During the General Assembly of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), held on 4 October 2022, Friedrich Faulhammer was elected as the new Chairman. Since 2020 Faulhammer had been vice-chairman and from 2019 onwards he had already been a member of the board. He said, that in his position as the new chairman appointed for the next three years, it is his intention to focus on a close collaboration between research and society. Further, IDM and the University for Continuing Education will further deepen their long-standing cooperation.
Erhard Busek, former vice chancellor and head of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and long-time chairman, passed away in March 2022. After that, Friedrich Faulhammer had taken over the interim chairmanship of the institute together with DI Rudolf Schicker. Now, in his first statement as chairman, Faulhammer emphasized the IDM as a "guarantor of cross-border expertise and cooperation." The objective, Faulhammer said, is to “focus even more purposefully on close cooperation between research and other areas of society by joining forces with our cooperation partners in the region."
The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) was founded in 1953. It addresses current issues concerning the Danube Region, Central and Southeastern Europe and seeks to foster continous good neighborly relations by sharing knowledge about the region. It has been many years that the IDM and the University for Continuing Education Krems have been cooperating on organizing the annual Danube Conference to discuss trends and developments in the countries of the Danube region. To develop and carry out joint activities directed towards the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and to further build scientific and technical competence at the IDM, a cooperation agreement has been in place since the beginning of 2022.