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Our Partner Country 2022

Austria is the partner country of the Smart Country Convention 2022!

As a pioneer of E-Government and smart cities, Austria is this year’s official partner country of the Smart Country Convention. Our neighbours will be presenting innovative digital applications for local government and the public sector and digitization at town, municipal and county level.

"I am delighted that after the many months of the pandemic Austria will be back as partner country on the stage that is the Smart Country Convention 2022. Many years ago, Austria already began digitally transforming many areas of local government, ranging from the e-Card, the electronic filing of court proceedings and tax declarations, to parking by smartphone. Austrian companies will be presenting their outstanding know-how and innovative drive at the Smart Country Convention 2022; fascinating lectures and deep dive sessions on topics including E-Government, smart cities and digitalisation will round off the programme."

Dr. Michael Scherz, Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin

Digital transformation as a way out of the crisis

The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated how important digitalisation is to maintain a functioning economy and stateDigital transformation is crucial to ensuring competitiveness, growth and wealth throughout Europe in the future.

The digital transformation of the economy

The focus here is on optimising work processes and lowering costs, connecting production and information technology and becoming more crisis-resistant by creating new sales channels.

E-Government and local authorities

As an E-Government pioneer Austria is already exploiting the potential that digitalisation offers for greater efficiency in local government and ensuring it serves the public. The primary aim is to establish and expand digital processes, thus making it possible to lower costs while increasing productivity and at the same time reducing bureaucracy.

Among European countries Austria ranks third in a 2020 E-Government benchmark comparison. The key criteria here are the focus on users, transparency, cross-border access and the basic infrastructure.

On average in the EU, 55 per cent of internet users communicate online with local authorities – in Austria that figure is significantly higher, at 70 per cent.

Education and research

In education and research, digitalisation is crucial to becoming an innovation leader in Europe and the world. Modern teaching, first-class training and further education, outstanding digital research and spaces for testing innovation make Austria a high-profile international hotspot pointing business and society in a new direction.

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A look back at our partner countries

Every year, the Smart Country Convention focuses on a particular country, as digitization does not stop at national borders. Looking beyond the horizon is worthwhile – to gain knowledge, network and exchange views. In recent years Denmark and Lithuania, both pioneers, have shown how digitizing local government and developing smart cities and regions can succeed.

Dr. Michael Scherz

Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin
Austrian Embassy – Commercial Section

Curriculum Vitae

since 09/2020
Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin

10/2017 – 08/2020
Head of Innovation at AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA in Vienna

09/2011 – 09/2017
Commercial Counsellor for the Austrian Consulate in Munich

09/2010 – 08/2011
Head of Marketing at AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA in Vienna

01/2009 – 08/2011
Head of International Technology Cooperation at AUSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA in Vienna

07/2008 – 12/2008
Regional manager for Germany, Switzerland and Italy at AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA in Vienna

10/2003 – 06/2008 Commercial Counsellor for the Austrian Embassy in Rome, based in Padua

12/1998 – 09/2003
Commercial Counsellor for the Austrian Embassy in Sarajevo

05/1996 – 12/1998
Commercial attaché in New York 11/1993 – 04/1996 Commercial attaché in Paris

07/1990 – 10/1993
Commercial attaché in Johannesburg

04/1988 – 06/1989
Commercial attaché in Jakarta

08/1986 – 03/1988
Commercial attaché in Bucharest

07/1985 – 08/1986
Joined the Export Trade Department of the Federal Chamber of Commerce. Qualified as a Commercial Counsellor

11/1984 – 06/1985
Traineeship at the regional courts of Innsbruck and Vienna

1980 - 1984
Studied Law at the University of Innsbruck
Gained a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence

1979 - 1980
Basic military service

1971 - 1979
Bundesgymnasium (high school), Bregenz

Date and place of birth: 26 June 1961, Bregenz

Dr. Michael Scherz

Dr. Margarete Schramböck

Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs
Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

Dr. Margarete Schramböck

Margarete Schramböck was appointed as Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs on 7 January 2020.

Curriculum Vitae

Margarete Schramböck was born 1970 in Tyrol, Austria. She studied Business Administration at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna (WU), where she obtained her Doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences in 1997.

Before Ms Schramböck started her career in 2002 as CEO of NextiraOne, an IT communications company based in Paris, she was occupying a management position at Alcatel. From December 2008 to December 2011 she became Managing Director of NextiraOne Germany. In 2014 Ms Schramböck began working as CEO of Dimension Data Austria, which is a globally leading provider of network and communications technologies and IT services, in particular in the fields of network and computer centres, cloud services, IT security, voice and video communications as well as application integration. Between 2016 and 2017 she was CEO of A1 Telekom Austria.

On 18 December 2017 Margarete Schramböck was appointed Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy and from 8 January 2018 to 3 June 2019 she was Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.

Ms Schramböck remains deeply attached to her Alma Mater and is a member of the WU's Center of Excellence. In 2017 she was elected both Tyrolean of the Year and University of Economics and Business in Vienna WU Manager of 2017.

Margarete was a Member of the National Council from 23 October 2019 to 7 January 2020.

Margarete Schramböck was appointed as Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs on 7 January 2020.