Austria: Petition Around Hypo Group to be Stopped

People ♦ Published: March 21, 2014; 19:03 ♦ (Vindobona)

The stop of the online petition for a parliamentary investigation committee seems to be unavoidable. The opposition claims the government is trying to “choke off” democracy.

More than 51,000 Austrian have signed the petition to establish a parliamentary investigation committee for Hypo Group. / Picture: © David Niblack

So far, 51,000 persons have signed the online petition. The Austrian government intends to hand over the online petition to the Financial Committee, and therefore close the petition. Both governing parties, SPÖ (Social Democrats) and ÖVP (Austrian People’s Party), intend to decide to assign the Financial Committee with the petition, Hermann Gahr, deputy chairman of the petition,…