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Economic Chamber President Leitl Demands Financial Transaction Tax

There is consensus between the Presidents of the Economic Chamber and the Federation of Trade Unions.

November 23, 2010

Lufthansa-CEO Mayrhuber Moves to Infenion

Infineon Nominates Wolfgang Mayrhuber as Designated Supervisory Board Chairman and Appoints Dominik Asam as New Chief Financial Officer.

November 23, 2010

IHS: Capital Gains Tax on Securities is Absurd

The introduction of the capital gains tax on securities would encourage speculation rather than contain it, says IHS (Institute for Advanced Studies) Director Felderer. Private investors are the victims

November 22, 2010

Audit Court: Massive Criticism of Vienna International Airport

The Court expects significantly higher costs for Skylink than the airport itself. There are personal consequences.

November 19, 2010

UniCredit: Expansion to the Czech Republic, Poland and Turkey

UniCredit’s subsidiary Bank Austria functions as an Eastern Europe Holding. 40% of the net income of the group comes from the region by now.

November 19, 2010

Suspicion of Insider trading: Ruttenstorfer receives support

After the Vienna Public Prosecution's charges against OMV's CEO Ruttenstorfer, the latter now receives support. It is being said that he has merely been "clumsy".

November 18, 2010

Indonesia and Austria Agree to Extend Cooperation

President Fischer officially visited the Islamic Republic Indonesia, which is of the most important future markets of the South Asian region for Austria.

November 17, 2010

Industry Welcomes EU Energy Infrastructure Package

Secretary General of the Federation of Austrian Industrialists, Markus Beyrer: the package is also important to achieve energy and climate objectives.

November 17, 2010

A-Tec: New Hopes with Ronny Pecik?

Pecik, a former associate of Kovats might get again into A-Tec. Several years ago, the investors separated because of differences.

November 17, 2010

WKÖ: China Overtakes the U.S. as the Most Important Overseas Austrian Trade Partner

The volume of foreign trade (exports and imports) with China in the second third of the year was 5.6 billion euro compared to 5.1 billion euro with the U.S.

November 16, 2010

Hypo Tirol Regroups

The Tyrolean Hypo Bank AG is planning a new market direction, staff restructuring and financial consolidation.

November 16, 2010

OeNB Governor Nowotny "During the Crisis, the Euro Acted as a Protection Shield Beyond the Euro Area"

The Governor of the Austrian National Bank, Ewald Nowotny warns to fiscal discipline and talks about economic challenges and opportunities in Europe.

November 15, 2010

Traffic Expenditures: € 4.3bn less

As a consequence of the new budget, public infrastructure projects are being reduced considerably. Postponed projects and low-cost alternatives will save money.

November 12, 2010

S&T Denies Bankruptcy Petition

The Vienna Stock Exchange listed IT company provides S&T is facing widespread allegations. It has been rumored that the company is faced with a bankruptcy petition.

November 12, 2010

It is Official: Coalition Between SPÖ and Greens in Vienna

Vassilakou becomes Deputy Mayor under Häupl. The program aims to have a recognizable green handwriting.

November 12, 2010

Leitl: Austrians Go into Retirement Too Early

Those who go into early retirement in Austria are rewarded. The government should create more incentives to retire later on in life.

November 10, 2010

Sharp decline in Creation of New Foundations

In particular, legal uncertainty and abolished tax advantages cause the creation of fewer foundations in Austria.

November 10, 2010

UniCredit CEO Ghizzoni: Counting on eastern growth

The eastern business should be expanded, says Ghizzoni, CEO of the parent company of Bank Austria.

November 10, 2010

Strong Growth of Austria's Export Figures

Growth in exports was 15.3% in the first eight months of 2010, mainly to emerging markets.

November 10, 2010

Raiffeisen CEO Stepic: CEE Continues Being Europe’s Growth Driver

The boss of Raiffeisen Bank International Bank (RBI), Herbert Stepic, sees the CEE region continuing as long-term growth driver for Europe.

November 8, 2010

Union: Call After 40 weeks of Work per Year

The Union of Salaried Employees (GPA) presents a new working model.

November 5, 2010

Strabag: Time is Running Out for Deripaska

The re-entry of Deripaska into the largest Austrian construction group is to be fixed still this weekend. His comeback has been expected for several weeks.

November 5, 2010

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

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

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

Hypo-Group Changes Board of Austrian Subsidiary

Hypo Alpe Adria makes new appointments to the Executive Board of the Austrian banking subsidiary Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank AG.

November 2, 2010

Lauda is Evaluating whether to Move From Vienna

The owner and CEO of the Austrian low-cost airline Flyniki is considering a withdrawal from Austria. He is very upset over the tax on airline tickets to be implemented on January 1, 2001.

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 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: Outrage at Ticket Tax

Austrian Airlines are fearing a massive drop in sales and even see the tax as a threat to their existence.

October 25, 2010

Financing of OMV-Deal in Turkey Still Open

OMV leaves the financial markets still in the dark as to how it will cope with the acquisition.

October 25, 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

Deripaska Again at Strabag

After Deripaska’s decision, and successful talks with Strabag boss Haselsteiner, the Russian oligarch is a partner in the construction group again.

October 25, 2010

Large Power Plant in Turkey: Verbund concludes Joint Venture

With an investment volume of 550 million euro, the Verbund operates together with its Turkish partner Sabanci Holding, a gas-steam power plant.

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

Corporate Bond of Novomatic: Surprisingly High Demand

Issuing volume has been doubled. The placement process has been closed very early, Novomatic-boss Wohlfahrt is content with the succesful bond issue.

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

A-Tec - Creditors are Demanding more Money

Against the minimum quota of 30 per cent offered by Mirko Kovats 30 resistance is forming. A-Tec announced that the negotiations of the daughter AE & E are well underway on renewal of the credit facility.

October 22, 2010

Raiffeisen CEO Stepic: The Crisis in Eastern Europe is Not Over Yet

The RBI boss explains why recovery is taking longer, why his institute does not want to pay back the state capital yet, and why he considers that Raiffeisen is being treated unfairly.

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

Vienna Insurance Group in Albania

Further growth achieved with the acquisition of Interalbanian.

October 21, 2010

Voestalpine: Good Prospects

Voestalpine has got back fast on the road to success. Cost reduction and growth outside Europe are the recipes.

October 21, 2010

A-Tec Offers a 30% Quota

CEO Kovats is trying to rehabilitate his insolvent company with the help of creditors.

October 21, 2010

The Next Acquisition: STRABAG Buys Gaul-Group

The German Gaul-group, a regional market leader for construction materials, has been bought by STRABAG for strategic reasons.

October 20, 2010

Wienerberger Signs Agreement to Acquire Steinzeug Abwassersysteme

Planned acquisition of worldwide market leader and Europe’s largest producer of clay pipe systems

October 20, 2010

New Westbahn Claims Unjustified Subsidies for the ÖBB

The reason is an amendment to the Public Procurement Act, which allegedly gives preference to the ÖBB.

October 20, 2010

Réné Benko Has already Invested 700 Million Euro This Year

The Tyrolean invests as heavily as before in Vienna and Innsbruck real estate. As to Eastern Europe, he expresses cautious optimism.

October 19, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom AG Issues a Corporate Bond

With the issuance of the bond, investments necessary for continuation of growth are made possible.

October 19, 2010