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WKÖ Promotes Trade With Developing Countries

The Economic Chamber Austria presents its strategies to strengthen Austrian companies in order to take advantage of business opportunities in developing and emerging countries more effectively.

November 23, 2010

Austria's Energy Consumption Falls

The energy consumption of Austria decreased in 2009 compared with the previous year by 4%. Mainly industry and transport reduced their consumption.

November 23, 2010

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

Solid Growth inTrade Between Austria and the Czech Republic

Exports between the two countries rise by around 20%. Cooperation is to be extended also to research.

November 22, 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

OECD: Austria's growth until 2012 at 2%

According to the report, the economy is returning back to normal values, but it will have to manage without fiscal stimulus.

November 18, 2010

Study: Agricultural Subsidies Produce No Growth

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research has determined that growth in the Austrian regions is accelerated by EU regional promotional financing, but not by agricultural subsidies.

November 18, 2010

Roche Lays Off 400 Jobs in Styria

The Swiss pharmaceutical group reduces its international workforce by 6%: a setback for the region.

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

Junge Industrie Wien: Explosive Generational Balance Study

Junge Industrie Wien calls for "courageous steps". The credo is future investments instead of transfer payments.

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

Hoteliers: Threat of Staff Shortage

On one hand, hotel owners are confronted with more vacancies, on the other the seasonal contingent is reduced, so they are calling for the opening of the labor market.

November 17, 2010

GPA: Private Employees Receive 2.2% Salary Increase.

Bigger salaries in trade, crafts and consulting: the negotiators consider this to be a "reasonable result".

November 17, 2010

Procurement: Economy Welcomes Extension

Economic Chamber President Christoph Leitl welcomes the planned extension of the threshold values regulation by one year as an important growth impulse

November 16, 2010

Austria's Exposure in Ireland: 3.4 Billion Euro

Since September 2009, Austrian banks have halved their exposure in Ireland. The most affected countries are the United Kingdom and Germany.

November 15, 2010

High Demand for Minimum Benefit

In the first month after the introduction of the minimum benefit already 14,500 applications have been submitted. A significantly lower demand had been expected.

November 15, 2010

The ÖBB is a Risk Factor for the State Budget

While the investment projects for the ÖBB are being reduced by Transport Minister Doris Bures, a fiasco is threatening on the revenue side.

November 15, 2010

Infrastructure Development: Investing in the Future or Incurring Debt?

While industry competes for sites for the development of infrastructure, legitimate questions are being raised on financial issues.

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

Wind Energy: Vendors Pressed for Time

Promotion for Austrian wind energy expires in 2012. The industry has only recently been able to set up new facilities.

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

Linz AG: Pause After Investment Offensive

The municipal company recorded extraordinary high capital expenses in 2009. The next projects are still in the planning phase.

November 11, 2010

Telekom Srbija: Sale is Resisted

The partially for sale Telekom Srbija which Telekom Austria is said to be interested in, raises passions in Serbia. Opposition to the sale is taking shape.

November 11, 2010

Standard & Poor’s: Austria's Credit Rating at Risk

The reasons for such gloomy prospects are not problems with the banks or domestic companies, but rather the demographic situation threaten Austria's credit rating.

November 11, 2010

Strabag: Major Contract in Romania for 220 Million Euro

A consortium led by Austria's Strabag has won a contract to build a Romanian motorway for 220.6 million euro.

November 11, 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

Austerity Package: Resistance from the Federal Provinces

While cries for savings are getting louder in the provinces, declarations of both consensus and objections come from the provincial capital cities

November 8, 2010

Metal Workers: Up to 3% Wage Increase

Workers in the metal industry receive a strong wage increase. The minimum wage rises by 2.5%.

November 8, 2010

Umweltdachverband: Electricity Industry Power Plant List is Utopian!

Energy projects are unrealistic, alternatives have been ignored and the environment is neglected completely, according to the accusations.

November 8, 2010

Bank Boss Confirms: Bank Tax will be Passed on to Customers

Massive criticism of the federal government is also coming now from the boss of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB). Bank customers will have to bear both the bank tax and the securities tax.

November 8, 2010

Bank Tax: Constitutional Concerns

Banks are to contribute a fixed tax amount based on the values given for 2010 for three years. Constitutional jurists consider this modus operandi as "highly questionable".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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