Ex-Austrian chancellor sees offer "in positive light"

BELGRADE -- Former Austrian chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer on Wednesday confirmed that he received an offer from the Serbian government.

(Manfred Werner/Tsui/Wikimedia Commons)
(Manfred Werner/Tsui/Wikimedia Commons)

Gusenbauer noted that he saw it "in a positive light."

In a written statement for the APA news agency, the former official stated he and Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić discussed the offer in Belgrade last Friday.

Gusenbauer said he has still not signed a deal with the Serbian government, but sees his future cooperation with the them in a positive light.

"Following Slovenia's and Croatia's EU accession, Serbia's path toward the EU represents another important step towards the stabilization of the territory of the former Yugoslavia and the entire Western Balkans. The EU's next peacebuidling and political task, after the establishment of peace in Western Europe after World War Two and the end of the Cold War, is undoubtedly the stabilization of the Western Balkans and the overcoming of war traumas in the territory of the former Yugoslavia," he said.

Gusenbauer works as an advisor for a series of companies across the world, including Novomatic and Equitas Capital, is on the managing board at Strabag and Signa Prime Selection AG, and has also advised Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank, the German WAZ Group, Alpine Bau GmbH, and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.