinj, accompanied by workshops on wastewater disposal and water protection as well as on sustainable urban development in the new Europe. The cultural segment of the Vienna Days included the exhibition “Modern Art from Vienna – The Collection of Otto Mauer” and a concert by the chamber orchestra Wiener Strauss Solisten.
Sofia Days took place in Vienna in November: 150 artists provided unique fireworks of Bulgarian art. The opening gala at the Museumsquartier, which was dedicated to a Red Cross relief project for tsunami victims, brought 600 spectators to an enthusiastically received concert by the choir “Mystery of Bulgarian Voices”, the ballet ensemble “Shredez“ and the Theodosii Spassov Trio. The jazz concert by Antoni Dontchev at the bar “Porgy & Bess” was almost instantly sold out, as was the performance of the theatre company “La Strada” at the WUK Hall. While the Sofia Soloists played classical music at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the clowns Roko and Koko toured Vienna’s children’s hospitals; the choir “Cosmic Voices” sang at the Minoritenkirche church, and the pop group “Kaffe” performed at the Szene Wien. Another key contribution was organised at the project space of Kunsthalle Wien, where Ms. Hedwig Saxenhuber and Mr. Georg Schöllhammer had invited young artists from Sofia to participate in the exhibition “Play Sofia”.
In February, the “Memorandum for the Promotion of Economic Relations between the Cities of Tel Aviv-Yafo and the City of Vienna“ was signed in Vienna by Mayor Mr. Ron Huldai and Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl. Co-operation areas include the rehabilitation of historic buildings, urban planning, municipal infrastructure, location marketing and the economy.
In November, Vice Mayor Dr. Sepp Rieder and the Mayor of Tîrgu Mure¸s, Dr. Dorian Florea, signed an agreement on co-operation in the field of district heating management. Energiecomfort – a subsidiary of Wien Energie – will further expand the district heating system of the Romanian city.
Vice Mayor Dr. Sepp Rieder and the Mayor of the West Slovakian City of Trnava, Ing. Štefan Bošnák, signed an agreement on co-operation in the energy sector.
In the context of an agreement between the Belgian Region of Wallonia and the City of Vienna, a small delegation of researchers and business-people came to Vienna to visit various research establishments.
In July, Mayor Dr. Michael Häupl and his Zagreb colleague, Mr. Milan Bandic´, signed a new, more extensive co-operation agreement. New focal aspects include concrete investment projects in the fields of environmental technology, urban development, e-government, culture, public health and social affairs.
www.argedonau.at The 15th year of work of ARGE Donauländer proceeded under the presidency of the Federal Province of Vienna. Mayor and Governor Dr. Michael Häupl served as President of ARGE Donauländer for the second time after 1996.
On the occasion of the anniversary year, TINA Vienna prepared an extensive programme for the Viennese presidency, which included the “DanubeTeensCamp”, an event that brought young people from many regions of the Danube countries together at the Lobau National Park Camp.
The celebrations on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the “son of the Danube region”, Elias Canetti, offered even more opportunity for ARGE Donauländer to address cultural roots: two events in Vienna dealt with the oeuvre of the great writer. The future of the regions in the Danube countries was at the focus of a scientific conference organised by ARGE Donauländer together with the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) at Vienna City Hall. The ARGE Working Groups met simultaneously during this event.
The Municipal Department for Environmental Protection developed an organisational proposal for further upgrading the cycling track Passau-Bratislava downriver of the Danube. An interdisciplinary project group also recorded all natural and cultural assets along the Danube. Workshops dealing with this topic took place in Zagreb, Budapest and Vienna. Moreover, the Viennese presidency of ARGE Donauländer also continued the “PORTINO” study, which analyses the economic environment of secondary Danube ports.
www.airportregions.org The ARC is an association of local and regional authorities across Europe that have an international airport situated within or near their territory and boasts a substantial body of experience in the field of air transport co-operation between these local und regional authorities. At the moment, ARC has 30 member regions with a total of 75 million inhabitants. Annually, the 30-plus big international airports in Europe handle a volume of over 430 million passengers.
In 2005, the City of Vienna participated in the studies “Low Cost Airlines – A Regional Affair”, “Airport Dynamics, Towards Airport Systems” and “Air Freight and Airport Regions”.
www.a-e-r.org The Assembly of European Regions is an international organisation with 250 member regions from all over Europe. Its main task lies in giving a voice to regions at the European level and to promote interregional co-operation. All nine federal provinces of Austria are AER members; in addition, Vienna holds a seat in the Bureau. In the year under review, AER celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The Annual General Conference took place in November at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and followed the motto “Innovation in Europe – The Role of Ideas, Diversity and Social Capital”. The guest speaker was the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Durão Barroso, who referred to regions as engines of growth and moreover addressed the question of EU financing. In the final declaration of the event, it was inter alia demanded to create a novel concept for the European institutions to ensure stronger representation of citizens, as compared to the representation of governments. The former AER President and current Federal Minister of the Interior, Ms. Liese Prokop, was appointed Honorary President.
AER maintains four Committees, which inter alia address questions relating to public health and social issues, territorial planning and tourism, culture and youth. A variety of events and conferences was organised, e.g. on regional partnerships; the latter event took place in Novi Sad (Serbia). In the context of the Structured Dialogue, AER President Dr. h.c. Riccardo Illy conferred with the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Durão Barroso.
As in previous years, the AER Summer and Youth Summer School proved a great success; this time, the event took place in late August in Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina). Due to the reconstruction of the world-famous bridge across the Neretva River, this venue served as a special symbol of understanding, co-operation and reconciliation. The City of Vienna co-organised the event.