The President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović met today in Salzburg with Stefan Schnöll a member of the government of the Austrian Province of Salzburg in charge of transport, infrastructure and sports.
During the meeting, the interlocutors exchanged views on the current political and economic issues in the Republic of Srpska, BiH and the region, especially in the context of opportunities for improving economic cooperation.
On this occasion, the President Cvijanović expressed satisfaction with the fact that many Austrian investors recognised the Republic of Srpska as a promising investment destination, and that Austria was one of the most important foreign trade partners and foreign investors in the Republic of Srpska.
Therefore, the possibilities of additional economic integration of the province of Salzburg and the Republic of Srpska were discussed, especially in the fields of infrastructure, transport and the transfer of knowledge in the field of new technologies.
Stefan Schnöll, who is also the President of the Youth of the Austrian People’s Party and a close associate of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, took an interest in political opportunities in the Republic of Srpska and BiH, pointing out that cooperation among young people could be a good basis for improvement in political, economic and institutional terms.
At the meeting, concrete steps for further institutional cooperation through joint projects were agreed as well as activities that will be implemented over the next year.
The President Cvijanović also met in Salzburg today with Franz Schausberger Chair of the Institute of the Regions of Europe. On this occasion, the good cooperation of the Republic of Srpska with the Institute was highlighted and they also discussed a new project – establishing contact points for regional and European cooperation in the municipalities and cities of the Republic of Srpska.
The President Cvijanović is also scheduled to meet with the Governor of Salzburg, representatives of the Salzburg Chamber of Commerce, representatives of the diaspora and members of the business community originating from the Republic of Srpska.