XIX Austria - 1998
The 19th COSAC took place in Vienna on 23-24 November 1998. On 10 November 1998 negotiations on joining the EU had formally been opened with the first six applicant states. So when the Austrian Foreign Minister, Mr Wolfgang Schüssel, addressed the conference, he concentrated his introductory statement on the enlargement negotiations. The Austrian Prime Minister, Mr Viktor Klima, opened a debate on employment; and the Spanish EU Commissioner, Mr Marcelino Oreja, gave an introduction to a debate on institutional reform, with a particular emphasis on transparency.