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Michael Spindelegger

Spindelegger: Alpine Regions Should Co-Operate

Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs calls for closer cooperation between the Alpine states.

October 15, 2012

"Vienna is becoming an energy hub"

New UN Office for Sustainable Energy opens in Vienna.

October 6, 2012

Austrian Railways to be Privatized?

ÖVP (Austrian People´s Party) again pushes for a privatization of ÖBB (Austrian Railways). The sale of the freight division would be conceivable, ÖVP´s chairman Michael Spindelegger says.

October 2, 2012

Spindelegger: "Political progress more urgently needed than ever before"

Austria´s Minister of Foreign Affairs meets President of the Palestinian National Authority Abbas and the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates in New York.

September 27, 2012

“European Union Not Endangered”

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger defends the euro at the renowned US university Harvard and emphasises Austria’s performance on the international stage

September 26, 2012

Austria Second-Largest Investor in Slovakia

Foreign Minister Spindelegger opens new Austrian Embassy premises in Bratislava and underlines the close economic ties between Slovakia and Austria.

September 14, 2012

Spindelegger Welcomes ESM Decision

“Final start signal for euro rescue fund.” The Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs is happy with the decision taken by the German Constitutional Court.

September 13, 2012

Lopatka New State Secretary in Austrian Foreign Ministry

Reinhold Lopatka (Austrian People's Party - ÖVP) was sworn in as State Secretary in the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs today by Austrian President Heinz Fischer.

September 12, 2012

“A new chapter begins for Kosovo”

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger underlined the success of the Ahtisaari UN Office in Pristina .

September 12, 2012

Austrian Railways: Pöchhacker Opposes to Privatization Plans

Horst Pöchhacker, President of ÖBB´s (Austrian Railways) is against a privatization of the company. Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (ÖVP) recently suggested to sell ÖBB to Frank Stronach.

September 10, 2012

Merkel and Faymann Reaffirm their Commitment to the Euro

The German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel met her Austrian counterpart Werner Faymann and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger in Vienna. It was Merkel´s first state visit in Austria since 2006.

September 8, 2012

ÖBB to Become Privatized?

In the summer talks of Austria´s public broadcaster ORF, Vice Chancellor commented that the founder of Magna Frank Stronach should acquire ÖBB (Austrian Railways). A highly controversial debate has begun.

September 8, 2012

Merkel Meets Austrian Government

This Friday, Germany´s Chancellor Angela Merkel will have talks with the top of the Austrian government in Vienna.

September 4, 2012

„Europe Is Stronger than Many Think”

Austria´s Federal President Heinz Fischer thinks that the exclusion of certain member states out of the Eurozone is “highly problematic”. In two or three years, the crisis in the Eurozone is managed, he believes.

September 3, 2012

EU Budget Proposal “Excessive” for Austria

EU multiannual budget 2014 – 2020 negotiated in Cyprus: Austria underlines its position as net contributor.

August 31, 2012

“We Must Go On with a Political Union”

On the occasion of the European Forum Alpbach 2012, Anna Diamantopoulou, Former European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs calls for a completion of the European project.

August 30, 2012

Spindelegger Welcomes Russia’s WTO Accession

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger underlines Russia´s importance for the domestic business location.

August 30, 2012

Spindelegger: “What We Need Is more Self-Confidence!”

At the Alpbach Forum 2012, Austria´s Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger explains that Europe suffers from a lack of confidence and self-confidence. The European people expect a message from the EU.

August 30, 2012

Spindelegger: “No United States of Europe”

The Austrian Vice-Chancellor wants to promote a political union in Europe. However, this system should not be the same like in the U.S.

August 30, 2012

Austrian Government to Reshuffle?

In the governing ÖVP, a power struggle is going on, insiders say. Rumours are not breaking up and are highly controversial. Finance Minister Maria Fekter may be replaced by Michael Spindelegger.

August 29, 2012

Fekter Wants Tax Reform

In an interview with the Austrian newspaper „Presse“, Finance Minister Maria Fekter said to plan a tax reform. The entry tax rate should be lowered.

August 29, 2012

Fekter Does Not Exclude Further Bank Aids Anymore

Austria´s Finance Minister Maria Fekter admits that the three nationalized banks Hypo Group and Kommunalkredit/KA Finanz may need further capital injections. In the past, Fekter denied the need of further bank aids.

