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'Not enough going on': Parliament session cancelled

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The Austrian parliament building in Vienna.
13:05 CET+01:00
Austria’s governing coalition parties have cancelled a parliamentary session planned for next week because they say they have “nothing to discuss”.

An announcement on the Austrian parliament's website says that a session which 183 members of parliament planned to attend on Thursday has now been cancelled.

MP Dieter Brosz, from the opposition Greens party, told the Kurier newspaper that representatives from the Social Democrats (SPÖ) and conservative People's Party (ÖVP) had told the opposition parties that “there just isn’t enough going on for a discussion”.

He said it was the first time that a parliamentary session had been cancelled at such short notice and that it was “very unusual”. A session planned for Wednesday will go ahead.

Brosz complained that in fact there is plenty to discuss, as the government still needs to decide on how to implement the energy and climate strategy agreed on at the Paris climate summit last year.

He added that details of the planned education reform bill still have to be hammered out as well.

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"Even if the governing parties feel they have nothing to offer - they could at least allow the opposition to voice some of their concerns," he said, complaining that when the opposition wants to debate an issue the sessions often end up being adjourned.

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