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Maria Fekter

Fekter: Capital Aids for Hypo Included in Next Budgets

Finance Minister Maria Fekter sticks to it: „We will reach a zero deficit in 2016 and have a slight surplus in 2017,”she announced during the presentation of the economic report 2013 on Wednesday.

July 11, 2013

Austria: Rumors about Fekter Resigning as Finance Minister after Elections

Will Fekter become President of the National Council after the elections? In government circles speculations are circling about Finance Minister Fekter quitting her post as after the national elections in September.

July 10, 2013

Fekter: Eurozone More Stable Than A Year Ago

Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter has described the condition of the Eurozone as “better” than compared to a year ago.

July 9, 2013

Hypo: Greens vs. Fekter

The debate about a Hypo Group has turned out a genuine match between deputy chief of the Austrian Green Party Werner Kogler and Finance Minister Fekter.

July 4, 2013

Fekter: Kranebitter „Weary of Office“

Hypo CEO Kranebitter resigns and settles a score with the Finance Ministry in an open letter. He decided to step back after three and a half years because “major parts of the work were damaged”.

July 3, 2013

Hypo Group: CEO Kranebitter Steps Back

Kranebitter announced to stay until the half-year accounts are published. On Monday it became known that the ailing bank will in all likelihood require more state aid than planned.

July 2, 2013

Hypo Group: CESEE Units to be Sold Until Mid-2015

The threatened compulsory sale of nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria Group by the EU Commission until the end of this year, was, according to information by the Finance Ministry, fended off. An additional burden of € 2bn might await the Austrian taxpayers.

July 1, 2013

Hypo Group: Government Hopes For Expansion of Deadline

The restructuring plan for Hypo Group has been handed in to Brussels. It is still unclear whether the deadline will be expanded.

July 1, 2013

Fekter: "1.76 Billion Repayment by Erste Bank is Good News for Taxpayers"

Thanks given to Erste Bank for repayment of EUR 1.76 billion in participation capital

June 25, 2013

Fekter: „Bad Bank for Hypo Not The Most Creative Solution“

The Austrian Greens affirm their demand for the establishing of a bad bank for the ailing Hypo Group and a respective bill.

June 12, 2013

Serracchiani: „Will Do Everything I Can“

In an interview with Austrian newspaper “Kleine Zeitung“ Debora Serracchiani, new regional president of the province Friuli in Italy announced to do everything so that Hypo Group Italy will survive.

June 11, 2013

Fekter: The North Feeds The South

Finance Minister Fekter compares the situation in Europe with the economic circumstances in Italy.

June 11, 2013

Hypo Group: Fekter Under Pressure

Finance Minister Fekter is put under pressure by Austrian Green Party to establish a bad bank for Hypo Group.

June 10, 2013

Austria: Liebscher as Chairman of Hypo Group’s Supervisory Board

Liebscher is to take over Ditz’ position after the meeting of bodies on June 21.

June 5, 2013

Hypo Group: Possible Deductions from Selling Price

The new British-Indian Owner of Hypo Group is to pay only € 32m for the time being.

June 5, 2013

Fekter: “Draft Legislation on Zukunftsvorsorge Pension Savings Scheme Will Create Certainty”

Main focus on improving the attractiveness of state-subsidised pension savings scheme and enhancing transparency for customers

June 4, 2013

Austria: Finance Ministry Regrets Ditz’ Withdrawal

Johannes Ditz, chairman of Hypo Group’s suvervisory board, announced his withdrawal yesterday.

June 4, 2013

Hypo: Ditz to Resign

Chairman of Hypo Group’s supervising board Johannes Ditz might soon resign, according to media reports.

June 3, 2013

Austria: Fekter Signed OECD’s Multilateral Assistence Agreement in Tax Matters

Fekter described the signing as a “further important step in the fight against tax evasion and tax fraud”.

May 29, 2013

Austria: Faymann Proposes Extension of Bank Levy

Not only the federation and taxpayers should avow for the losses at Hypo Group. This week the restructuring plan has to be handed to the EU Commission.

May 27, 2013

Austria: Faymann Positive About Extension for Hypo Group

Chancellor Werner Faymann presented himself restrained yet confident about the extension granted by the Commission regarding the deadline for the winding-down of Hypo Alpe Adria Group.

May 24, 2013

Nowotny: Decision About Bad Bank for Hypo Not Essential Right Now

The Governor of Austrian’s National Bank confirms that the result for the ailing Hypo Group will not be “good” due to the losses that have amounted over the past years.

May 23, 2013

Austria: Special Commission to Trace Tax Evaders

Finance Minister Maria Fekter announced the establishing of a special commission which is supposed to use data distributed by the US tax authority.

May 23, 2013

Srei Group to Offer € 65.6m for Hypo

The Indian Srei Group offers € 65.5m for Austrian Hypo affiliate.

May 22, 2013

Austria: Fekter’s Ambition to „Steer Hypo Group Into Safe Waters“

In the margin of the Council of Ministers, Finance Minister Maria Fekter announced that Austria will hand in the new restructuring plan for Hypo Alpe Adria Group to the EU Commission in the coming days.

