Current “Circumstances” – Crisis Security Act Under Review


The government-planned Crisis Security Act has been delayed. Plans are under review to include “circumstances that may not have been originally thought of” in the course of developments in the Corona crisis and the war in Ukraine, it said Thursday.

ÖVP security spokesman Christian Stocker spoke about the new plans in the Ö1 “Tomorrow Journal” on Thursday. The new law was announced six months ago on the national holiday in the event of a crisis. At the time, the government announced that a modern, cross-departmental situation center would be built in the Ministry of the Interior at a cost of up to EUR 30 million, which would also provide continuous situation reports.

Own government coordinator planned
A separate government coordinator is also responsible for crisis prevention in the Federal Chancellery. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the bunker is in the planning stage. Everything else is still in flux, Stocker said.

criticism of the opposition
The intention was actually that the law would be passed in the spring of 2022. According to the opposition, not much has happened. “Well, I haven’t heard from it in months,” said SPÖ security spokesman Reinhold Einwallner. There was a brief meeting as part of the security spokesperson, “and since that day there has been virtually radio silence from the government,” said FPÖ security spokesman Hannes Amesbauer.

The government needs the votes of at least the SPÖ or the FPÖ, as some parts of the planned law contain constitutional provisions.

Source: Krone


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