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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


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Wednesday 05 April 2017
from 08:30 to 17:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Conference organized by  the Austro-French Center for Rapprochement in Europe (CFA) , the Instituto Affari Internazional (IAI)i , the Centre international de formation européenne (Cife), in cooperation with the Italien Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Thursday 23 February 2017
from 09:00 to 12:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The European Union (EU) has witnessed an influx of immigrants for more than two years. It has had an important impact on a great number of member states, and on the EU itself, who turned out to be, to a large extent, incapable of adopting a shared approach.

Thursday 27 October 2016
from 09:30 to 18:00 - Conférences

The conference is organised by the Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative (Belarus) in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany) and the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (Austria-France), and supported by the French...

Tuesday 31 May 2016
from 09:15 to 18:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

In August 2014, in the wake of the centenary of First World War, the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel initiated an intergovernmental process with the countries of the Western Balkans. Its aim has been to improve their cooperation, put "fundamentals first" and...

Friday 18 March 2016
from 10:00 to 17:00 - Conférences

After Berlin and Austria in 2014 and 2015 respectively, France will assume in mid-June 2016 the organisation of the next Western Balkan Summit. The purpose of this event, which is part of the Berlin-Vienna-Paris-Rome-London process, will be to maintain the European impetus in the region and...

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