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Vienna: Negotiations Between the SPÖ and the Greens Almost Concluded

The last major points are budget issues. Both sides are however optimistic of reaching an agreement.

November 5, 2010

Manufacturing and Export Trade are Growth Driving Forces

Austria's export sector and the manufacturing industry will benefit in particular from the strong economy situation in Germany. The labor market continues being animated, particularly manufacturing industry-related areas.

November 5, 2010

Energy Industry: Tough Start for Expansion

The domestic energy industry has numerous plans to expand capacity. However, political will is containing them.

November 5, 2010

Trichet Succession: The Austrian Nowotny Has Chances As Outsider

The European Central Bank (ECB) will appoint a new president in November 2011. The favorites are the German Axel Weber and the Italian Mario Draghi. But Nowotny has outsider chances.

November 5, 2010

Industry: Recovery Dynamics are Leveling Off

IV’s (Federation of Austrian Industries) economic barometer shows minor increases; there is a gradual return to normal capacity. Only a small momentum is to be expected in employment and earnings growth.

November 4, 2010

AUA: Massive Criticism of Government

Owing to the flight ticket tax one feels lied to by the politicians. Contrary to promises, there is no support for restructuring. Not even Vienna Airport is immune from criticism.

November 4, 2010

Unexpected Rise in Research Expenditure

Against the general trend, Austria's economy is increasingly investing in research and know-how.

November 4, 2010

Working Time Flexibility Prevented Mass Unemployment

During the crisis, many German and Austrian companies flexibilized the working hours of their employees. These measures helped to ease the labor market situation.

November 4, 2010

AUA: Deficits Must Go

Austrian Airlines, bought in 2009 by German Lufthansa, are now working with profit at operational level. But restructuring of long haul routes is proving to be particularly difficult.

November 3, 2010

Real Estate Sales: Tax Evasion is Probably Tilted

So far, the property transfer tax has been avoided by a relatively simple construct. The Finance Senate wants to close this legal gap now.

November 3, 2010

Protectionism in Favor of Casinos Austria and Novomatic?

The licenses for lotteries and casinos after 2011 are already reserved for Novomatic and Casinos Austria, is the allegation.

November 3, 2010

IHS Boss Felderer Pleads for Railway Tunnel

The debate about the controversial Koralm tunnel is being enriched. IHS (Institute for Advanced Studies) boss Felderer argues strongly for the infrastructure measure.

November 3, 2010

Change of Leadership at Bewag?

According to reports, there are plans for a premature replacement of the board at the power company from Burgenland.

November 3, 2010

Arbeiterkammer: Labor Force in Austria Remains Highly Profitable

The representatives of the interests of workers and employees raise criticism on the extents of wage and salary increases with a self-created study. The argument of the companies about the need to build up reserves is incorrect.

November 2, 2010

Strabag CEO Haselsteiner: Koralmtunnel Has To Be Built

Haselsteiner reacts sharply to criticism of the construction of the Koralm tunnel. He sees the infrastructure measure as economically sensible.

November 2, 2010

Hypo Proceedings: New Revelations

Both sensitive data and risk and control instruments were handled negligently.

November 2, 2010

Energy Prices Rise Steeply

An increase of 6.7% was recorded for energy prices in the yearly comparison. The relevance of alternative energy sources will increase significantly in future, as energy price increases are expected to continue in the long term.

November 2, 2010

Identification Required for Savings Account Withdrawals

Since November 1, the implementation of the EU directive on anti-money laundering is in force. Customers therefore need not only a password, but also identification for a savings account withdrawal.

November 2, 2010

Too Few New Companies?

Austria comes out of the international comparison poorly in terms of start-up companies. The major problem is the lack of venture capital, according to the studies.

November 2, 2010

Unemployment: Sharp Decline in October

Compared with the previous year, unemployment was reduced by 8%. The decline is attributed primarily to an increase in the demand for temporary workers.

November 2, 2010

Volksbank: Greater Efficiency by Downsizing

The Austrian Volksbank AG (ÖVAG) has not been able to reach a cooperation with other domestic banks. The deal with the BAWAG failed. Now, the Volksbank is looking for alternatives.

October 30, 2010

Erste Group Posts Net Profit of EUR 737 Million

Net profit rose by 2.3% to EUR 736.8 million in the first nine months of 2010. The cost/income ratio improved to 48.7%, from 50.9% in the first three quarters of 2009.

October 29, 2010

ÖBB: Alleged Corruption

An internal document about a meeting of the ÖBB Supervisory Board in 2008 has now appeared. Bribes are openly talked about.

October 29, 2010

Hypo Group: Serious Allegations Against Kulterer

The former airline “Styrian Spirit" is said to have been financed without collateral, according to expert opinion. Kulterer defends himself and points to guarantee commitments by Jörg Haider.

