Following the tradition from previous years, Johanna Mikl–Leitner and Gerald Gerstbauer organized an outstanding event with Keynotes and discussions at the EFA 2020. Part of this event was a Brunch and Wine Tasting from Weingut Christian Fischer, Sooss in Böglalm during this year’s European Forum in Alpbach. There was a greatly reduced number of persons present, consisting exclusively of people who are contributing to the activities of the Forum. Moderator was Rainer Nowak, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Die Presse and Keynote had Trevor Traina, US Ambassador in Austria, together with Johanna Mikl–Leitner, Governor of Lower Austria.
The inevitable main topic was current situation with the pandemic of COVID-19, which affected all and how to master recovery. Furthermore, it was discussed about good relations between two countries, US and Austria, with emphasis on the prospect even better cooperation. Tervor Traina pointed out that the USA is the 2nd important export market for Austrian companies and that he is fighting for good political and economic relations between both countries. Johanna Mikl-Leitner pointed in her Keynote out, that Austria and Lower Austria will be also in the future a stable and reliable partner for the USA. Despite unprecedented circumstances and with all precautions taken, the event was a great place for exchanging ideas and endeavors.