ARCHIVE – A meeting of the committee of inquiry into the Ibiza affair is taking place in the alternative quarters of the Austrian parliament in the Hofburg. Photo: Roland Schlager / APA / dpa
It was uncovered how the previous government of the conservative ÖVP and right-wing FPÖ tried to “secretly, quietly and quietly” rebuild the republic for the benefit of their friends, said the MP Nina Tomaselli of the Greens, who govern together with the ÖVP.
This was also shown by documents delivered at the last minute about planned tax breaks for the super-rich, according to Tomaselli. On behalf of the social democratic SPÖ, MP Jan Krainer pointed out that the work of the committee had been hindered in an unprecedented manner by the ÖVP.
The ÖVP emphasized that there was never a connection between a law and a party donation. “The committee of inquiry was actually a subordinate committee,” said ÖVP member Andreas Hanger.
The committee investigated the suspicion that the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition, which ruled from 2017 to 2019, was for sale. The investigation was triggered by the Ibiza video published in 2017, which led to the breach of the alliance. In the video, the then Vice Chancellor and FPÖ chairman Heinz-Christian Strache appeared prone to corruption. He denies the allegations. The panel has surveyed 120 people, including millionaires and billionaires, for more than a year. In addition, 1.2 million pages of files were viewed. The parliamentary groups’ final reports will be written in the next few weeks. The official end of the committee is September 22nd.
The committee was extremely successful in its search for impermissible proximity between business and politics, said Tomaselli. You assume that a self-cleaning process has been set in motion. “At the end of the committee, the republic will be a bit cleaner,” said the Green politician.