The crisis security law promised by the federal government on the national holiday is now the subject of negotiations with the opposition. A first meeting took place on Tuesday at which the schedule of talks was set. At the same time, the six-week review of the design will start in mid / late November. ÖVP and Greens are striving for an all-party decision. Part of the package is the creation of a partially underground situation center under the Ministry of the Interior.
For the decision, the coalition needs the SPÖ or the FPÖ, as some of these are constitutional matters. The security spokesman Reinhold Einwallner (SPÖ) and Hannes Amesbauer (FPÖ) were ready to talk and also rated the first contact positively. It remained open, however, whether their demands – such as placing core competencies with the Federal Chancellor and not with the Interior Minister and upgrading the National Security Council – would also be accepted. There are also doubts about the need for a new multi-million dollar situation center. Neos defense spokesman Douglas Hoyos was confident of a joint solution.
ÖVP security spokesman Karl Mahrer described the Federal Crisis Security Act in a written statement on Tuesday as a milestone in Austrian security policy. He emphasized that the Ministry of the Interior, thanks to its decades of expertise in crisis-related staff work, was the right place to locate the Federal Situation Center. “With the start of today’s negotiations, the way is free for constructive contributions,” he said in any case.
Coalition supports all-party resolution
David Stögmüller, civil protection and national defense spokesman for the Greens, praised the “really good proposals” that were now available and that they intend to take up after the meeting. The aim is to get the approval of all parliamentary groups. Negotiations are now taking place at the speaker level. In January or February there will be another political round, in which the appraisal statements should also be included.
With the law, Türkis-Grün wants to react to the fact that “extensive legalization in the area of crisis management has not yet taken place,” as the Council of Ministers lecture decided on on October 26th shows. Now they want to catch up on that, “taking into account federal and state competencies”.
A nationwide crisis and situation center is to be built on the ground floor and the basement of the Ministry of the Interior for up to 30 million euros. In addition, the role of a government advisor is to be created in this area, but also cross-departmental specialist bodies. (apa)