Opposition parties in Austria have agreed to set up a parliamentary commission of inquiry into corruption investigations into members of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), which is leading the governing coalition, the parties said at a press conference in Vienna on Wednesday.
According to representatives of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ), the radical right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the Austrian Liberal Forum (NEOS), the planned parliamentary inquiry was resigned on Saturday. leaked in the Austrian press.
The committee, which may still be made more difficult to set up by a parliamentary government majority, is hoped by the opposition to start work next month, but news agencies expect it next year anyway.
The Economic and Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA) suspects ten people, including Kurz, senior advisers and two employees of a polling company, of manipulating survey data in favor of Kurz using public money when he applied for the post of party president and then chancellor. Sebastian Kurz denies having committed any lawlessness. An employee of the polling company, who is suspected of destroying data, was arrested on Tuesday.
Regarding the formation of the committee of inquiry, Social Democrat Kai Jan Krainer said at a press conference on Wednesday that they thought what they saw in the case so far was just the tip of the iceberg. In his response, Andreas Hanger, a representative of the ÖVP, called for a responsible attitude on the part of the ÖPP, noting that the committee of inquiry should carry out fair exploratory work if it was set up.