In truth, Brunner played the ball back to Infrastructure Minister Leonore Gewessler, according to the Ministry of Finance. In truth, his signature does not represent a rejection of the construction. The agreement actually has no influence on that. The 2022 construction program never included construction activities for the Lobau Tunnel. It was all about the cost of the proceedings.
Brunner’s signature was necessary so that all road construction projects could continue as planned. Now he is urging Gewessler not to cause even more burdens on the federal budget with their actions.
“The pressure for the construction of the Lobau Tunnel remains with Infrastructure Minister Leonore Gewessler,” says the Ministry of Finance. She now has to decide whether the Lobau Tunnel will be built – or whether she will actually call off this project. Above all, it must now ensure that any alternative does not lead to additional costs.
Finance Minister Magnus Brunner emphasizes: “The location factor infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in the international competition for growth and prosperity.” It is important “that taxpayers’ money is used carefully, which is why we have made it clear that any political decisions must not lead to additional costs .”
The Constitutional Service, in coordination with the Finanzprokuratur, has also determined that Brunner’s signature should not be interpreted as a rejection of the construction of the Lobau Tunnel.