The national holiday of Austria, October 26, was marked last night in Sarajevo with a reception in the City Hall, organized by the Embassy of Austria in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Many invitees, representatives of authorities, political, cultural and religious life, members of the diplomatic core and many other guests from two countries attended this event.
They were welcomed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in BiH Martin Pammer.
In his addressing speech, Ambassador Pammer said that the Austrian national holiday is marked on the day when the Constitutional Law on permanent neutrality was adopted in 1955, becoming a part of the new Austrian identity.
After the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1918, the civil war, annexation and after the end of the Second World War, Austria was created. Today, it is known for its democracy, the rule of law, functional market economy, social partnership and perspectives for the future, and it is a country that many people still see as a destination for immigration.
“It was possible to achieve this because the most diverse political and social powers cooperated, compromised and actively and constructively searched for a joint future. Client- and group-oriented behavior that encourages conflict, in the interest of inclusive patriotism, was tamed and placed into the background. That was the recipe for success,” said Pammer.
Pammer also said that BiH and Austria are connected by a lot more than what is generally known – historical events, countless bridges and ties between people, almost neighborly tight network of cooperation between institutions and bodies of administration, in the field of economy, sport, art and creation, and there is still a lot space for improvement.