Institute of the Regions of Europe

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Institute of the Regions of Europe
- IRE -
Institute of the Regions of Europe - IRE -
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Legal form of the carrier: Non-profit private foundation (established: December 21, 2004)
Facility location: Nonntaler Hauptstrasse 58, Salzburg / Austria
Management: Chairman: Franz Schausberger

Deputy Chairman: Stefan Eder

Board member: Helmut Falschlehner

Employee: Secretary General: Joachim Fritz

Administration, Office Management & Organization: Martina Balažic

European Affairs, Communication, PR & Media: Lisa-Marie Stauffer


The Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) ( English Institute of the Regions of Europe ; IRE ) is a scientific institute based in Salzburg ( Austria ) and was on 21 December 2004 by former Salzburg governor Franz Schausberger founded. The institute is part of the Institute of the Regions of Europe (non-profit) private foundation founded in autumn 2004.

Goal setting

The foundation was established with the aim of creating a forum for European regions, municipalities and companies. With the founding of the IRE, a supra-regional and non-partisan institution was created which, in an enlarged Europe, takes on the task of taking into account the increasing importance of regions and municipalities - also on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty - and of reducing existing information deficits and addressing the diverse Accept problems and try to use the possible economic potential of regional, but also supra-regional cooperation between the regions of Europe.

An important area is the creation of networks between regions, municipalities and other areas of public action as well as the economy to assert their interests. This applies above all to the new EU member states as well as to the candidate countries for the next admission round or to those states that are striving for this status.

With its activities and initiatives, the IRE supports regionalization and decentralization and is a point of contact for relevant questions and challenges. A small but committed and competent team based in Salzburg offers advice for many of these regions, communities, companies and institutions.

As a non-party and non-profit organization, the IRE would like to reduce existing information deficits and contribute to using the economic potential of the European regions and promoting cross-border cooperation. As a supporter of European integration , the institute is committed to the European principles of democracy , tolerance , international understanding and subsidiarity . The institute is financed by founders, membership fees and sponsorship. It is based in Salzburg / Austria and also has an administrative infrastructure in Vienna .


More than 130 regional and local authorities from 23 European countries are currently part of the IRE network. The members and supporters of the IRE are on the one hand regions, cities and municipalities of Europe and on the other hand important business enterprises. Further members become partners of the institute through the Association for the Promotion of the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE).


On behalf of the Austrian EU Council Presidency , the IRE held the series of events Café d'Europe in all EU capitals on Europe Day , May 9, 2006 . The relaxed atmosphere of a traditional coffee house should be used to discuss European policy issues such as the integration process and the involvement of the civilian population in the EU. As a result, the IRE continued this type of event under the title "Café d'Europe Régional" in numerous European cities. Top-class speakers from politics, diplomacy and business discussed with a young audience.

The annual conference of European regions and cities is organized on current topics for regions and cities in Europe with a view to future strategies and challenges for politics and business. This conference brings together around 300 political and economic representatives from different regions of Europe every year.

In addition, specialist conferences on specific regional political issues are held continuously.

Scientific activity

The focus of scientific research at the IRE is on regional and local election research, regionalization and decentralization in Europe and in regional and local history.

The IRE newsregion appears four times a year and informs more than 2,000 people in Europe about the activities of the IRE.

The IRE series includes academic work on the following topics: regional and local election analysis, political systems, regional location development, EU regional policy and other areas related to regionalism and decentralization. Every 2 years the IRE publishes the yearbook for regionalism .

Internship program

The IRE offers the opportunity to do internships at the institute in Salzburg. That is why the IRE cooperates with various universities and institutes across Europe. Over 200 students from various fields of study from different countries have deepened a topic with a European or regional political focus as part of an academic paper and published it in the IRE series.

