Municipal Department 27 - European Affairs (MA 27)

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Municipal Department 27 (MA 27) is the European department of the City of Vienna. Organisationally, it is answerable to the Administrative Group for Group for Finance, Business, Digital Innovation and International Affairs. It also comprises the Brussels Liaison Office of the City of Vienna as well as international activities including Viennese balls, international liaison offices in eight cities of Central and South-eastern Europe as well as development co-operation and humanitarian aid extended by the City of Vienna.

To begin with, the Department is chiefly tasked with monitoring, analysing and reporting on current developments in the areas specified below. In order to prepare decisions and initiate suitable measures, its work often extends to the EU level and hence also involves the representation of Vienna, participation in national and European networks as well as lobbying activities.

Networking with other cities, regions and further actors from the areas of politics, administration, NGOs, business, science and research, et cetera is of key importance for the activities of Municipal Department 27.

In the field of EU funding, participation in the development and negotiation of the legal basis of such programmes is followed by administration of the respective monies.

Thematic orientation

The key tasks of Municipal Department 27 include:

  • General affairs relating to the EU
  • EU-related co-ordination within the Vienna City Administration
  • Positioning of Vienna in Europe; management of the Brussels Liaison Office
  • Services of general interest
  • EU cohesion policy for Vienna and the CENTROPE Region
  • Promotion of international contacts through the support of Viennese balls
  • Exchange via international liaison offices in eight cities of Central and South-eastern Europe
  • Development co-operation and humanitarian aid

In the above areas, Municipal Department 27 posits itself as a central contact point with a highly qualified staff in Vienna. Due to the exacting standards of specialisation required by the individual areas of activity, particular importance is attached to expert training within Municipal Department 27.


Municipal Department 27 aims at the positioning of Vienna - above all in Central and South-eastern Europe - in the context of the European unification process, but also to strengthen the international visibility of the Austrian capital.

Target groups

  • Political and administrative decision-makers
    • of the City of Vienna
    • of the Federal Republic
    • of the EU (European Commission, European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, et cetera)
    • at the economic level
      • of Europe
      • worldwide
  • Population of Vienna and of the CENTROPE Region
  • NGOs (in the fields of development co-operation and humanitarian aid)


Networking with partners in Austria and abroad provides an essential basis for the work of the Department. For this reason, Municipal Department 27 is represented in numerous networks within the context of the City of Vienna as well as nationally and internationally and maintains an intensive exchange of knowledge and experience.

Importance for Vienna

The expertise of Municipal Department 27 serves to recognise, at an early date, such developments in the above-described areas as might impact Vienna, to prepare suitable positions for adoption by the Austrian capital and, if necessary, to highlight alternative options in order to counteract potential negative trends. In due course, this is followed by intensive lobbying to advance Vienna’s interests at the European level.

International city surveys regularly place Vienna's performance at the top: in practically all rankings, Vienna occupies a leading or at least an excellent position. This satisfactory standing contributes significantly to ensuring the economic attractiveness of the Austrian capital in the international competition between urban and metropolitan locations.

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City of Vienna | European Affairs (Eva Gsteu-Kirschbaum)
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