October 29, 2010

AUA Flights to Russia Secured

While the problem of AUA landing rights in Russia has been solved for Lufthansa until March, Austria is being accused of breach of contract by the European Commission.

October 29, 2010

Bank Tax: Only 185 Million Remain for the Federation

In negotiations with the provinces, the federal government surprisingly yields to pressures: proceeds from the bank tax will be divided.

October 29, 2010

Risk of Default of Federal Investments for 330 Million Euro

The State bought high-risk securities in 2007 and 2008. These show a high risk of default since the financial crisis. The State wants to get rid of these securities by next year.

October 29, 2010

Industry: Good Prospects for 2011

The general optimism in the industry leads to the expansion of production and more personnel recruiting.

October 28, 2010

Tax on Securities’ Profits: Financial Industry in a Rage

The tax is targeted at the middle class, but it means especially an administrative burden and creates competitive disadvantages, according to the industry.

October 28, 2010

EU Funds to Finance Brenner Tunnel until 2015

The European Commission has extended its partial financing commitment for the Brenner tunnel. However, appropriate measures must be taken soon. Deliberations are still underway at present.

October 28, 2010

Bank Tax: 0.055% Instead of 0.04%

The new "stability tax" has been increased slightly. A tax on derivative transactions will also be applied. The tax will however not be temporary.

October 28, 2010

STRABAG Builds the Koralm Tunnel

The controversial project will be built by the construction group Strabag. The total investment amounts to around 600 million euro.

October 28, 2010

AUA: Still Losses, But There Is an Upward Trend

Losses and costs fall, passenger numbers rise. Restructuring measures show results, but the target has not been reached yet, according to the board.

October 28, 2010

Verbund: Warning Concerning Profit

Despite worsening results, the Verbund Group holds fast to the capital increase. Core shareholders go along.

October 28, 2010

Lending Policy of Banks is Stabilized

Results for Austria of the October 2010 credit business survey in the euro area

October 28, 2010

Hungarian Railway Workers Strike Against Rail Cargo

Due to employee layoffs at Rail Cargo Hungaria, the employees threaten to go on strike. Rail Cargo suffers losses both in Austria and in Hungary

October 27, 2010

AUA Flight Rights in Russia: EU Proceedings Against Austria

Due to the so far preferential treatment of Austrian Airlines in Russia, Austria is now accused by the European Commission of breach of contract.

October 27, 2010

OMV: Republic of Austria Will Hold On to Its Stake

An informal consultation is said to have been held between the governing parties to keep the government stake in OMV, should there be a capital increase.

October 27, 2010

Is the End of Private Foundations Near?

Legal uncertainties and higher taxes result in little incentive for the creation of new foundations.

October 27, 2010

Bank Tax: Demands for Time Limit Becoming Louder

Financial politicians and banking representatives already argue before approval of the draft law, if the bank tax to be introduced in 2011 is going to have a time limit.

October 27, 2010

Flexible Working Hours: Top Position of Austria in Europe

Both employers and workers benefit from what the crisis achieved, according to the EU Commission. However, additional flexibility does not bring in itself greater equality.

October 27, 2010

Hypo Group: Dramatic Losses Expected for 2010

The bank has to downsize, and will therefore have to part with many assets, according to the chairman of the board. For 2012, prrofits are expected again.

October 27, 2010

HYPO Group: Further Liabilities Necessary?

The Carinthian HYPO Group would suffer massive losses should it sell its real estate in the Balkans. Due to the write-offs, new liabilities of the Republic might be required.

October 25, 2010

New Budget: Details and Reactions

The entire tax package will bring additional revenues for around 1.2 billion euro. There are further saving measures for 1.6 billion euro. Reactions from the economic actors are ambivalent.

October 25, 2010

New Budget, New Taxes

The budget includes a new austerity package, which consists essentially of taxes on mineral oil, tobacco and banks.

October 25, 2010

Bank Austria CEO Cernko: No More Bank Tax Soon

Due to Basel III, location reasons and to safeguard jobs, the bank tax will only be effective temporarily, according to Cernko

October 22, 2010

Vienna: SPÖ negotiates with the Greens

There is no fixed coalition commitment as yet. However, all signs point to a red-green coalition in the federal capital.

October 22, 2010

Telekom Austria: Good Results Expected for 2010

The CEO of Telekom Austria, Hannes Ametsreiter sees the current financial year as "stable and good".

October 22, 2010

KTM is Back Again

With a surprisingly positive quarterly result, the motorcycle manufacturer KTM shows its old strength. All expectations have been exceeded.

October 22, 2010

Switzerland: Pecik and Stumpf Ransom Themselves

While the two investors paid a fine for the case Sulzer, the case Oerlikon is still not finished.

October 21, 2010