Economic Board

  • Hermann Anderl - Managing Director, Canon CEE GmbH
  • Wolfgang Anzengruber - CEO, Verbund AG
  • Stefan Dörfler - Chairman of the Board of Management, Erste Bank of the Austrian Sparkassen AG
  • Peter Haubner - General Secretary, Austrian Economic Association
  • Andreas Hopf - Managing Director, Central Danube Region Marketing & Development
  • Johannes Hörl - General Director & CEO, Großglockner Hochalpenstrasse
  • Franz Hrachowitz - Managing Director, TRASYS Beteiligungs- und Management GmbH
  • Đorđa Kojić - Managing Director, Brčko Gas doo
  • Klaus Mangold - Managing Director, Mangold Consulting GmbH
  • Susanne Riess - CEO, Bausparkasse Wüstenrot AG
  • Veronika Seitweger - Auditor, Tax Advisor & Partner, TPA Steuerberatung GmbH
  • Alois Steinbichler - CEO, Kommunalkredit Austria AG
  • Werner Steinecker - CEO, Energie AG Upper Austria
  • Markus Strasser-Stöckl - Managing Director & General Director, Network Quality Management GmbH
  • Christian Struber - Managing Director, Salzburg Wohnbau GmbH
  • Josef Taus - CEO, Management Trust Holding AG
  • Zvjezdan Višt - founder & managing director, Wischt doo
  • Kurt Weinberger - Chairman of the Board, Austrian Hail Insurance
  • Walter Zandanell - General Director & CEO, Volksbank Salzburg

Board of Patrons

The activities of the IRE correspond to the idea of ​​a "Europe of the Regions" based on the subsidiarity principle , which is one of the pillars of the European Union . The members of the “Board of Patrons” support the aims of the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE).

Advisory Board

The institute's advisory board consists of entrepreneurs, public officials and scientific experts.

Members of the Advisory Board:

  • Gerhard H. Bauer, former managing director of the Austrian Society for European Policy i. R.
  • Karl Edtstadler, retired state parliament director D. (Salzburg)
  • Roland Ertl , Chief of Staff i. R.
  • Wendelin Ettmayer , Ambassador i. R.
  • KR Gerhard Feltl, Deputy Chairman of the IRE Förderverein
  • Martin Faulstich , Director, INZIN Institute, Düsseldorf
  • Wolfgang Friess, former head of the presidential department of the State of Salzburg
  • Gerhard Gamperl, managing director of VERBUND AG
  • Christian Hasenleithner, Managing Director Energie AG Wasser GmbH
  • Stefan Heiglauer, Head of CEE Region, Österreichische Post AG
  • Roman Himmler, Sales Manager, Kapsch TrafficCom AG
  • Andreas Hopf, Managing Director, Central Danube Region Marketing & Development GmbH
  • Jugoslav Jovicic, ambassador ret. D. and voluntary scientific coordinator of the IRE in the Western Balkans
  • Georg Krauchenberg, former regional manager for Southeast Europe, Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Danube Region Strategy
  • Erik Kroiher, Kapsch TrafficCom AG
  • Richard Kühnel , Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Austria
  • Franz Lückler, CEO, ACstyria Autocluster GmbH
  • KR Bernd Petrisch, member of the Salzburg state parliament i. R.
  • Dragijana Radonjić Petrović, State Secretary a. D., Belgrade, Serbia
  • Josef Pühringer , former governor of Upper Austria
  • Ernst R. Rosi, Special Advisor to the IRE Board of Directors, Raiffeisen Bank International AG
  • Oskar Wawra, Divisional Director, Municipal Directorate of the City of Vienna, Europe and International Division
  • Otto G. Zich, former chairman and managing director of Sony Europe, chairman of the university council of the University of Salzburg

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs: The Institute of the Regions of Europe. Retrieved January 31, 2018 .
  2. IRE. Accessed January 31, 2018 .
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  5. ^ Franz Schausberger (ed.): Yearbook for Regionalism 2011 . IRE short studies 9/2011. Salzburg 2011.
  6. Advisory Board. Retrieved April 20, 2018 (German).