honourable members of the Cyprus-Austria Business Association!
Since the end of August 2012, when I came with my family as newly appointed Ambassador of Austria to Cyprus, this country has been going through new, important and also traumatic economic and political experiences and transitions. They amounted in fact to nothing less than a rollercoaster ride. Right from the start, I have felt welcome here, during the efficiently run EU Presidency of Cyprus, and I have found an amazingly friendly acceptance and hospitality which has helped me enormously with my work. I have tried as well as I could to learn as much as possible about this wonderful country which I – as an incorrigible optimist – strongly believe has a great potential and future before it.