In the last ORF summer talk, Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) answered questions from Tobias Pötzelsberger and Julia Schmuck. The central theme was of course inflation and the energy crisis. In these difficult times, the chancellor still wants to encourage the citizens.
Regarding the economic measures taken against Russia, he noted that gas is not on the sanctions list. “We are currently being blackmailed,” said Nehammer, who once again warned of the urgency of expanding alternative energies.
The Chancellor can well understand the concerns of many Austrians about a difficult winter. “It’s my concern, too,” said Nehammer. However, the federal government has already found specific ways to minimize the burden with a number of measures.
Local companies are also helped in the “crazy situation”. Austria has a powerful energy that depends heavily on exports. Therefore, above all, Europe-wide solutions are needed. The Chancellor sees Europe as a business location under pressure due to comparatively low energy prices in the USA and Asia.
When asked whether the high profits of energy companies could be skimmed off, Nehammer replied that there should be no ban on thinking.
Of course, the financial scandal at Wien Energie was also a topic in the last summer talks. “Two billion were set up within 72 hours, otherwise two million customers in Vienna were threatened with blackout,” Nehammer clarified. While the ORF moderators apparently tried to defend the Viennese SPÖ, the Chancellor let his dissatisfaction with the crisis management in the federal capital be seen. The theoretical question asked by the moderator duo, whether the reaction of the People’s Party would have been the same if the scandal had taken place in an “ÖVP state”, was not accepted by the Chancellor because of its “absurdity”.