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Austrian Domestic Politics

Goals of Austria's OSCE Chairmanship 2017

Germany will chair the OSCE until the end of December and will then hand over to Austria in 2017. Austria will promote greater security and stability as well as the preservation of common values within the OSCE region.

August 31, 2016

Electromobility Offers Austria Huge Potential

Electromobility offers Austria a huge potential, a study commissioned by Klima und Energiefonds (KliEn) indicates. According to the study, by 2030 Austria’s automotive industry could gain EUR 3.1 billion in added value and 33,900 new jobs, thanks to the expansion of emobility.

August 22, 2016

Grasser Appeals Against Corruption Charges

Former Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser (FPÖ/ÖVP) is defending against charges of corruption with regard to the privatization of federal housing facilities and the Linz-based Terminal Tower. Grasser’s lawyer Manfred Ainedter announced that he would appeal against the charges laid down by the prosecution.

July 29, 2016

Terminal Tower Fraud and Corruption Lawsuit

News magazine "profil" has published the names of 166 witnesses in a huge lawsuit concerning a privatization project and the Linz-based Terminal Tower. The witnesses include former finance minister and industrialist Hannes Androsch, current Sberbank banker Gerhard Randa and former supervisory board member of Immofinance Guido Schmidt-Chiari, as well as banker Julius Meinl.

July 25, 2016

Social Progress Index: Austria Ranked 13th

Austria has been ranked 13th by NGO Social Progress Imperative, in its Social Progress Index ranking. It precedes Japan and Germany and scored many points thanks to renewable energy projects. However, the state reveals shortages with respect to education, tolerance and equal opportunities. Nordic states, such as Finland, Canada and Denmark lead the index.

July 25, 2016

Austria Takes Over OSCE Chairmanship: "Need for Decisive Action!"

In his first address to the OSCE Permanent Council as incoming OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz said that the fight against radicalization will be the main priority of Austria’s 2017 OSCE chairmanship. In first address to OSCE Permanent Council, incoming Chairperson-in-Office Austria’s Foreign Minister Kurz, stresses

July 14, 2016

New "Open Austria Initiative" Supposed to Open Doors to Silicon Valley

Foreign Ministry and Austrian Economic Chamber open joint office in California to support Austrian companies and pave their way for success in Silicon Valley.

July 14, 2016

Bank Tax: Reduction and One-Off Payment are Positive Signals

Austria's new regulations reducing the bank tax and introducing a one-off payment from banks are "a positive signal,” central bank governor Ewald Nowotny said after the Austrian government reached an agreement on the planned changes.

July 13, 2016

Withdrawal Fees: Finance Ministry Insist on Providing Clear Information

Austria's Finance Ministry would insist on providing clear information about cash withdrawal fees in the form of cash machine signage, the ministry's spokesman said.

July 13, 2016

OSCE: "Reliable, Affordable and Sustainable Energy Supplies are Prerequisite for Stability and Security"

Energy experts from the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation, representing both government institutions and private sector companies, will begin a week-long field study of sustainable energy in Austria and Germany.

July 12, 2016