Weekly briefing: Austria prepares for a “summer like then” – Vindobona.org

Covid-19: travel facilities and vaccinations focus on young people

The Austrian Green Passport is fully operational and no problems are expected to arise during the implementation in the European solution from July 1.

Austria has passed the milestone of administering vaccines to more than 50 percent of the total Austrian population. Vienna has declared the month of July “Vaccination Month for Young People”.

Due to falling infection rates around the world, Austria has relaxed travel restrictions for some countries. Citizens of the United States, Serbia and nine other countries can now enter Austria with 3-G proof (tested, vaccinated, recovered).

As nightlife has already returned and will increase significantly in July when night dining is allowed to reopen, Vienna has decided to bring back the night metro on weekends and holidays.

Another type of transport has resumed operation after a Covid-19 break. The Twin City Liner travels again from Vienna to Bratislava and vice versa.

European affairs

During her meeting with Austrian Chancellor Kurz in Vienna, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the good news that Austria will receive € 3.5 billion in EU grants for investments and reforms in the areas of environmental and digital transformation.

EU foreign ministers, including Austria’s Alexander Schallenberg, agreed on renewed and tightened sanctions against the Belarusian regime.

Relations with the Western Balkans

Vienna hosted the Western Balkans conference. Austrian Chancellor Kurz invited political leaders from various countries of the Western Balkans to Vienna to discuss topical issues both at European and bilateral level.

The EU hosted the first accession conference with Serbia and Montenegro. Austrian Minister for European Affairs Karoline Edtstadler spoke again in favor of the inclusion of the countries of the Western Balkans in the EU.

Kosovar President Osmani-Sadriu met her Austrian counterpart Van der Bellen in Vienna to discuss the progress of the EU accession process and bilateral cooperation in various fields.

What else happened this week?

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al Saud and his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg agreed on expanding trade relations and other economic cooperation.

Vienna will introduce a new parking system from March 2022. The new regulations will apply to 23 districts and further standardize prices.

In the 2021 Sustainability Report recently released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Austria ranks 6th.

Three new permanent representatives to international organizations in Vienna presented their credentials. Representatives come from the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Syria.

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