The opening of the Political and Legal Symposia of the European Forum Alpbach kicked off on August 24th.
Together with President Alexander Van der Bellen of Austria, President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of the United Nations General Assembly, Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein of Austria, and a number of other world political leaders, BKMC Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer and their spouses attended the welcome and opening ceremony.
The welcome ceremony took place outside with various cultural and traditional performances and was followed by the indoor opening ceremony. The opening featured local, national and international leaders as its key speakers:
- María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly
- Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of Austria
- Brigitte Bierlein, Federal Chancellor of Austria
- Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach
© BKMC / Eugenie Berger
© EFA / Andrei Pungovschi, Bogdan Baraghin, Iryna Yeroshko