AJC's Transatlantic Friends of Israel Opens Austrian Chapter


Wednesday, October 13, 2021 18:00

AJC's Transatlantic Friends of Israel Opens Austrian Chapter

After the launch of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) inter-parliamentary group in the EU Parliament in July 2019, the first national chapter opened on October 13 in the Austrian parliament, under the leadership of Chair MP Martin Engelberg and the support of lawmakers from the Greens, the Social-Democrats and NEOS, the liberal party.

Attended by a large gathering of lawmakers, diplomats, government officials and policymakers, the opening of the chapter was facilitated by TFI Chair Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament from Austria. Lukas Mandl played an instrumental role in coordinating the launch between the AJC Transatlantic Institute in Brussels and the Austrian Parliament, including with TFI Austria Chair MP Martin Engelberg. 

The standing-room-only audience of some 100 people included 20 Members of the Austrian Parliament, representing the four political groups, and 25 key parliamentary staffers.

The President of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka, the Ambassador of Israel to Austria Mordechai Rodgold and the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. and Canada to Austria delivered special addresses to the gathering.

With over 150 parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic as members, the growing TFI network is the first-ever cross-party friendship caucus specifically committed to strengthening the trilateral partnership between the U.S., Israel, and Europe.

Date and time

Date and time

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
12:00 - 12:00 EDT
17:00 - 17:00 WEST
18:00 - 18:00 CEST
19:00 - 19:00 EEST


Austrian Parliament

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