Pecik defends TA engagement

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Telekom Austria (TA) investor Ronny Pecik has declared himself a team player. The businessman – who cooperated with an Egyptian entrepreneur about increasing his stake in the firm to around 21 per cent over the past months – told radio station Ö1 today (Thurs): “I consider myself a team player. I don’t plan a fire […]

Grasser rejects BUWOG corruption claims

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Former Freedom Party (FPÖ) Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser has denied any wrongdoing regarding the sale of real estate management company BUWOG. The enterprise – which manages more than 60,000 apartments – was privatised in 2004 when Grasser headed the finance ministry. Ex-FPÖ General Secretary Walter Meischberger and marketing expert Peter Hochegger, who used to be […]

Kopf promises support for anti-corruption panel

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The People’s Party (ÖVP) has denied that it tries to enforce an early end to the parliamentary anti-corruption commission. The panel headed by Greens parliamentary member (MP) Gabriela Moser is investigating the various alleged corrupt connections between politicians and businesspeople since January. It suffered a setback when the ÖVP and its government coalition partner, the […]

Prosecutors examine TA’s Serbian adventure

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Business

Austrian investors who cooperated with Telekom Austria (TA) are facing fraud investigations. Magazine profil reported in its online edition yesterday (Thurs) that anti-corruption investigators started examining the actions of billionaire Martin Schlaff and former People’s Party (ÖVP) chief Josef Taus, one of Austria’s busiest investors. TA benefited from Schlaff’s engagements in Bulgaria where the Austrian […]

Amon examinations to start

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Viennese state prosecutors got the green light to investigate against Werner Amon. A juridical committee rejected the People’s Party (ÖVP) parliament member’s appeal to withdraw the case from the Viennese prosecution. Amon is suspected of money laundering. An agency once headed by lobbyist Peter Hochegger transferred 10,000 Euros to the Federal Workers’ and Employees’ Association […]

Gorbach exposed as hunting trip participant

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Former Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) Vice Chancellor Hubert Gorbach attended several hunting trips of a weapon industry and telecommunication technology lobbyist, according to leaked documents. Magazine News reports today (Thurs) that Gorbach took part in the hunting outings organised by Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly. The lobbyist is married to ex-People’s Party (ÖVP) General Secretary […]

Interest in politics hits all-time low

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Fewer Austrians than ever before are interested in politics, according to a poll. Research group Imas said yesterday (Weds) only five per cent of citizens explained they were “strongly interested” in developments in interior politics. Around three in four admitted being indifferent or uninterested. Imas explained the percentage figure of those very interested has never […]

Schüssel quits over TA scandal

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Politics

One of the country’s most influential politicians of the past 20 years has stepped down. Wolfgang Schüssel announced today (Mon) he decided to retire as member of the federal parliament (MP). The move comes after increasing pressure on the former chancellor in connection with alleged fraud and stock market value manipulation carried out by former […]

Prammer wants speedy TA investigations

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Barbara Prammer has said exposed occurrences within Telekom Austria (TA) are “almost unbearable.” The Social Democrat (SPÖ) is, as first president of the federal parliament, the highest political representative of Austria after President Heinz Fischer. Prammer appealed on prosecutors to present the results of their investigations as soon as possible. The Social Democrat also said […]

Nemsic may head for Dubai as ORF rumours linger on

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Former Telekom Austria (TA) boss Boris Nemsic has been hired by a global investment and consulting firm, according to reports. Business newspapers claim today (Fri) that the Sarajevo-born businessman will head the emerging markets operations of Delta Partners, a firm based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Nemsic headed TA for four years […]