Vienna. It was again a ministerial foyer, as was previously known. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache appeared on Wednesday after the first meeting of the government after the summer holidays, before the media. And the topic of the "Message Control experts", the increase in pensions, hardly played a role.
Especially Kurz had to ask unpleasant questions this time: did the Putin invitation for the wedding of the Minister of Foreign Affairs cause any damage? The Austrian position on Russia did not change as a result of the invitation. What does he say about the dissenting remarks made by FPÖ Secretary-General Harald Vilimsky on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker? Othmar Karas has already said everything. How does he deal with the Tyrolean ÖVP deputy Dominik Schrott, who is said to have organized a fake lottery? That was very unfair, but scrap had already reacted and separated from his employee.
And of course, the appointment of President of the Economic Chamber Harald Mahrer as President of the National Bank was also a subject after the Council of Ministers. As "Die Presse" already reported exclusively on Tuesday, the Coalitionsspitze in small group has approved an interesting package of personnel: not the ÖVP, but FPÖ candidate Robert Holzmann gets the important function of National Bank Governor, Mahrer is for the President of the National Bank. And the appointment of Othmar Karas for the EU Commissioner should also have been done in the washing up (see the report on the right).
The determination on Holzmann and Karas did not want to confirm Kurz, for which he naturally praised his candidate Mahr: "This was" a worthy successor "of the current president, Claus Raidl, and he would not have to have his position as chairman of the ÖVP-Wirtschaftsbund. "I am the chairman of the ÖVP and Chancellor myself. So it is perfectly possible to perform a party function and a public function, "said Kurz.
Apart from Wirtschaftsbund and Wirtschaftskammer, Mahrer has two other management positions: he is chairman of the Economic Research Institute (Wifo) and chairman of the Social Insurance Institution of the Business Industry.
Mahrer satisfied himself with a written statement on Wednesday. "I am satisfied with the confidence that the Minister of Finance and the federal government have in me, and of course I will work, together with my colleagues in the General Council, on a stable monetary policy and a stable financial market." Both are "important for the positive development of our business location, for our companies and their employees and families." I would like to see that not all real economies and finances are played out against each other Economically is indivisible and therefore holistic, and of course I like to bring my economic policy experience to the Supervisory Board. "
Mahr did not want to say before he took office on 1 September. In his office, however, he was annoyed by reports and statements that Mahr would now also collect the fee as president of the central bank. His income is limited by the Bezügebegrenzungsgesetz. This statutory regulation states that you are only entitled to two public relations. So Mahrer will not earn more than before. And I do not need a service vehicle that would be the president of the central bank. He already has one.
Interested in monetary policy
As far as Mahrer's capacity for the new function is concerned, observers have shown their interest in monetary policy for many years. Mahrer had tackled blockchain technology, because other politicians could not even pronounce this word correctly, according to financial circles. Over and over again, Mahrer spoke about money and monetary policy issues to speak. The cash he once described in conversation with the "press" as "a piece of relief and printed freedom". Mahr calls the Euro "a powerful symbol of Europe", but it will take a long time to "perfect" itself.
The opposition, on the other hand, sees the order Mahrers: For SPÖ, financial spokesman Kai Jan Krainer creates a clear conflict of interest for the new position. "The highest legal representative of the banks and insurance companies, as WKÖ-boss, can not at the same time be at the head of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank", says Krainer. Although in the past representatives of the Economic Chamber have become the President of the National Bank, they have fulfilled their function in the Chamber. The president of the Hayek Institute, Barbara Kolm, appointed vice president of OeNB, describes Krainer as the "leading representative of voodoo economy & # 39;
Mushroom clubbaas Bruno Rossmann sees Mahrers as very dubious. He has "no monetary experience". Rossmann also sees a conflict of interest with the position as president of WKO and all other offices that Mahrer held. Neos economy spokesman Sepp Schellhorn was shocked by the appointment of Mahrer: "I am stunned, with what impudence this right-wing nationalist government used to post in our republic."
("Die Presse", printed edition, 23.08.2018)