At the table, from left: Alain Hauser, Director, Western Europe Division, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Felix KnÃ¼pling, Director, Europe Programs, Forum of Federations; Andreas Kiefer, Land Salzburg; Sigurd Pacher, Deputy Head of Mission, Austrian Embassy; Otto Ditz, Ambassador, Austrian Embassy.
The Forum of Federations hosted a presentation on the role of Austria’s LÃ¤nder (federal states) in Austria’s foreign and European policy.
The presentation was offered by Dr. Andreas Kiefer, the Director of the European department of the regional administration of the Land Salzburg.
Dr. Kiefer presented the constitutional basis of the LÃ¤nderse’ competencies and obligations with regard to Austria’s EU-policy and discussed its practical implications. The discussion centred on the internal mechanism of coordination among the LÃ¤nder as well as between the LÃ¤nder and the federal government.
Dr. Kiefer has been National Co-ordinator of the Austrian delegation in the EU Committee of the Regions and Secretary General of the network of Regions with legislative powers (‘RegLeg’). He has lectured and published extensively on Regionalism, Federalism and interregional co-operation.
The March 28, 2007, presentation was organized by the Forum of Federations. Participants included: Otto Ditz, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria; Christian Jaekl, Professor, Carleton University; Dr. Sigurd Pacher, Austrian Embassy; Alain Hausser, Director, Western Europe Division, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Filip Vandenbroeke, Deputy Head of Mission, Belgian Embassy; Peter Egyed, Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Claude Wild, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland; Stephanie Harris-Lalonde, Western Europe Division, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Marie-Anick Maille, Analyst, Privy Council Office, Government of Canada; Sebastien Hug, Embassy of Switzerland; Gerd Braune, Correspondent; Zhala Sabir, Embassy of Iraq.