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Why Local Government Summer talks?

The communities are places of life, nature, culture, school and work. And they are suppliers and business locations. What are the challenges facing municipalities and local authorities in Austria? Which are the decisions to be taken by Austrian Municipalities in order to meet tomorrow’s goals? What kind of infrastructure do citizens need in the long term? How can the attractiveness of a location in terms of education and training, job opportunities and security of supply be ensured? Is the location well connected? And how are the communities prepared for crises?

The idea of a platform for the discussion of municipal issues of the future dates back to 2005. At the initiative of the Association of Austrian Municipalities and Kommunalkredit, national and international representatives of the business community, academia, the world of politics and the media have met since then for three days every year to address current issues, present best-practice examples, elaborate possible solutions and engage in networking.

At a healthy distance from everyday affairs, the town of Bad Aussee in the Province of Styria, located at the centre of Austria, provides an ideal forum for a think tank. The diversity of formats is an essential component of the event: Lectures, keynote speeches, panel and plenary discussions as well as workshops, and enough time for a casual get-together.

Over the years, the KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE has established itself beyond Austria’s borders as a renowned knowledge platform. The 2020 Symposium from 27 to 28 August will focus on the topic of “Sustainable services of general interest. Crisis-proof into the future.”

Programme 2020

Sustainable services of general interest. Crisis-proof into the future.

The challenges posed by the drastic but necessary restrictions to overcome the recent global health crisis illustrate the need for a functioning infrastructure for social and economic well-being. This includes a relevant social infrastructure, a secure energy supply and a high-performance communications structure.

How are we prepared for such crisis scenarios? What needs to be considered in the future? Which measures must be effective? While everyday life was characterized by social distance (home office) and reduction to the essentials, a digital convergence took place at the same time. What experiences are we taking with us? What can, what should remain?

We are called upon to create sustainable economic and social foundations in order to keep everyday life and thus the economic engine running. We are striving to channel communication and finance in order to maintain the continuity of all units. We are aware of the need to invest in infrastructure in order to be better equipped for the future. The communities as suppliers, business locations, schools, workplaces, cultural, natural and living spaces are doing this every day.

Sustainable – regional – appreciative – together. We will talk about challenges, experiences and opportunities after these months at this year’s KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE. Let’s work together to make our future even more crisis-proof.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Here you can find the programme

Registration & Costs

Join us!

The general registration fee is EUR 200.00 per person, including VAT. It covers all events of the KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE. Please note that costs of travel and accommodation as well as other costs are not included in the registration fee. The fee applies equally to participants.

Participation is free of charge for young members of municipal and local governments. Young politicians (below the age of 30) engaged in your community are cordially invited to participate actively in the three-day event. Every paying municipal representative who brings a young politician to the KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE (MUNICIPAL SUMMER SYMPOSIUM) can do so at no extra cost, except for the costs of travel and accommodation. Please send your registration under “Jugendgemeinderat KSG 2020” to Ms. Anna Nödl-Ellenbogen.

Transport on site
A shuttle service for all participants will be available between the hotels and the venues of the KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE. Give your car a break for three days!

Hotel reservations
We have reserved room contingents for the KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE. Please make your selection at the end of your registration. You will receive confirmation of your hotel directly from the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut Tourist Office.

Tourismusverband Ausseerland – Salzkammergut
Bahnhofstraße 132
A-8990 Bad Aussee
P: +43 3622 540 40-0
info@ausseerland.at | www.ausseerland.at

Your safety on site.
Due to the current positive development of the epidemiological situation in Austria it is possible to hold the KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE this year. We are anxious to provide for your health safety on site in the best possible way. We will, of course, comply with all applicable regulations for the holding of events. We would ask you to adhere to these precautions in your and everyone’s interest. We thank you for your support.

The registration opens shortly.

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Photos, Reports & Testimonials

See what it’s like!

Click here for photos, reports and videos of past KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE. See what the event is like or find your own pictures in case you were there.

Please understand that we can only provide this review in German.
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Contact us

We are looking forward to meeting you!

The KOMMUNALE SOMMERGESPRÄCHE is a joint event platform of the Association of Austrian Municipalities and Kommunalkredit. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Association of Austrian Municipalities
Anna Nödl-Ellenbogen
Tel.: +43 1 5121480 – 20
Mail: anna.noedl-ellenbogen@gemeindebund.gv.at
Loewelstraße 6, 1010 Wien

Kommunalkredit Austria
Marcus Mayer
Tel.: +43 1 31631- 593
Mail: m.mayer@kommunalkredit.at
Tuerkenstraße 9, 1090 Wien

Register here for the Kommunalen Sommergespräche!