DSC 0039 webIACA opened its doors to the Laxenburg community last week to give local residents an insight into the organization’s work, its historic campus, and the international atmosphere of the 2017 Summer Academy.

The festive Open Day (“Tag der Offenen Tür” in German) began with guided tours of Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, which has been IACA’s home since 2011. During its long history the building previously served among other things as an aristocratic residence, military hospital, and girls’ school.

IMG 6288DSC 0005 webSome of the visitors had themselves studied here as girls and were happy to see how the building had been modernized and adapted to the needs of an international organization.

Following the tours the guests were formally welcomed by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Mr. Robert Dienst, the mayor of Laxenburg, with Mr. Kreutner giving a brief introduction to the Academy’s work. The police band of Lower Austria provided a musical accompaniment to the proceedings.

Many residents stayed for the opening ceremony of the IACA Summer Academy, which this year has brought anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around 40 countries to Laxenburg.

IMG 6214The Open Day generated extremely positive feedback from the local population. IACA looks forward to other similar activities in the future and would like to thank Mayor Dienst, the municipality, and Laxenburg’s residents for their support and participation in such an enjoyable afternoon.