Bilateral relations between Austria and Serbia
Southeast Europe – thus Serbia – is the focus of the foreign policy of Austria.
Austria, which is almost the neighboring countries, particularly interested in the political and economic stability in Southeast Europe and in accordance with their capabilities seeks to support the inclusion of Serbia and other Western Balkan countries into European structures. In this regard are the efforts to achieve cooperation in regional initiatives such as the Danube Cooperation Process, the Central European Initiative, the Danube Commission and the Working Community of the Danube region.
Bilateral relations between Austria and Serbia were intensified at all levels after the end of the regime of Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000. Frequent working visits, significant investment from Austria and numerous cultural events so far testify to the close cooperation.
When Austria 28 February 2008 recognizes Kosovo, Serbia has temporarily limited the relations with countries that recognized Kosovo. With the return of the Serbian ambassador to Austria at the beginning of August 2008 and the presentation of credentials of the new Austrian Ambassador on 16 October 2008. relations have normalized and can be considered extremely friendly.
Austria continues to support Serbia in the projects in the framework of cooperation with South-Eastern Europe, primarily in the fields of education, employment, regional development and social issues. Special emphasis is placed on the transfer of Austrian know-how in terms of technology and organization, including in the framework of Twinning projects.
Number of representative offices of Austrian companies has risen in recent years to 280. In particular, the financial sector (banks, insurance companies, law firms) are the leading Austrian companies. If it is ensured political stability and if they continue improving the investment climate, we can count on a team that will continue the engagement of Austrian investors, ie. boost.
Culture, education and science in Serbia are still at the stage of substantial reconstruction and modernization. Cultural life is dynamic and diverse. The establishment of the Austrian Cultural Forum in December 2001, bilateral relations were given new impetus. This is reflected in so far vibrant and versatile exchange, which contribute to the Serbs living in Austria and Austrian citizens of Serbian origin.