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VIAC CAN connecting the dots: CEE / SEE in focus
VIAC CAN connecting the dots: CEE / SEE in focus

Fr., 17. Feb.



VIAC CAN connecting the dots: CEE / SEE in focus

Time & Location

17. Feb. 2023, 10:00 – 17:30 MEZ

Wien, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1040 Wien, Austria

About the event

Nikolaus Pitkowitz, VIAC President, opened the Congress by introducing VIAC, its structure and the team. Niamh Leinwather, VIAC Secretary General divulged how the idea for the VIAC CAN evolved. She emphasises that VIAC is really only a very young institution at the age of 50 and how she is confident that it can truly expand its reach in the next 50 years. Niamh also introduced the VIAC CAN triangle: VIAC – VIAC Ambassadors – Advantage Austria. Following her presentation, Michael Otter, CEO Advantage Austria, presented the work of Advantage Austria and their Trade Commissioners in more detail and assured the audience that Advantage Austria is dedicated to collaborating with VIAC Ambassadors in the region.    

During the panel discussions we heard our Ambassadors speak about the potential VIAC has in Romania, ideas on how we could penetrate smaller markets like Albania and Kosovo and suggestions as to how to put “VIAC DNA” into the Polish arbitration community. We discussed the Vienna Rules on Investment Arbitration and considered the potential domino effect that the recent inclusion of the VIAC investment clause in the Hungarian investment treaties with the Balkans might have on the region. Interestingly, the majority of participants agreed that their countries may consider following this trend. We learned about the BIT policy in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Slovakia. Further on, we broadened our horizons with short discussions about Legal Tech, Energy, Post M&A, Construction and Mediation from the third panel with our Ambassadors coming from Türkiye, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sincere thanks to the speakers and the audience for such great discussions and thanks to all that joined us for a really relaxed dinner after the Congress at Salonplafond in the heart of Vienna.

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