On 5 July 1947, the Austrian weekly newspaper Die österreichische Furche comments on the Franco-British initiative to convene a conference in Paris on European economic cooperation with a view to drawing up an inventory of resources and needs and a joint recovery programme for the Western European countries which have accepted the US aid provided under the Marshall Plan.
On 8 July 1947, the Austrian Foreign Minister asks Alois Vollgruber, Austrian representative to the Conference on European Economic Cooperation in Paris, to ‘tread softly’ and to remain in the background, given the delicate situation in which the Austrian Government finds itself.
On 18 March 1948, the Foreign Ministry addresses a memorandum to Alois Vollgruber outlining the position to be adopted by the Austrian Delegation at the Paris Conference attended by the countries participating in the Marshall Plan.
On 6 April 1948, Karl Gruber outlines to the Austrian Council of Ministers the outcome of the Conference on European Economic Cooperation in Paris and seeks authorisation to sign the Convention establishing the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC).
The effects of the Marshall Plan in Austria (1949–1953)
On 2 July 1948, in Vienna, Adolf Schärf, Austrian Vice-Chancellor, Karl Gruber, Austrian Foreign Minister, and John George Erhardt, US Ambassador to Austria, sign an agreement regarding economic cooperation between Austria and the United States under the Marshall Plan.
On 25 August 1951, in an interview for the Austrian daily newspaper Linzer Volksblatt, Heinrich Gleißner, Governor of Upper Austria, describes the positive impact on Austria of the US economic aid provided under the Marshall Plan.
In 1948, in order to highlight the benefits of economic cooperation and of the Marshall Plan in Europe, the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) charters a train, its five carriages forming a travelling exhibition passing through no less than 18 European countries. In 1952, a poster announces the arrival of the ‘European train’ in Austria.