Today in Austria: A round up of the latest news on Monday

Find out what's going on on Monday  in Austria with The Local's short roundup of the news. 

The facade of the Kunsthaus Wien Hundertwasserhaus (Hundertwasser house) designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Photo by ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP)
The facade of the Kunsthaus Wien Hundertwasserhaus (Hundertwasser house) designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Photo by ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP)

Doubts over EU-wide green pass 

Tourism Minister Köstinger said that achieving an EU-wide green travel pass allowing travel to resume by the summer would be a “challenge”, during an interview with public broadcaster ORF’s political talk show Pressestunde on 9 May, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reports.

Köstinger also said Austria would strike bilateral agreements with neighbouring states if the green pass failed.

Seven day incidence is 105

The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 105, according to the AGES database.

The number is highest in Vorarlberg (177.8) and in Styria (140.3). The number is lowest in Burgenland at 55.0.

Criticism of Finance Minister

Austria’s Deputy Chancellor Kogler has intensified his criticism against Finance Minister Blümel for the latter’s failure to provide evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the Ibiza scandal in a timely fashion.

Kogler told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper that Blümel had shown “a lack of respect for the institutions, the Constitutional Court and parliament.”

Manufacturer MAN ‘can be forced’ to keep production site

German lorry and bus manufacturer MAN can be forced to respect a commitment it made in 2019 to preserve its production site in the Austrian town of Steyr until 2030, Der Standard newspaper reports, according to a legal opinion commissioned by a workers’ union.

AstraZeneca doses will not be offered in near future

There will soon be no more injections with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Austria, Der Standard newspaper reports. According to the Ministry of Health, it is most likely at all future first vaccination appointments will offer a vaccine by Biontech / Pfizer or Moderna.

As only 28,800 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson have been delivered this vaccine will not be offered widely. 

Appointments can be booked for all adults in Lower Austria

Everyone aged 16 and over can book a coronavirus vaccination appointment from today in Lower Austria. 

Vienna ‘slowest to vaccinate’

Vienna is the slowest to vaccinate its citizens out of all Austria’s federal states, broadcaster ORF reports. Around 543,000 people in Vienna have now received a first dose of the vaccine and 195,000 are fully immunized. According to the city, the reason is many people from Lower Austria and Burgenland who work in the capital were vaccinated in Vienna.

Vorarlberg will vaccinated everyone who is registered by mid-June

In Vorarlberg, all people – regardless of age or risk factors – who registered for a vaccine appointment by the beginning of May should be vaccinated against the coronavirus by mid-June, according to APA.

Delays on A23 

The Vienna Südosttangente (A23) was completely closed to the south on Monday morning after a truck caught fire, broadcaster ORF reports. The fire has now been extinguished. There are currently delays of around an hour on the approach from the Danube bank motorway (A22) to the Kaisermühlen junction. 

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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Gas storage levels filling up, inflation at 10.5 percent, controversy with the Lobau Tunnel and more news from Austria on Friday.

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Gas storage levels to reach 80 percent ‘soon’

Austria’s domestic gas storage systems are filling up, the head of E-Control, the country’s energy regulator, told ZiB. Carola Millgramm said the storage levels should be 80 percent full by October 1st.

This means that industry, as well as households, can count on enough natural gas for the winter.

The situation would have to be re-evaluated if gas deliveries were to be stopped completely. In general, though, Austria is “well prepared for winter”, a representative of the Austrian Energy Ministry told broadcaster ORF.

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Is this the end of the Lobau Tunnel?

Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) wants to bring down the Lobau Tunnel for good: “Just because something was worth considering 20 years ago doesn’t mean it’s still the right decision today”, she said.

The controversial project was created to ease traffic from the outskirts of Vienna (east of the Danube river) to the capital centre. However, the tunnel would go below protected green areas in the 22nd district, and environmentalists alerted to the dangers it could bring to the Lobau region.

Additionally, many people complained that creating more roads for cars was not the best way to deal with traffic – saying the government should focus on giving the population better public transport options instead.

But the project is polarised, with many, including leading party ÖVP, still in favour of it, claiming Vienna urgently needs efficient traffic relief.

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Inflation estimated at 10.5 percent in September

The inflation rate for September 2022 is expected to be 10.5 percent, according to calculations by Statistics Austria, as part of a flash estimate. Compared to the previous month, consumer prices rose by 1.6 percent.

The inflation rate thus exceeds the values during the oil crises of the 1970s and rises to the highest level since July 1952, when it was 14.1 percent.

The main reason for the rise in consumer prices is substantial increases in household energy, which is also the most important driver of inflation in September. The second most important price driver is fuel prices, which remain at a high level. There were moderate price increases in food and restaurants.

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Screenshot from ZAMG

Apart from a few clearings, abundant clouds will prevail and there will be intermittent rain, especially in the south. Still, there will also be some rain in the other regions, Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG said.

The snow line rises from 1900 to 2500m.

The wind will blow weakly to moderately from different directions. Daytime highs are between 12 and 17 degrees.

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