Strengthening of Italian-Austrian economic relations: Italy receives the Austrian Federal President – Vindobona.org

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Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen traveled to Rome this week with a trade delegation. The President was accompanied by Harald Mahrer, President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, who led the delegation of Austrian entrepreneurs.

The companies accompanying the delegation focused on renewable energy, where lucrative contracts are expected from Italy as an important trading partner.

Van der Bellen and Mahrer, who were hosted by Italian President Sergio Mattarella for lunch, also visited the headquarters of energy company ENEL.

“Italy is our second most important economic partner and has great skills in the field of green energy. It is therefore a good idea for Austrian companies to devote special attention to Italy,” said Van der Bellen in a meeting with company stakeholders. delegation in Rome.

Italy is the main beneficiary of the EU-funded “recovery plan”, he said. A significant portion of the plan’s money is spent on green energy, Van der Bellen explained. “Italy is planning major investments in the green energy sector in the coming years and we hope that Austrian companies will also be able to participate”, underlined Van der Bellen.

The two countries are similar in their joint efforts to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energies and thus free themselves from the arbitrariness of certain oil exporters, such as Russia.

“In this respect, Italy and Austria have identical interests. Austria has expertise to offer in a wide range of areas. We are not small, we have a lot of skills in green technologies, but we need to be more confident. said Van der Bellen. The conflict in Ukraine has shown how important it is to find alternative energy sources.

President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Mahrer pointed out that Austria is very successful with its technology in the field of renewable energy. The green economy creates well-paid jobs and high-quality added value. For every job in the fossil fuel sector, three jobs can be created in the green technology sector.

“We are working on energy policy solutions at European level in order to be able to overcome the current energy crisis,” Mahrer stressed.

A meeting with the CEO of ENEL, Francesco Starance, was also on the agenda of the delegation, made up of several companies active in the green energy sector.

“Some of Austria’s top e-tech specialists are present here in Rome. ENEL CEO Starace has shown great interest in Austrian companies, which are active in very different sectors,” the president said.

The Austrian business delegation includes Borealis AG CEO Thomas Gangl, AVL List CEO Helmut List and PV-Invest CEO Günther Grabner. Also present are representatives of Rosenbauer International, Salzburg AG, Schell Gmbh, VTU Group and WEB Windenergie.

Mahrer pointed out that Austria is very successful with its renewable energy technology. The green economy creates well-paid jobs and high-quality added value. For every job in the fossil fuel sector, three jobs can be created in the green technology sector.

“We are working on energy policy solutions at European level in order to be able to overcome the current energy crisis,” Mahrer stressed.

Van der Bellen and the delegation of several companies active in the green energy sector met the CEO of ENEL, Francesco Starace. “Some of Austria’s top e-tech specialists are present here in Rome. ENEL CEO Starace has shown great interest in Austrian companies, which are active in very different sectors,” the president said.

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