Last weekend, on Saturday 30 June, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel participated in the opening event of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU (July – December 2018). The presidency of the Council rotates among the 28 EU member states every six months.
The Austrian Federal Chancellery invited 5,000 guests, including members of the Vienna-based diplomatic corps to the informal festivities, under the motto “Servus Europa” (Hello Europe) at the famous Planai slope in Schladming in the province of Styria.
Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, holding the Presidency during the first term of 2018, passed the baton on to Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in the presence of the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
The event provided an excellent opportunity for Madam Ambassador to engage with fellow diplomats, as well as representatives from the economy, culture, media and civil society.
Traditional, local food was served and live bands performed music at this well-organized and well-received event, held at this picturesque location.
On 1 January 2019, Romania will take over the EU Council leadership.
Afghanistan wishes Austria every success for the Presidency.