The 1st Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe was held in Vienna on 8 and 9 October 1993, at the joint initiative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Austrian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. After the major upheavals on our continent between 1989 and 1991, the Council of Europe found a leading political role in bringing the ex-communist countries into the family of democratic European states. The Vienna Summit traced the outlines for a new Europe, putting an end to the political divide and ideology of the past. It laid the foundations for a Greater Europe stretching from Reykjavik to Vladivostok. Ambassador Hans Winkler, as Permanent Representative of Austria to the Council of Europe, was the kingpin in the preparation of the summit and he tells us his story.
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