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WKO Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce

Economic Chamber Criticizes Import Control System

According to the WKÖ, Austrian businesses incur additional costs and bureaucracy by the import control system.

December 27, 2010

AustrianTourism Figures Increase.

According to Statistik Austria, the winter season started with positive figures in Austria: November breaks a new record in overnight stays with 3.8m..

December 23, 2010

Austria's Export Economy is Booming

Given the high growth rates in the past year, the Austrian export economy shows itself also optimistic for 2011.

December 22, 2010

Leitl: Municipal Financial Problems Act as Growth Brake

The President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ), Christoph Leitl, demands greater spending efficiency in the public sector in order to improve municipal finances.

December 22, 2010

WIFI trains Russian leaders

The Austrian Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI) functions as a partner of the Russian government in the framework of the management training program

December 21, 2010

Potential of Austria's Creative Industries

Mitterlehner and Leitl: the Austrian creative industry accounts for 60,000 cross-industry jobs and acts as an export driver.

December 20, 2010

Austrian Economic Chamber focuses Growth Market China

Minister of Economy Mitterlehner presented together with the President of the Economic Camber, Leitl, strategies for the export market China.

December 17, 2010

WKÖ: EU patent to stimulate Austrian innovation

The Austrian Economic Chamber (WKÖ) welcomes the enhanced cooperation for the EU-wide patent and hopes to obtain benefits for the domestic economy.

December 16, 2010

Austrian Economic Chamber is Against Euro-Bonds

Chamber President Leitl calls for an in-depth cooperation in economic policy instead of euro-bonds.

December 15, 2010

Economic Chamber: Cautious Optimism in Austrian Industry

Industrial production is at the level of 2006; exports are still below pre-crisis levels.

December 15, 2010

Economic Chamber: Positive Outlook for 2011

The Business Barometer presents both opportunities and risks for the Austrian economy. Shortage of skills and low investment continue being weak points.

December 13, 2010

Economic Chamber: No More Credit Crunch for Austria’s Businesses

A study by the Austrian Economic Chamber shows the high level of satisfaction of local businesses with their banks: the credit crunch has disappeared.

December 10, 2010

Austrian Economic Chamber Supports Development of the Danube as a Transportation Route

Austrian Economic Chamber President Christoph Leitl supports the EU's Danube region strategy to expand infrastructure between the Danube countries.

December 10, 2010

Economic Chamber in Tokyo: Biotechnology as an Opportunity

The President of the Vienna Economic Chamber, Brigitte Jank, sees above all great opportunities for Austria in Japanese biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

December 6, 2010

Leitl Vehemently Defends Euro Protection Shield

The President of the WKÖ (Austrian Federal Economic Chamber), Christoph Leitl, gives a clear answer to the euro critics: without the euro, Austria would have become a problematic case in 2009.

December 6, 2010

Austria's Industry Welcomes Electricity Reform

Whereas Industrialists and the Economic Chamber (WKO) are asking for enactment today, the Umweltdachverband (UWD, Environmental Federation) is against it.

December 1, 2010

Carinthia Back on Growth Path

A business survey in Carinthia showed an increasingly positive image. Optimism is rising.

November 30, 2010

Salary Increase in Trade up to 2.3%

Low incomes are taken more into account than higher salaries; the minimum wage in trade now amounts to € 1,300.

November 30, 2010

Carinthia Strengthens Relations with China

The Carinthian Economic Chamber President, Franz Pacher, has signed a bilateral trade agreement with the Beijing Economic Chamber.

November 29, 2010

Leitl: Finland and Austria Have Much to Learn From Each Other

Finnish ex-Prime Minister Lipponen exposes economic success secrets of his country.

November 29, 2010

WKÖ’s Secretary General Advocates for Educational and Administrative Reform

Young people have to be trained practically to meet the challenges of the future. An administrative reform should not be foregone, said Hochhauser.

November 25, 2010

Leitl Vehemently Asks the Government for Structural Reforms

The President of the Austrian Economic Chamber (WK), Christoph Leitl, call on the government for location and future investments.

November 25, 2010

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

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

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

WKÖ: China Overtakes the U.S. as the Most Important Overseas Austrian Trade Partner

The volume of foreign trade (exports and imports) with China in the second third of the year was 5.6 billion euro compared to 5.1 billion euro with the U.S.

November 16, 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

Strong Growth of Austria's Export Figures

Growth in exports was 15.3% in the first eight months of 2010, mainly to emerging markets.

November 10, 2010

Post Partners: The Concept Establishes Itself

The concept developed by the Wirtschaftskammer and the Post is more successful than expected. In total it should come to 2,000 branches.

November 9, 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

Deal of the Social Partners on Immigration and Social Dumping

Introduction of the "Red-White-Red Card" to combat abuse in the labor market

October 17, 2010

Austria Continues Being the Largest Investor in Romania

"Romania is an important market in Eastern Europe for the Austrian economy. Its great importance for us is proved by the fact that Austria is by far the largest investor in Romania"

September 23, 2010