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

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
Two members of the Vienna Boy Choir pose with an Lippizaner horse of the Spanish Riding School. (Photo by DIETER NAGL / AFP)
Find out what's going on in Austria on Thursday, with The Local's short roundup of today's news.

‘Ibizagate’ trial of Heinz-Christian Strachel continues

Details of payments from private clinic owner Walter Grubmüller to the FPO party and to pay for a holiday for the former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strachel have come to light at the Ibiza trial for the first time, Der Standard newspaper reports.

The Economic and Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office presented the flow of money to court during the so-called ‘Ibiza’ trial of the former FPO leader.  It was previously not included in the investigation file as it was only recently found during the search of Strache’s mobile phone.

READ MORE: ‘Ibizagate’: What you need to know about the scandal which continues to grip Austrian politics

Stallions move into new stables 

The stallions of the Spanish Riding School will move today into their four new paddocks in the Burggarten in Vienna, broadcaster ORF reports. It means after training the horses can enjoy a relaxing time in the park. The new stables for the 72 school stallions are in addition to their holiday home in the Heldenberg in Lower Austria.

Every day the horses should alternately and individually come to one of the four paddocks for around one or two hours to relax and let off steam.

During the summer break of the “ballet”, the Lipizzaner mares and their foals are usually brought to Vienna from the Piber Lipizzaner stud in Styria and presented to the public.

They too were allowed to graze in the castle garden. However, from now on, they will stay in the countryside over the summer.

Vaccination without registration also in Salzburg

It is the turn of Salzburg for a special vaccination campaign this week. On Thursday it will be possible to be vaccinated at the Nonntal school center in the city of Salzburg, from Friday in the Salzburg Congress House and on Saturday in St. Johann (Pongau), without registering in advance.

Those wanting to be jabbed will register on site and need to bring their  e-card and ID, as  well as the vaccination information sheet and documentation sheet – if possible already filled in. On Friday there will be vaccination with Johnson and Johnson, which only requires one dose for full immunity, and on Saturday with Biontech, broadcaster ORF reports. 

READ MORE: Several Austrian states open Covid vaccinations without appointments

Hottest day of the year is on the way

The hottest day of the year in Austria is approaching, broadcaster ORF warns. The maximum temperature will reach around 36 degrees.  However, strong southeast winds will help keep people fresh. 

It will be sunny, with some cloud cover. Later in the evening or during the night on Friday, the stormy north-westerly wind will pick up and there is a risk of thunderstorms.

“Cooling Centre” opens in Vienna

Hot temperatures are expected today in Vienna, so the Red Cross has opened a cooling centre in the North Shopping Centre, broadcaster ORF reports. If you’ve overheated in the past few days, you can cool off in an air-conditioned room with a calm atmosphere.

The centre opens when it is 30 degrees Celsius or more on three days and there is no cooling. People wishing to go in must prove they have been vaccinated against, recovered from or tested negative for coronavirus. 

The Red Cross recommends you stay there for two to three hours. It is recommended to take a “book, crossword puzzle, mobile phone” with you to use. Alternatively, you can sleep for a few hours on the available berths. Pets are also welcome, “provided they do not disrupt the operation”.

Procedure over investigation into Chancellor examined

The Public Prosecutor’s Office for Economic Affairs and Corruption (WKStA) has sent an information report on the planned procedure in the investigation into the alleged false testimony of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Justice.

The WKStA is investigating the Chancellor after he was accused of having given incorrect answers to the “Ibiza” investigation committee on several points. The investigation centres around how much Kurz was involved in the reform of the ÖBAG state holding company.

Broadcaster ORF reports the Chancellor tried to downplay his role in the selection of the supervisory board as well as in the appointment of the controversial former ÖBAG boss Thomas Schmid in the committee.  However, chats later emerged suggesting close coordination between Schmid and Kurz.

READ MORE: Austrian Chancellor Kurz sees image dented as he faces investigations

More districts in the Salzburg region to have Nazi resistance memorial sites

Over the next six years, the state of Salzburg will establish a “Place of Remembrance” in every district in the state to commemorate resistance fighters in the Nazi regime. The locations will be decided and artistically designed together with the community of those affected.

In addition, the biographies and various forms of resistance should be historically processed and conveyed to schoolchildren at the same time, broadcaster ORF reports. The project will be led by a working group consisting of the Salzburg art historian Hildegard Fraueneder and two contemporary historians.

It seeks to redress the balance away from the city of Salzburg, where remembrance initiatives have mainly been concentrated in the past.


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