Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

FOCUS SHORT

Erhard Busek receives Slovak award

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič honoured Austrian politician Erhard Busek with the highest award of the Slovak Republic – the Order of the White Double-Bar Cross – for his extraordinary contributions to the development of good relations between Slovakia and Austria, the SITA newswire reported in late June.

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič honoured Austrian politician Erhard Busek with the highest award of the Slovak Republic – the Order of the White Double-Bar Cross – for his extraordinary contributions to the development of good relations between Slovakia and Austria, the SITA newswire reported in late June.

Busek, who served as deputy mayor of Vienna from 1978 to 1987, was one of just a few politicians from the west who visited Bratislava throughout the 1980s and developed intensive contacts with Slovaks. He was a founder of the Austrian-Slovak Culture Institute in Vienna in 1982 and was one of the initiators of an acknowledgment that Slovaks were a national minority in Austria and contributed to the official recognition of that fact in 1992.

Busek was one of the first Austrian officials to participate in rallies against the communist regime in Bratislava during the Velvet Revolution and afterwards he intensively supported the development of democracy in Slovakia.

He has also spread the good name of Slovakia in more recent times through his work with NGOs and international bodies and in his writings.


Topic: Foreigners in Slovakia


Top stories

Messerschmidt created most of his character heads in Pressburg

Bratislava will name a square after the prominent artist

A replica of one head from the series Character Heads by F. X. Messerschmidt; ownership of the Slovak National Gallery

Christmas Bazaar returns to the Old Market hall

One of the events which presents diplomatic communities residing in Slovakia to the wider public is the already traditional Christmas Bazaar, which focuses on gastronomy and charity.

Christmas Bazaar 2016

Blog: The wanderer returns home

The places you visit, people you befriend, experiences that leave their mark, they all become a part of you.

Go east for real morality, Jean-Marc Barr says Photo

The French American actor/director, who plays in a Slovak co-production film, said during a recent visit to Bratislava that eastern Europe, and other eastern countries still have what America has already and what…

Jean-Marc Barr during IFF Bratislava 2017