DSC 0809IACA welcomed residents of Laxenburg and the neighbouring communities of Achau, Biedermannsdorf, and Münchendorf on Friday for the organization’s second Open Day (“Tag der Offenen Tür” in German).

The festive occasion gave the local population the chance to tour IACA’s historic campus, get insights into the organization’s work and daily activities, and enjoy a taste of its current programmes, including the 2018 Summer Academy.

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Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, IACA’s home since 2011, has a long and fascinating history. It was previously an aristocratic residence, military hospital, and girls’ school, among other uses, and some of the visitors who took the guided tours last Friday had their own personal connections to the building.

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The guests were then formally welcomed by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Ms. Elisabeth Maxim, the vice-mayor of Laxenburg, with the police band of Lower Austria providing musical accompaniment.

Many visitors also joined the opening ceremony of the eighth IACA Summer Academy, which this year has attracted anti-corruption and compliance professionals from some 40 countries and all regions.

DSC 0844Feedback afterwards from the local population was highly positive, as was also the case with IACA’s inaugural Open Day in 2017. IACA would like to thank Laxenburg and the other local communities for their support and interest and looks forward to further joint activities in the future.