August 23, 2012

Kapsch Sees Austria´s Main Problem in Education Sector

In the last years, Austria fell behind in all competitive rankings. For the President of the Federation of Austrian Industries Georg Kapsch, education is the key factor.

August 22, 2012

Exclusion from the Eurozone: Westerwelle Supports Spindelegger

The German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle thinks that a breach of contract should lead to the exclusion from the Eurozone.

August 22, 2012

Rasinger Wants to Become ÖIAG´s Chairman

In July, the Austrian investor representative Wilhelm Rasinger confirmed his willingness to become ÖIAG´s new director.

August 18, 2012

Does the Euro Collapse Now? (Part 2)

The nervousness among Europe´s leaders is growing. Not only Finland warns of a breakdown.

August 18, 2012

Does the Euro Collapse Now? (Part 1)

The nervousness among Europe´s leaders is growing. Not only Finland warns of a breakdown.

August 17, 2012

Spindelegger: “EU human rights policy has been given a voice and face”

Austria’s Foreign Minister congratulates Stavros Lambrinidis on his appointment of EU Special Representative for Human Rights.

July 30, 2012

ESM Approved by Austrian Parliament

The controversial European Stability Mechanism was ratified by the Austrian National Council. The right opposition parties criticized the approval massively.

July 6, 2012

Spindelegger: „Austria Must Delegate Competencies“

The Austrian Vice Chancellor and chairman of ÖVP Michael Spindelegger wants the centralize the European Union.

June 27, 2012

Austria Emphasizes South Tyrol´s Importance

Austria´s Foreign Minister Spindelegger: “South Tyrol is and will stay a constant factor in Austrian foreign policy”.

June 20, 2012

Uncertain Future for ÖIAG

After CEO Markus Beyrer announced to resign, a new debate about the future of the publicly held Austrian industrial holding emerged.

June 19, 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 Stresses Balance Between Growth and Austerity

At the negotiations on the EU financial plan 2014 – 2020 in Denmark, Austria proposes to establish a growth fund accessible to SMEs.

June 13, 2012

EU-Crisis: Austrian Government Underlines Necessity of „Solidarity“

The Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner calls for a centralization of economic and financial policies.

June 8, 2012

Spindelegger: “Great respect for future-oriented decision taken by Ireland”

The Austrian Vice Chancellor congratulates his Irish colleague Eamon Gilmore on the outcome of the referendum.

June 4, 2012

Austrian Proposal for EU Growth and Innovation Fund

In-depth discussion at the General Affairs Council on the multi-annual financial framework of the EU. Austria pushes for more economizations.

May 30, 2012

Spindelegger: „The Reform Process has Become Unstoppable“

42nd Viennese seminar of the International Peace Institute on the Arab Spring: Austria´s Foreign Minister is optimistic for the Arab community.

May 29, 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

Fekter: Hollande´s Suggestions are “Nonsense”

Vice-Chancellor Spindelegger and Finance Minister Fekter are strictly against the introduction of Eurobonds and any amendments of the Fiscal Treaty.

May 22, 2012

Spindelegger Calls for “More Europe” for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina must still do some homework in order to be able to apply for EU membership still this year, the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs says.

May 4, 2012

Spindelegger Appeals Israel and Palestine to End the Conflict

Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Idle run in Middle East increases extremist danger for the region”

April 26, 2012

“Russia now among top 10 Austrian Trading Partners”

Austrian Foreign Minister Spindelegger meets with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Zubkov.

April 25, 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

Fekter to Remain as Finance Minister

This week, rumors on the replacement of the Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter occurred. Claus Raidl, who was said to replace Fekter, denies this.

April 13, 2012

Tax Treaty with Switzerland Close to be Finished

Austria aims for reach a tax agreement with Switzerland in order to tax illegal funds deposited by Austrian nationals at Swiss banks. An agreement seems to be within reach.

April 11, 2012

Austria Insists on Financial Transaction Tax

Despite Germany’s finance minister sees little chance of a European Union agreement on the levy, Austria is sticking to plans for a financial-transaction tax in Europe to help consolidate its budget.

March 27, 2012

Telekom Austria: Pecik Denies Sales Talks

The Austrian investor Ronny Pecik is said to have had sales talks with China Mobile. Pecik reaffirms to remain at Telekom Austria as “long-term investor”.

March 19, 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

VBAG´s Rescue Endangers Austerity Targets

In 2012, savings should reach € 576m. However, only write-offs in VBAG cost € 700m. The Austrian government seeks for additional revenues.

February 29, 2012
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