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Christoph Leitl

Austrian Trade with Russia Reaches New Record

This year, bilateral trade with Russia will reach about € 7.0bn. President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Christoph Leitl wants to strengthen foreign trade with Russia.

October 4, 2012

„Turkey has a Right of being a EU Member“

On the occasion of a visit in Vienna, the Turkish Minister of Economics Zafer Caglayan complains about the “disingenuous manner” of the EU towards Turkey. In the end, only Turkey will decide on the accession.

September 19, 2012

Austrian Chamber of Economics Supports ESM Decision in Germany

Austria´s Minister of Economics Reinhold Mitterlehner: “The decision of the German Constitution Court is an important signal for investments and will promote growth.”

September 12, 2012

Imports Still Bigger than Exports

The Austrian external trade increases moderately in the first half of 2012. Export growth was slightly higher than import growth.

September 7, 2012

„Austria Is Well Situated, but Needs Reforms Urgently“

Austria´s economic perspectives are slightly positive. The Austrian Chamber of Commerce reaffirmed its call for regional economic reforms.

June 30, 2012

Leitl: „Securing Austria´s Top Ranking“

WKO´s President Christoph Leitl calls for reforms. In order retain Austria´s economic position, reforms should be accelerated and taxes should be cut.

June 27, 2012

Austria´s Exports to Asia on the Rise

Last year, Austrian exports totaled € 122bn. Above all, exports to emergin markets Brazil, India and China are growing.

June 21, 2012

„Austria Must Not Become Mediocre“

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) and the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) call for an acceleration of reforms as the Austrian position in competitive rankings deteriorates.

June 18, 2012

Leitl Underlines Good Relations with Hungary

At the visit of Hungary´s Viktor Orban, the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) stresses the long-term commitment of Austrian enterprises in Hungary and claims legal security in return.

June 14, 2012

Orban Defends Hungarian Economic Policy

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Austrian policymakers in Vienna. The Hungarian bank tax should be replaced by a financial transaction tax.

June 13, 2012

Austria to Expand Relations with Cyprus

Federal President Fischer and WKO´s President Leitl accomodated the Cypriot-Austrian Business Forum. Economic relations show potential for expansion and further development.

June 4, 2012

"Europe Needs Economic Growth and Budget Discipline“

Structural reforms are necessary to make Europe sustainably more competitive, Christoph Leitl, President of Austria´s Chamber of Commerce (WKO) says.

May 26, 2012

Austrian Chamber of Economics Claims Growth Package

Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce thinks that Austria and Europe would both need growth and austerity measures.

May 25, 2012

Greece and Eurobonds Divide Austria

The Greek exit and the introduction of Eurobonds are discussed heatedly. In Austria, there is no clear tendency.

May 25, 2012

„Combining Austerity and Growth Measures“

The Austrian Minister of Economics and the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce claim a European growth strategy without turning down austerity policies.

May 11, 2012

Leitl: „EU Needs Budget Consolidation and Growth Measures“

The President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce claims to create a European fund in order to support small and medium-sized enterprises.

May 5, 2012

Leitl: Increasing Foreign Trade with Russia

The President of WKO (Austrian Chamber of Commerce) wants to raise bilateral trade volume up to € 10bn by 2015.

April 23, 2012

Labor Time: Resistance Against SPÖ´s Plans

The governing Social-Democrats want to reduce labor time. Industrialists, the Chamber of Commerce and FPÖ decline that idea.

April 17, 2012

Foreign Trade: „We are on the Right Way“

Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce comments the export development: “The data of January show that we are on the right way.”

April 7, 2012

Austrian Chamber of Commerce Underlines Importance of South Tyrol

The President of Austria´s Chamber of Commerce (WKO), Christoph Leitl, met South Tyrols governor Luis Durnwalder and stresses the good political and economic relationship between South Tyrol and Austria.

March 24, 2012

Wirtschaftsbund: Leitl Re-Elected

Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, has been re-elected as chairman of Wirtschaftsbund. 92.7% of the delegates voted for Leitl.

March 10, 2012

Leitl: „Austerity Package Is Not Enough“

For Christoph Leitl, the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ), the recently resolved austerity package does not contain the essential reforms.

March 9, 2012

Fiscal Treaty: Austrian Economy Satisfied, Opposition Criticizes

After the signing of the EU fiscal treaty at the EU Summit today, reactions in Austria are very different. The largest opposition party FPÖ calls for a popular vote.

March 2, 2012

Austrian Economy Appreciates Serbian Approach to EU

Serbia officially became candidate for the EU-access. Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, emphasized the importance of the “European perspective” for Serbia.

