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Reinhold Mitterlehner

„ÖIAG Should Manage Banking Interests“

Austria´s Finance Minister Maria Fekter wants to upgrade the Austrian state holding ÖIAG.

June 23, 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

Heavy Dispute Over ÖIAG

The Austrian Minister of Finance plans to incorporate the publicly held stakes in ÖBB, Asfinag and Verbund into ÖIAG. The coalition partner SPÖ and Reinhold Mitterlehner oppose to this attempt.

June 21, 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

Mitterlehner: „Romania is an Important Trading Partner“

Austria´s Minister of Economic Reinhold Mitterlehner sees many business opportunities for Austrian enterprises in Romania. Above all, the energy sector is highly promising, Mitterlehner says.

June 18, 2012

Fekter Defends Euro Aids

Austria´s Finance Minister Maria Fekter underlines the „necessity of solidarity“ and stressed ist commitment to the common currency. The Austria opposition party FPÖ made a serious protest.

June 16, 2012

Mitterlehner Suggests Dissolving ÖIAG

The Austrian Minister of Economics Reinhold Mitterlehner intends to privatizie the remaining stake in Telekom Austria. This could mean the end of the Austrian industrial holding.

June 16, 2012

Fischer Has Understanding for Bank Tax in Slovakia

Slovakia wants to introduce bank taxes. Austria´s Federal President Heinz Fischer, who met his Slovakian counterpart Ivan Gasparovic, does not have objections.

June 9, 2012

Austrian R&D Expenses Rise to € 8.61bn

In 2012, R&D expenses are expected rise by 4.0% in Austria. The bulk of R&D expenses is contributed by enterprises.

June 6, 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

Small Rise in Foreign Trade

January to February 2012: moderate increase in imports (3.9%) and exports (5.4%).

May 8, 2012

Common Energy Strategy for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

After the German nuclear exit, Switzerland and Austria should act as “green battery”.

May 2, 2012

Small Growth in Austrian Winter Season

The current tourism winter season 2011/12 recorded a rise in overnights by 2.1%.

April 26, 2012

Austria to Intensify Cooperation with Croatia

The Austrian Minister of Economics met his Croatian counterpart in Vienna. Above all, the EU-accession and investments were discussed.

April 24, 2012

Felderer: „Another Downgrade Less Probable“

The Austrian economist Bernhard Felderer thinks that the risk of another downgrade of Austrian sovereign bonds has decreased.

April 18, 2012

Mitterlehner: „AAA is still Far Away“

Austria´s Minister of Economics does not believe that S&P gives back the “AAA” rating soon. However, the debate about Austria´s rating is overvalued, he thinks.

April 17, 2012

Austrian-Chinese Trade at All-Time High

Last year, bilateral trade volume rose by 13% in 2011 to over € 9bn. Austrian Exports rose by 11.7%.

April 10, 2012

IPIC Intends Further Increase in OMV

The second core shareholder of OMV, the Arab state fund International Petroleum Investment Company, which is situated in Abu Dhabi, plans another rise in its shareholding.

March 8, 2012

Foreign Direct Investment in Austria Increasing

In 2011, a moderate decline in new enterprise settlements was registered. Investments grew by 34%.

March 8, 2012

Public Dispute Over Privatizations

The two government parties disagree to the sale of further publicly held companies. ÖVP pushes for privatizations, for SPÖ the idea is inacceptable.

February 29, 2012

Government: Dispute Over Pensions

The Austrian government parties SPÖ and ÖVP disagree over contributions by retirees. The austerity package is far from being resolved.

February 6, 2012

Mitterlehner: „Shortages in Russian Gas Supply Not Dangerous“

For The Austrian Minister of Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, the sudden cut in Russian natural gas supply is “no dangerous scenario”.

February 6, 2012

Increase in IPIC´s Shareholding at OMV Approved?

Today, the Austrian Ministry of Economics announced to have decided over IPIC´s application. The Arab fund plans to increase its stake at OMV beyond 25%.

January 27, 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

Mitterlehner Pushes for more Venture Capital

The Austrian Minister of Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner wants to increase efficiency and reduce redundancies in economic subsidies.

December 10, 2011

Austrian Tourism Industry is Cautiously Optimistc

The Austrian Minister of Economic, Reinhold Mitterlehner considers that the tourism industry has learned to deal with an economic crisis.

