The side letter became known over the weekend and contains various detailed personnel decisions. As can be seen from the paper available to the APA, the Greens have the right to nominate the chairman of the foundation board. At the same time, the introduction of a headscarf ban for female teachers is recorded.
The daily newspapers “Kurier”, “Kronen-Zeitung” and “sterreich” reported on Sunday, citing insiders, that there had been a deal to exchange these two topics. The Greens therefore only wanted the headscarf ban in the side agreement and not in the coalition agreement because it was highly controversial in the ko-party. According to the insiders, the former Green Federal Party Secretary Lothar Lockel is to be elected this year to succeed Norbert Steger (FP) as Chairman of the ORF Foundation Council.
Literally it says in the paper available to the APA: “Regarding the cooperation in the ORF Foundation Council, reference is made to the agreement of the chairmen of the circles of friends of the coalition partners. The Greens have the right to propose the Chairman of the Foundation Council if he is up for election.” And with regard to the headscarf, it states: “In the sphere of activity of the Ministry of Education, a headscarf ban for female teachers will be introduced by decree during the legislative period.”
The already known personnel agreements from the judiciary to the EU Commissioner, the National Bank and the Financial Market Authority to federal holdings were already defended by Chancellor Karl Nehammer (VP) and Greens leader Werner Kogler on Saturday.