Policies influencing the business and investment environment in Austria
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Policies Influencing the Austrian Business Environment

RZB at Higher Risk of Regulatory Intervention

In view of the devaluation of RZB stakes in H1 balance sheets of owner banks RLB OÖ and RLB Steiermark, and of the justifications for that devaluation, Bloomberg reckons there is a higher risk of a regulatory intervention at Raiffeisen Zentralbank.

August 31, 2016

America Movil Reduced Stake in Telekom Austria

America Movil has reduced its stake in Telekom Austria from 59.7 percent to 51.89 percent. The Mexicans have thus complied with provisions of the syndicate agreement with ÖBIB, in line with which America Movil had to raise the free-float share stake.

July 29, 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

Heta Bad Bank Sells Iconic Holiday Inn Sarajevo Hotel

Bad bank Heta sold the Holiday Inn hotel in Sarajevo to tourism group Europe d.d., the company said. The iconic Holiday Inn Sarajevo was home of foreign correspondents during the 1984 Winter Olympics and throughout the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. The price was not disclosed.

July 20, 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