Green tips left due to sideletters

The side letter to the coalition agreement between the ÖVP and the Greens, which became known at the weekend, was received calmly by the leaders of the Greens in the federal states. The publication is also seen as a diversionary maneuver, especially with regard to the ÖVP subcommittee.

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The federal party of the Greens assumes that the paper from the environment of ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) was brought to the public with an unfavorable “spin” for the Greens. It is assumed that today’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) knew nothing about it.

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However, there are side letters not only from the federal ÖVP, the ÖVP has also concluded such side agreements in the federal states.

There is also a similar paper in Upper Austria, as confirmed by the ÖVP and FPÖ.

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In Vorarlberg, for example, the Greens and the ÖVP wrote that “public advances in controversial issues of government and state parliament work” should be discussed beforehand.

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Criticism of the administrative judges

The umbrella organization of administrative judges criticizes the “partisan political agreements” on filling managerial positions in the judiciary, which became known with the turquoise-green side letter. These revelations are “in any case likely to” shake confidence in the independence of the courts.

There is a “need for improvement”, stated Markus Thoma from the umbrella organization of administrative judges to the APA: All members must be free from instructions and independent – and such an independent judicial body would also have to be given the right to propose the VwGH leadership. The umbrella organization demanded that the appointment procedures should finally be aligned with European standards.

Because the trust of the population is not only based on trust in the independence of individual judges, but “also builds on trust in the courts being run by presidents and vice-presidents who are not open to political influence”. , stated the umbrella organization.

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