March 2, 2012

New Criticism on Austerity Package

For the chief economist at RZB, Peter Brezinschek, the austerity package is not ambitious enough. The President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Christoph Leitl, criticizes the introduction of new taxes.

February 28, 2012

Austrian Current Account Deficit Rising

Against 2010, the Austrian current account deficit almost doubled. Both imports and exports reached record levels.

February 27, 2012

Leitl Pushes for Reforms

The President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce appreciates that actions worsening the Austrian business location conditions were prevented.

February 15, 2012

Leitl Pushes Investments in Colombia

For Christoph Leitl, the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Colombia is the entry to South America for European companies.

February 7, 2012

Support for AUA´s Management

Christoph Leitl, President of Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ), shows support for the management of Austrian Airlines.

January 31, 2012

Austerity: Leitl and Sorger Call for More Effort

The Presidents of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and the Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ) aim for re-gaining the “AAA” for Austria. The government should cut expenses instead of rising taxes.

January 27, 2012

Leitl: „Croatians are Most Welcome“

The President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to Croatia´s EU accession in 2013.

January 23, 2012

Downgrade: „It´s Time to Take Action“

The downgrade of Austria´s rating from “AAA” to “AA+” caused mixed reactions. The Austrian economy urges for structural actions.

January 15, 2012

Austrian Economy Pushes for Austerity

In order to prevent new taxes, the Austrian Chamber of Commmerce and the Federation of Industries call for austerity measures.

January 5, 2012

Strong Rise in Foreign Trade

From January to October 2011, Austrian trade volume reached more than €100bn in both trade flows.

January 4, 2012

Austria´s Industry Supports Croatia´s EU Accession

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce sees a huge interest of the domestic economy in Croatia´s EU accession. In 2010, Austria was the largest investor.

December 10, 2011

Austrian Foreign Trade Deficit on the Rise

From January to September 2011: imports rose by 17%, exports increased by 14%. The deficit amounts to € 6.0bn.

December 7, 2011

„Debt Brake“: Critcism Against Opposition

After the “debt brake” has failed, the President of the Chamber of Commerce Christoph Leitl, Finance Minister Fekter and the Federal President Fischer criticize the three opposition parties.

December 6, 2011

Leitl Promotes Exports to BRICS-Countries

The President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Christoph Leitl, wants the exporting industries to focus more on Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

November 22, 2011

Felderer Pleads for Pay Freeze for Civil Servants

The head of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Bernhard Felderer, suggests to stop the salary increase for civil servants next year.

November 19, 2011

Exports to Colombia to Surpass € 100m

Austrian exports to Colombia will exceed € 100m this year, reports the Austrian Chamber of Economics. Colombia has a strategic character for Austrian companies.

November 2, 2011

Leitl Deepens Relations to Chinese Province Jiangsu

The Austrian President of the Economic Chamber regards the Chinese province Jiangsu as an important export market and trading partner.

October 22, 2011

State Visit: "Huge Potential for Austrian Companies in India"

The Indian President Shrimati Patil absolved a state visit in Austria and met the Austrian President Heinz Fischer and the head of the Austrian Economic Chamber, Christoph Leitl.

October 8, 2011

German and Austrian Economy Claim Improvements for Company Loans

Representatives of the German and Austrian Economy fear adverse impacts for company loans from the new Basel III rules.

September 20, 2011

Leitl: „Austrian Economy Suffers from Lack in Skilled Labor“

According to Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, 70% of all enterprises have difficulties in finding highly-skilled workers.

September 6, 2011

Industry Raises Alarm over Lack of Technicians and Apprentices

voestalpine CEO Eder and WKÖ president Leitl call for measures against the shortage of skilled personnel. They want to increase the attractiveness of technical jobs and raise the retirement age.

August 23, 2011

Austrian Banks React to ECB’s Interest Rate Decision

The Austria banks quickly passed on the interest rate hike to their customers. Christoph Leitl regards the decision as an impediment for budgetary consolidation.

July 8, 2011

Foreign Trade: € 35m for Promotion of Exports

82% of Austrian exports go to other European countries. The state and the Economic Chamber start a new initiative to increase trade with BRIC countries.

July 4, 2011

New Employment Record in June

The number of unemployed fell by 2.3% to 268,866 in June. The positive development has lasted for 16 months already.

July 1, 2011

WKÖ: Economic Talks with the Macedonian President

80 Austrian enterprises are already active in Macedonia. Exports to the country increased by 17% in the first quarter of the year.

June 21, 2011

Leitl: "Reforms, Despite the Positive economic Outlook Should Not Be Forgotten"

Spring forecast by the EU Commission: Clearly improved growth prospects for Austria and the European Union

May 14, 2011