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Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (ÖFZ)


 The Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (ÖFZ) is a French-Austrian intergovernmental organization, founded following an initiative by then Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky having the objective to develop economic relations between Western and Eastern Europe, and to take part in the construction of a Europe of peace.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the center focused its research interests on the problems of eastern enlargement of the European Union, and integrated in its field of activities countries such as Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic Slovakia, Slovenia, the Baltic States as well as Romania and Bulgaria. The French-Austrian Center is a forum for the exchange of ideas with the purpose of furthering the dialogue between representatives from the world of politics, the economy, and members of the civil society as well as academics from European member states and candidate countries. The center’s activities primarily deal with economic, political and geopolitical problems of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe : the center’s raison d’être as a space of reflection and dialogue was strengthened by the need of support and assistance of the new member states in the process of integration. Since 2004; the ÖFZ is orienting itself towards the new neighbors of the European Union, in particular towards the Western Balkans, countries imagining their future in a European perspective.

The summaries of all events organized jointly by the IFRI and theÖFZ  are accessible on the CFA's web page.

Both the Austrian and the French government account equally for the budget of the ÖFZ. Depending on the nature of the treated subjects, subsidies by the European Commission and public or private institutions also contribute to the funding of the events. The activities of the ÖFZ are decided by a directorate which elects among its members the president and the secretary general.


Thierry de MONTBRIAL, Honorary President


Since June 2015, Dominique DAVID is CFA's President.


CFA  in Vienna

  • Hans-Dietmar SCHWEISGUT , General Secretary
  • Ambassador Dr. Peter JANKOWITSCH, member of Direction Committee and former General Secretary
  • Dr. Florent MARCIAQ, Deputy General Secretary and Associated Research Fellow
  • Katharina SIGWALD, Project Manager,

Centre Franco-Autrichien pour le Rapprochement en Europe (CFA)
Salzgries, 19/16
A - 1010 Vienne

Dominique DAVID

Advisor to the Executive Chairman, editor-in-chief of Politique étrangère and co-director of RAMSES

By: Florent MARCIACQ, Romain LE QUINIOU, (eds.)

After years of lower interest, France has signaled its ambition to re-engage in the Western Balkans. It is not starting from scratch. Historical affinities with the countries of the region abound, in culture, sciences, politics, and economy.

By: Nele Katharina WISSMANN, Łukasz JURCZYSZYN

The coronavirus crisis has affected the countries of the Weimar Triangle to varying degrees. Bilateral relations between Germany and Poland as well as Germany and France have been strongly influenced by border closures, which have led to tensions between the countries. 


This report presents the outcomes of a recently-completed research project1 aimed at uncovering the different ways in which energy poverty – understood as a condition wherein the domestic energy services available to a household are below socially and materially necessitated levels – is...


An Interim Agreement on Trade and Trade related aspects (ITA), signed between the European Community and Serbia in April 2008, entered into force on February 1, 2010. This ITA, as a part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, “establishes a bilateral free trade area over a period...

Tuesday 27 October 2020
from 09:00 to 12:15 - Videoconferences

A little more than 40 years since China's opening and reform it has risen to a comprehensive global power which is a strategic partner, but also a competitor and even a strategic rival for the EU. The expectation that China's system of governance would gradually converge with a liberal, open,...

Wednesday 07 October 2020
from 14:00 to 15:15 - External Events

EU-Russia relations have barely improved since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014. Geopolitical tensions remain vivid in the East and have rendered the situation across the EU’s neighbourhoods particularly volatile. During his visit in Warsaw in February 2020, President Macron...

Wednesday 23 May 2018 to Friday 25 May 2018
from Wednesday 23 May 2018 14:00 to Friday 25 May 2018 19:00 - External Events

The post-Cold War international order continues to generate contradictions and vulnerabilities. Stability and predictability based on trust and effective institutions are being undermined by both old and new conflicts. Cooperation increasingly gives way to unilateral actions as states and...

Sunday 10 December 2017 to Tuesday 12 December 2017
from Sunday 10 December 2017 18:00 to Tuesday 12 December 2017 11:45 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum 2017 (EaP-RF) is an initiative inspired by the on-going “EU-Western Balkans Reflection Forum Initiative” (WB-RF). The latter was launched in 2015 in support of the so-called “Berlin Process”, an intergovernmental initiative aimed at promoting reforms...