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 web page www.oefz.at. 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.
Since June 2015, Dominique DAVID is the CFA's President.
CFA in Vienna
- 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
- Magda STUMVOLL, Project Manager , firstname.lastname@example.org
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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...
The Use of Force in the Kosovo Affair and International Law Paris : Ifri, 2001. - 42 p. (Transatlantic series), (Notes de l'Ifri, No. 22 bis)
An analysis of the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo in the eyes of international law and the UN Charter.
Russia's Security Relations with the West after Kosovo and Chechnya Paris : Ifri, 2000. - 48 p. (Transatlantic Series), (Notes de l'Ifri, No.19)
This study analyzes the new relationship between Russia and Western countries since the beginning of the 1990s.
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...
The European Union and its Eastern Partners - Current approaches to regional cooperation Eastern partnership Forum in the framework of the Belarusian Presidency of the EU
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...
The Balkans Silk Road - New Perspectives for the Western Balkans as China and the European Union Connect in South Eastern Europe Séminaire international d'experts
A seminar of the Reflection Forum "The Western Balkans in the European Union" - Participation upon invitation only
The Western Balkans in the European Union: Perspectives of a Region in Europe? International Conference
Reflection Forum on the run-up to the Summit of Trieste on the Western Balkans
The Western Balkans in the European Union: Enlargement to What, Accession to What? International Conference
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
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.
Pan-european Integration Processes:Towards a Mutual Vision through Cross-Border Synergies, Minsk Conférence-débat de l'Ifri et du Centre franco-autrichien pour le rapprochement en Europe (CFA)
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...
The Western Balkans in the European Union: New Perspectives on Integration? Refection Forum in the Run-up to the Conference of Paris on the Western Balkans, Paris
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...
Serbia and the European Integration of the Western Balkans Exchanges of views in the run-up to the conference of Paris
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...
Enver HOXHAJ, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères de la République du Kosovo: State-Building process in Kosovo
Conférence présidée par Dominique David, directeur exécutif, Ifri
Cette conférence s'inscrit dans le cadre des activités du Centre franco-autrichien pour le rapprochement en Europe (CFA).