International Congress in Krakow

Ernst Woller, President of the Vienna Provincial Parliament, participated in the Open Eyes Economy Summit in Krakow and visited the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

A man stands in front of a memorial with wreaths

Ernst Woller visited the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The Open Eyes Economy Summit is an economic and social congress with global ambitions. Its participants debate the need to build a responsible civil society that also demands responsibility from business and government.

This year's congress in Krakow addressed topics such as diversity management, multigenerational and multicultural organisations, streaming and gaming, historical cities, corporate social and environmental responsibility, the implementation of innovative projects, and cyber security and trust in digitalization. 1,500 guests were present on site, and another 3,700 people participated online. Altogether, 37 countries were represented at the congress.

Vienna takes part in panel discussion

The President of the Provincial Parliament, Ernst Woller, contributed to the panel discussion on "Historic Cities". The debate focused on the protection of historic cityscapes, the management of historic sites, and best practice examples in response to the current challenges facing the tourism industry.

Organisation of UNESCO World Heritage Cities

The Krakow congress was co-organised by the Organization of UNESCO World Heritage Cities (OWHC), which serves as a forum for mutual exchange and cooperation for over 300 member cities involved in the management of UNESCO World Heritage properties. The City of Vienna has taken a highly active part in the OWHC for many years, and also contributes to the work of the Regional Secretariats for central and southern Europe.

Wreath laid at Auschwitz

In memory of more than 1 million people who were murdered in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, President of the Provincial Parliament Ernst Woller visited the memorial site and laid a wreath at the Wall of Death on behalf of the City of Vienna.

"The shocking extent of the Nazi extermination machinery is visible more plainly here than at any other site. We must never forget the horror and the deep guilt we encounter here", Woller said. Afterwards, he visited the new Austrian exhibition at the site, which specifically addresses the role of Austrians as perpetrators under the Nazi regime for the first time.

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