Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

Austria fans celebrate after the UEFA EURO 2020 Group C football match between Austria and North Macedonia (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / POOL / AFP)
Austria fans celebrate after the UEFA EURO 2020 Group C football match between Austria and North Macedonia (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / POOL / AFP)
Find out what's going on in Austria on Monday with The Local's short roundup of today's news

First victory for Austrian team

The Austrian national team scored their first victory in a European football championship on Sunday.

Team boss Franco Foda’s team won their opening game against North Macedonia in Bucharest 3-1.

Austria will play the Netherlands on Thursday.

READ MORE: Where can I watch Austria’s Euro 2020 matches in Vienna?

Family homes being replaced by tourist properties in Salzburg

Family homes are being sold and replaced by properties for tourists and investors in the  in the Salzburg Gebirgsgau region, according to broadcaster ORF.

It reports people living there say their homeland is being “sold off” say locals can no longer afford houses in the region due to spiralling land prices. The broadcaster reports in Kaprun, building land now costs between 800 and 1,200 euros per square meter.

Housing in Austria: Where are prices steady – and where are they on the rise?

Delta variant in Vienna

There are at least 12 cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus in Vienna, according to Andreas Huber from the city’s crisis management team speaking to “Vienna today”.

The delta variant is a mutation which is considered to be significantly more contagious than other variants. There are also currently 19 further active suspected cases, said Huber. 

Seven day incidence at 22

The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 22. Vienna (34.2) and Tyrol (32.2) currently have a value over 30. Salzburg is the only federal state with a value below 10.0 (9.7).

Petition against cash limit

Austria is pushing back against European Central Bank proposals to create a Europe-wide upper limit for cash payments.  A referendum of 73,000 signatures in Austria shows a clear preference for no upper limits on cash sums, backed by Green and ÖVP politicians, Der Standard reports.

READ MORE: Why is cash so important for Austrians?

Easier path to citizenship rejected by ruling ÖVP 

The ruling Austrian ÖVP  party has again rejected the SPÖ proposal to offer a legal claim to citizenship after six years of legal residence, with party boss August Wöginger attacking left-wing parties for wanting “to change the political majority in the country by means of mass naturalisations”, Die Presse newspaper reports.

Vaccination gathers pace in universities

Vaccination programs are under for universities in Austria now, though programmes vary from state to state. While the university employees in Vienna, Salzburg and Upper Austria were able to register for company vaccinations, there is no prioritisation for those in Styria and Tyrol.

In Upper Austria, a separate vaccination line was set up last week at the University of Linz, where not only university members but also employees of all other universities in the state could be vaccinated. At the University of Vienna, almost half of those registered have already received their first jab.

EU commissioner criticises Austria’s plans to cut subsidies for some citizens

EU Democracy and Demography Commissioner Dubravka Suica has criticised Austria’s plans to cut subsidies for EU citizens who work in Austria while their children live elsewhere, calling it “not fair”, in an interview with the Wiener Zeitung newspaper.


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