May 21, 2013

Austria: Preliminary Results on Hypo Group Expected Next Week

Hypo Group’s task force, appointed by the government, will present the preliminary corner marks next week.

May 17, 2013

Hypo to Require € 1bn This Year

The ailing banking institute Hypo Group in the province of Carinthia will need € 1bn. On Friday, the managing board of Hypo Group will present a restructuring plan to the Finance Minister.

May 17, 2013

Austrian Government Desperate to Sell Hypo Group

Without an agreement for a new plan and without more time for the selling of the Eastern affiliates, the crisis-struck banking institute Hypo Alpe Adria Group will not be able to make up the balances anymore, according to Austrian newspaper Presse.

May 16, 2013

Austria to Give Up Bank Secret for Foreigners

After years of blocking, Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter gave green light to the abandoning of the bank secret for foreigners.

May 14, 2013

Indian Srei Group to Acquire Austrian Hypo?

Austria is looking for a buyer for the domestic Hypo affiliates. Indian Srei Group seems to have good chances.

May 13, 2013

EU Commission Expects Austria to Agree To EUSD

Head of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem expects a constructive approach of Austria in the debate about the automatice exchange of data of tax foreigners in Europe.

May 13, 2013

Austrian Bank Secret: Faymann Vs. Fekter

Austria‘s agreement to an automatic exchange of data has become a personal match between Chancellor Faymann and Finance Minister Fekter.

May 13, 2013

Austria: Hypo Group Dilemma Requires Highest Form of Diplomancy

Before the deadline of handing in the new restructuring paper, talks with the top of EU Commission are supposed to take place with Austrian politicians.

May 10, 2013

Maria Fekter: Hot-Tempered Lady At the Fireplace

Raiffeisen Centralbank (RZB) organized a „fireplace chat“ with Finance Minister Maria Fekter which took place on May 7 in Vienna.

May 8, 2013

Austria: Task Force for Hypo Group

The Austrian government is going to establish a task force for the nationalized by force problem bank Hypo Alpe Adria Group.

May 8, 2013

Austria: Restructuring Plan for Hypo Group Threatened By Rejection

The restructuring plan of Austrian crisis-struck banking institute Hypo Group is threatened to be rejected by the EU Commission.

May 6, 2013

Austria: Commission Wants Roadmap to Hypo’s Future

The EU Commission wants the Austrian government to announce the next steps for Hypo Group until the end of this month.

May 2, 2013

Hypo Group to Get a Bad Bank?

Chancellor Faymann confirmed negotiations about the establishing of a bad bank for non-performing loans.

April 30, 2013

Austria: Government Shows Unanimity About Banking Secret

Fekter criticized Social Democrats.

April 30, 2013

Selling of Hypo Group Would Cost Austria Dearly

The selling of Hypo Group would cost the Austrian state around € 16bn.

April 29, 2013

Austria: Solution for Bank Secret Issue Until May 22

After the recent turbulances within the Austrian government coalition, Chancellor Werner Faymann hopes to find an agreement with the EU concerning the bank secret until May 22.

April 29, 2013

Austria: Faymann Betrays Ignorance

Chancellor Faymann claims not to have known about the controversial letter which has reached the media yesterday. He fears that Austria would now become a “laughingstock”.

April 26, 2013

Austria: Four Conditions For Commission In Return for Bank Secret

In a letter to Tax Commissioner Semeta Austrian Finance Minister Fekter and Chancellor Faymann set the conditions for the agreement of a negotiation mandate with third countries about the exchange of information.

April 25, 2013

Austria: Green’s Motion of Censure Denied

The Green Party’s motion of censure against Finance Minister Fekter was denied by almost all parties in the National Assembly.

April 25, 2013

Austrian Greens Put Forward Motion of Censure Against Fekter

The Austrian Greens intend to file a motion of censure against Finance Minister Maria Fekter. Party Leader Eva Glawischnig announced a “match of Greens against Fekter”.

April 24, 2013

Fekter: "Proposed Reform Creates Security"

Government-Sponsored Pension Plans – Bill Under Review. Objective: Increase the attractiveness of government-sponsored pension plans and improve transparency for customers entering into agreements

April 24, 2013

Austria: Hypo Group to Come Under Fire

Pressure from Brussel grows for a fast selling of Hypo Group.

April 16, 2013

Fekter: „Austria is a High-Tax Country“

Bank secrecy will be an official issue at the meeting of EU finance ministers in Dublin on Saturday. Fekter criticizes the UK sharply.

April 11, 2013

Commission Criticizes Austria on Keeping Bank Secret

EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Semeta considers Austria’s position to hold on to the bank secret and unwilligness to reform as “impossible”.

April 9, 2013

Fekter: “I Will Fight to Preserve Banking Secrecy in Austria!”

“Data protection is a valuable institution. We will continue to protect innocent citizens, but will also continue to lead the way in pursuing tax evaders.”

April 8, 2013
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