Now things are happening in quick succession: While the first tranche of the nine billion euros in government aid for the electricity supplier Wien Energie, which has gotten into a tailspin, is being transferred today, a statement of the facts is also to arrive at the Economic and Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA).
A team of lawyers has written a complaint against Vienna’s mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) and possible accomplices with the first information that is known about the red financial scandal. The allegations in it: It should go to the suspicion of abuse of office and breach of trust – a conviction under § 153 paragraph 3 threatens up to ten years in prison.
“The situation is pretty clear,” says Vienna’s FPÖ leader Dominik Nepp: Without informing the municipal council, Vienna’s mayor had “since July initiated several transfers of 700 million euros each” from the city of Vienna to Wien Energie. At least 1.4 billion euros in tax money from the Viennese flowed to the city’s electricity supplier without informing the responsible finance committee and the city parliament.
There was no reporting afterwards, either, although Michael Ludwig was obliged to provide information “immediately” after acting on the basis of an emergency decree. Dominik Nepp: “To say now that we would have informed everyone in September anyway is a mockery of democracy.”
Due to this suspicion, the Viennese FPÖ demands the immediate resignation of the SPÖ mayor. But also because it has been proven that the municipal Wien Energie speculated with the money from electricity and gas customers. Nepp: “The energy managers bet on falling prices, sold short – that’s all speculation. Clearly. As was the case with the franc loans under SPÖ city councilor Renate Brauner.”
The SPÖ mayor of Vienna has still not commented on the serious allegations – Michael Ludwig has disappeared since the financial scandal became known on Sunday evening, his communications team does not pick up the phones and refuses all talks with the media.