The Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Austria-Exarch of Hungary and Central Europe Michael was given the award of the Order of Value of the Austrian Republic by Federal President Heinz Fischer on Monday.
The awarding ceremony took place at the presidential mansion with the federal president praising the Orthodox prelate at the impressive event in the presence of many personalities of Austria's public life.

The ceremony was attended, among others, by former Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, Hungarian Deputy Religion and Culture Minister Tibor Faedor and Greek ambassador Panayiotis Zografos.

Addressing the prelate, President Fischer stressed that Metropolitan Michael is one of the most important personalities of the Orthodox Church, who enjoys great respect and recognition not only in Austria but everywhere abroad as well.