Member Profile

Lower Austria (Niederösterreich)

Presentation of the Region

Lower Austria is one of the nine regions of Austria, located in the northeast of the country surrounding the Austrian capital Vienna. Since 1986, the capital of Lower Austria has been Sankt Pölten. With an area of 19,186 km2 and a population of 1.685 million people, Lower Austria is the largest and the second most populous region.

Over the past decades Lower Austria has developed from an agricultural region to an internationally recognised economic hotspot. The region has a diversified business structure with a high proportion of SMEs. Lower Austria is surrounded by high-growth markets in Central and Eastern Europe and is supported by strong networking with the economic region of Vienna which gives the region significant geographic advantages and thus an investment friendly environment.

In 2018, regional GDP in Lower Austria was € 61b, accounting for about 15.8% of Austrian GDP (Eurostat, 2020). GDP per capita in purchasing power standards (PPS) reached € 32,300 amounting to 83% of the national average (Eurostat, 2020). With exports of €22.5b (2019), Lower Austria ranks third nationally, accounting for 14.65% of national total exports. In 2019, Lower Austria’s unemployment rate of 4% (Eurostat, 2020) was low compared to the national standards (4.5%).

In Lower Austria, there are 14 tertiary education institutions and 9 other public R&D institutes. Additionally, there are 4 technology parks and several competence centres.

RIS3 Priorities

The Lower Austrian Economic Strategy 2025 foresees a bundle of instruments in four core strategies:
• Intelligent, innovative, high-quality products, materials & production
• Developments related to climate, the environment, and resources
• Digitalization, Big Data, and new business models
• High-quality, internationally prominent locations and regional centres

Instruments fostering smart specialization :
The Cluster Programme focuses on economic and technological fields of strength in the region, and aims at continuously identifying and advancing new priority topics with innovation potential and regional value creation. ecoplus as cluster management umbrella organisation currently manages 4 cluster initiatives: Green Building, Food, Plastics (e.g. focus on bio plastics) and Mechatronics (e.g. focus on Additive Manufacturing).

The Technopol Programme supports 4 R&D locations in the region combining higher education, research and businesses in specific technology niches with potential for international excellence and regional value creation. Example: Tulln, the Technopol for natural resources & biobased technology focusses on biobased process technology, agriculture and biotechnology, food and feed safety.

Digital transformation plays a major role (House of Digitalisation, DIH-OST).

In 2021, Lower Austria launches platforms for green transition & bio-economy, for health technology and aeronautics&space technology.

Political Representatives
Jochen Danninger

Minister of Economy, Tourism and Sports, Regional Government of Lower Austria

Regional Contact Persons
Kerstin Koren

Head of Department for Economy, Tourism and Technology (WST3), Office of the Regional Government of Lower Austria

Simone Hagenauer

Project Manager at ecoplus. The Lower Austrian Business Agency

Brussels Contact Persons
Victor Vaugoin

Head of the Lower Austrian Liaison Office to the EU in Brussels

Arianna Santagati-Dzikunu

Policy Officer at the Lower Austrian Liaison Office to the EU in Brussels

Regional Address

Landhausplatz 1
3109 St. Pölten
Austria

Brussels Office Address

Rue du Commerce 20-22
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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