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    Special Adviser

    Franz Schausberger visits border between Bosnien-Herzegovina and Croatia

    On behalf of Johannes Hahn, EU-Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Franz Schausberger met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska Radovan Višković on 12 July 2019. The meeting focused on the current political and economic situation in the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia-Herzegovina with special emphasis on the security challenges due to the increased inflow of migrants to the country. The interlocutors expressed the expectation that a new Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina would be formed very soon in order to overcome the deadlock in implementation of the reform processes in the field of economy, the business sector and resolving the issue of the migrant crisis.

    Prime Minister Višković informed the Special Adviser of the European Commission that the Government of the Republic of Srpska was committed to the European integration and was one of the first in Bosnia-Herzegovina to fulfill its commitments in this regard.

    The interlocutors also referred to the recent visit by Prime Minister Višković to Linz and the opening of a business fair where businessmen and companies from Republic of Srpska presented their potentials to the Austrian market. Prime Minister Višković once again stressed that the Government of the Republic of Srpska was open to cooperation with business enterprises from the European Union which are interested in investing in the Republic of Srpska.

    The Special Advisor of the European Commission and IRE-Chairman Franz Schausberger met the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska Radovan Višković in Banja Luka.

    New EU-Commission

    Johannes Hahn nominated for next Commission

    Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations until 31 October 2019, was unanimously reappointed by the National Assembly as the Austrian candidate for the next European Commission. It would be his third term of office as EU-Commissioner, provided that the new EU-Commission President Ursula von der Leyen includes him in her staff proposal to the parliament.
    „The recent nomination of the experienced, successful and recognized European Commissioner Johannes Hahn is the best solution for Austria and for the European Commission. I’m glad that reason has triumphed. This gives Austria a strong position in the European Commission. This also applies to Karo Edtstadler as ÖVP-delegation leader and Othmar Karas as vice-president of the European Parliament. Austria is well positioned in the EU“, said Franz Schausberger.

    Looking Back: 16. May 2019

    Airport Cities – Smart Regional Development

    Due to its central location, Brasov County is of particular importance for Romania’s tourism industry as well as the most important industrial location – with a focus on the automotive, aerospace and aviation industries.

    Within the context of the EU-Presidency of Romania, the „Institute of the Regions of Europe“ and the „Democratic Forum of Germans in Kronstadt“ organized the conference „Airport Cities – Smart Regional Development“ on the promotion and significance of airports for the regional and supraregional development.

    Prof. Dr Josef Schöchl new member of the IRE-Board

    Board approves extension:
    The Institute of the Regions of Europe is pleased to announce that at the board meeting on 13 February 2013, the enlargement of the board of the institute to four persons was decided. This paved the way for Prof. Dr Josef Schöchl, who has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute since 2016, to being admitted to the Board of Directors as a new member.

    The new IRE board: Dr. Ing. Helmut Falschlehner, Univ. Prof. Dr. Franz Schausberger, dr. Stefan Eder and Prof. dr. Josef Schöchl (from left to right)

    Prof. Dr Schöchl was born in Salzburg and studied veterinary medicine and political science between 1978 and 1985. In 1986 he promovated as Dr med. vet. Until 1989 he worked as a practical veterinarian and official veterinarian at the Veterinary Office of the City of Salzburg. In 1990 he was appointed official veterinarian at the Office of the Salzburg Provincial Government and 1994 State Veterinary Director. He then became a veterinarian for food in 1995.Between 2004 and 2008 he was community party chairman in Eugendorf and 2004-2009 local council. Between 2006 and 2008, he also held the function of Deputy District Party Chairman of the ÖVP Flachgau and was elected in 2008 to the district party chairman. Since 2009 Prof. Dr Schöchl is Member of the Salzburg Parliament and in 2018 briefly held the post of President of the Landtag.

    Representatives of regions and municipalities discuss about declaration on regional future of EU

    Salzburg delegation at EU Future Summit in Bucharest:
    The 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, held in Bucharest on 14 and 15 March, brought together local, regional, national and EU decision-makers from across Europe to discuss the future of the European Union. As delegation from Salzburg, Brigitta Pallauf and Franz Schausberger represented the interests of the region there.
    President of the Salzburg Parliament Brigitta Pallauf with Franz Schausberger at the EU Regional Summit in Bucharest
    More than 500 regional and local politicians took the opportunity to discuss the Committee of Regions (CoR) statement on the future of the EU, which has to include regions and cities more. The declaration is intended to essentially renew Europe and it stresses the fundamental importance of regions and cities in the European Union. This is intended to contribute to the CoR’s Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 on the “Future of Europe”. On 9 May 2019, the Declaration will be presented to the leaders of the EU institutions and Heads of State and Government on occasion of their informal Council in Sibiu, Romania.
    Franz Schausberger noted that the main problem in implementing the principle of subsidiary is the diversity of regions and municipalities. This would be even intensified by an extension of the EU to the Western Balkan regions, as they are strongly centralistic in their organization. There had been no improvement in the position of the regions and municipalities under the Treaty of Lisbon, which rests with both the Member States and the EU itself. The trend towards autocratic governments in the EU is linked to centralization. This applies also and especially to Romania.
    Franz Schausberger introduced Austria as an example of a balance between local, regional and national competences. “In the Austrian system, both the regions and the communities are strong,” said Schausberger, who hopes that other countries would go in a similar direction. The problem is that in many countries only “a small part of the EU funding can be accessed because the mayors of small communities are for the most part unable to create good EU projects.”
    Aleksandra Dulkiewicz (Mayor of Gdańsk), CoR Vice-President Markku Markkula, Romanian President Klaus Joannis, CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz present the statement of the CoR (from left to right)
    The Declaration calls on the EU to strengthen its regions and cities and engage citizens more. With modern challenges such as climate change or globalization, the EU must quickly agree on ambitious plans for the future. Ultimately, this can only be achieved with greater decentralization.

    Exchange of views with President Željka Cvijanović on the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Renewed meeting with President of Republika Srpska:
    For an exchange of views on the current political situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Franz Schausberger met with the President of the Republika Srpska, Željka Cvijanović. Although more than five months have passed since the elections in early October 2018, no government has yet been formed at the state level. President Cvijanović was confident that the formation of the government in Bosnia-Herzegovina was well on its way. Difficult is the formation of a government in the BiH Federation and in some cantons.

    Franz Schausberger with President Željka Cvijanović 

    Franz Schausberger gives guest lecture at the University of Economics Bucharest

    Chairman of IRE Board receives invitation:
    An invitation to give a lecture at the University of Economics Bucharest was given to Franz Schausberger by the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics Bucharest, Tănase Stamule (pictured left). The Bucharest University of Economics was founded in 1913 by the Romanian King Carol I, consists of 10 faculties and has about 22,000 students.
    Franz Schausberger together with Tănase Stamule (right and left). In the middle Cristian Macedonschi, city council of the German minority in the city of Brasov.
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