November 28, 2011

Austrian Minister of Economics Criticizes Hungary

On the occasion of a bilateral meeting between the Hungarian and the Austrian Minister of Economics Reinhold Mitterlehner repeated his critics regarding Hungarian foreign currency loans.

November 21, 2011

Austrian Trade With China to Double

On the occasion of the state visit of the Chinese President Hu Jintao, the Austrian Minister of Economics stated to aim a deepening of the bilateral economic relations.

November 1, 2011

Nationalization of Banks Not Excluded Anymore

According to the Minister of Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, in the worst case scenario a partly nationalization of banks could take place.

October 31, 2011

„Extend Economic Ties to Georgia“

The Austrian Minister of Economics wants to cooperate closer together with Georgia, which offers export opportunities for the Austrian industry.

October 25, 2011

Austrian Metal Industry: Strike Threatens

After a warning strike on Friday, representatives of the metal industry and the trade union still reached no agreement. Now, a full strike threatens.

October 15, 2011

Mitterlehner: „Settlement of Headquarters Key Question for Austria“

The Austrian Minister of Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, wants to push the development of the domestic location through improving framework requirements steadily.

October 4, 2011

Mitterlehner with Plans for Reform of ÖIAG

The Minister of Economics intends to reposition the Austrian state holding company. Markus Beyrer, the new CEO, is currently evaluating new concepts.

July 25, 2011

Credit Costs to Rise in the Wake of Basel III

The new regulatory requirements are expected to increase the cost of credits and to reduce the Austrian banks’ profitability.

July 20, 2011

Food Prices Continue to Rise Rapidly

Within three months, prices increased by more than 8%. The Austrian Chamber of Labor asked the government to take countermeasures.

July 19, 2011

Economic Report 2011: Government Surprised by Quick Recovery

Experts praise Austria’s relatively stable performance during the years of crisis and call for reforms necessary for ensuring the country’s competitiveness.

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

Retail Sector: New Discussion about Sunday Opening

The current dispute is about the right to open shops on certain lucrative Sundays. The operator of a shopping center has brought in an action at the Constitutional Court.

June 20, 2011

Firms Asked to Reduce European Focus in Favour of BRIC States

The Austrian economy has to up its focus on emerging markets, the Economy Minister has warned. 83% of all exports go to customers in Europe.

May 17, 2011

Fierce Criticism of Austria's Energy Policy

Anschober (Greens): "The Minister of Economy insists on the worst promotion policy of green electricity in Europe: this is hostile to the business and labor market"

April 21, 2011

Spindelegger New Vice-Chancellor and Head of ÖVP

Michael Spindelegger succeeds Josef Pröll as leader of the conservative party and Vice-Chancellor. Who will be in charge of the Minister of Finance, is still not clear.

April 15, 2011

Electric Mobility as a Topic of the Future for Domestic Enterprises

Austria's top politicians are expecting a high potential for Austria's economic landscape on occasion of the opening of the EL-MOTION congress.

April 14, 2011

Verbund: Expected Improvement in Earnings for 2011

Wolfgang Anzengruber, CEO of the Austrian energy group Verbund, foresees growth in earnings and a stable result for 2011

April 14, 2011

Mitterlehner PromotesTourism Strategy for Austria

The Minister of Economy is working on a new alliance of federal and provincial governments in order to focus on marketing, subsidies and innovations for the tourism industry.

April 2, 2011

Mitterlehner: New Modernization Partnership Concluded with Russia

Minister of Economy: Investment opportunities for companies boost exports to Russia: innovations and new technologies as growth drivers.

April 1, 2011

Mitterlehner Intends to Expand Economic Relations with Malaysia

A work meeting was held in Vienna with the Malaysian counterpart. New export opportunities exist primarily through eco-innovation.

March 30, 2011

Mitterlehner: Further Expansion of Economic Relations with Colombia

Meeting with Colombia's Vice-President Garzón: New Memorandum of Understanding on economic cooperation is planned.

March 4, 2011

Mitterlehner: "Companies are Taking On More Apprentices Again"

The Austrian Minister of Economy sees positive developments on the labor and apprenticeship market. The promotion of apprenticeships has proved to be successful.

March 2, 2011

Property Restoration Provides Hopes for Growth and Employment

With the release of € 400m for thermal rehabilitation, five times as much is to be generated in sales. Up to 80% of this amount stays in Austria.

February 10, 2011

Austrian Foreign Trade Figures Rising Strongly

From January to November 2010, Austrian foreign trade grew substantially. Imports and exports increased by 15.8%

February 5, 2011