No vaccination obligation with Corona but “information about vaccination” and a restrictive course for integration – these are among other things the priorities of the 43-page government program of Schwarz-Blau II, Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) and Governor Deputy Manfred Haimbuchner ( FPÖ) presented on Thursday. No chapter is devoted to climate change.
Schwarz-Blau are committed to a “continuation of a restrictive migration policy”, both made clear in the press conference. It is planned to link additional state services to knowledge of German. In addition, a second compulsory year of kindergarten is planned for those with a German deficit, as well as a transparency study on mosques in Upper Austria. The program also includes a “consistent approach against online radicalization”.
In addition, Stelzer and Haimbuchner promised to expand the childcare offer. They promised more places for under three-year-olds as well as extending the opening hours. As far as budget policy is concerned, the country will not be able to immediately return to the zero debt policy in the next few years due to Corona. The slogan is now rather: “Opportunities instead of debt,” said Stelzer.
He and his blue deputy want to be an anchor of stability in the coming “difficult six years”. Black and blue in the country see themselves “also as a counterpoint to some of what we have experienced at the federal level in recent weeks,” said the LH. Haimbuchner, in turn, described his party as a “trendsetter” because of its participation in government.
Upper Austria basically supports climate policy and wants to become a center of hydrogen. However, Haimbuchner also made it clear that Upper Austria, as a federal state, has the “roads as lifelines”. Even if, according to the government program, the “paradigm shift” in the direction of public transport is to be promoted further, he said that “one always has to stay down to earth”.
Basically, the country wants to act “with a mixture of expertise and common sense” in the coming legislative period, said Stelzer, explaining the premise for action. Instead of applying pressure to increase the vaccination quota, Schwarz-Blau relies on broad education and the expansion of low-threshold vaccination offers. So there is a clear no to the obligation to vaccinate from both parties.
The opposition does not leave a good hair on the government program. “The old way of thinking is being spun on, old concepts are being repackaged and re-dated. Upper Austria has to be made fit for the future and the climate, ”said Green Provincial Councilor Stefan Kaineder. The SPÖ sees a “standstill coalition” that ignores problems. (APA / Red)