Karner about plans for Lower Austria – repaying corona fines ‘legally difficult’


The coalition between ÖVP and FPÖ in Lower Austria wants to set up a €30 million corona fund, which will also be used to repay unconstitutional corona fines. The fines were issued by the department of Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP). He admits that the project could be legally difficult.

There could be “legally difficult tasks” to process the refund, he said in the ORF press hour on Sunday. Karner repeatedly avoided a concrete answer to the question of whether the initiative of the ÖVP and FPÖ in Lower Austria should also apply to the federal government.

“closing locks”
In any case, he did not want the Corona Fund to be perceived as kneeling for the blues. It should also cover the psychological damage of the pandemic, said Karner, who argues the same as Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) in the ‘Krone’ interview. Like her, the interior minister, who is from Lower Austria, explained that it was a matter of “closing the gaps” that had arisen during the pandemic.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) also announced this process in his forthcoming speech. According to the Minister of the Interior from Lower Austria, the PVV spoke of ridicule instead of reconciliation at the time. Now the FPÖ is apparently ready.

Black-Blue “measure by action”
The ÖVP politician defended the black-blue alliance in Austria’s second-largest state, which was met with massive criticism. The working agreement should be “measured not by what’s on paper,” Karner said, but by the actions of a future ÖVP-FPÖ state government due to be sworn in next Thursday.

The interior minister explained that he had “great respect” for VP Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner for taking this “more difficult” path. After all, during the election campaign she was given words “that were below the belt”. Karner argued that the PVV would have been part of the proportional government, with or without an employment contract.

Karner doesn’t want to speculate
Whether the black-blue cooperation could also be a model in the federal government, the 55-year-old politician did not want to answer. “I’m not ready to speculate at this point.” The turquoise-green coalition still has many plans, which will be worked out consistently over the next year and a half, Karner said, confident the government will hold out to the end. of the legislature.

Source: Krone


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