56. Vienna City Council: Financial Statements 2023 (24) | City of Vienna

Advising the Climate, Environment, Democracy and Human Resources Business Group and the Annual Financial Statements of the “Wien Canal” Company for the year 2023

Vienna (OTS/RK) GRin Mag. The speeches of the Heidemarie sequence (GRÜNE) city government parties were a showcase. Sequence said that he enjoyed living in the city and thanked the Vienna City Gardens for his great interest in making Donnapark “the most beautiful park in Vienna”. In his speech at the Brigittenau District Council’s citizen survey on the redevelopment of Wallensteinstrasse, Sequence said: According to Falter, the process has not gone smoothly. The sequence also identified a lack of standards: “The poll was confusing from start to finish. It was unclear, for example, how many votes were cast. In addition, it was unclear whether Vienna’s preferences were actually included in the planning.” .but only after that can the planning begin.

According to Nina Abrahamcik (SPÖ), the election campaign for the upcoming National Council elections in September is already making itself felt in discussions about the final accounts. Democracy is under pressure globally. “It’s not good for us as a democracy,” Abrahamczyk said. In 2023, the City of Vienna – elections and various legal matters supported 19 referendums of the federal government. Since last year, all petitioners have the right to be heard in a public, registered panel. It is an important and good development. Abrahamczyk also spoke about the Vienna Climate Group: It was clear from the start that this was a two-year pilot phase. This was also continuously evaluated. The Vienna climate team will begin the next round in the fall; The assessment report will be published in advance. Abrahamczyk also announced that Vienna would focus on democracy. For example, in Democracy Enact 2023, the development of a democracy strategy was recommended. This is to provide the city with the framework for the necessary expansion of democracy in the coming years. Because petitions or surveys are not the right method for many citizens. In this way, the city informs the people of Vienna about engaging and participating in various ways. The Office of Participation is also central – here the aim is to seek out easy-to-reach target groups such as the “non-usual suspects” or disenfranchised people. Starting this fall, Vienna was chosen as the capital of democracy. So there will be many other forms. According to Abrahamczyk, there are many challenges to democracy today – so it is important to address them and create good solutions. Abrahamczyk argued that democracy should be learned, lived and permeated in every area of ​​life. There are many ways to support democratic processes. Vienna has once again earned the title of world’s most liveable city – and Abrahamczyk credits the dedication of city workers. As an employer, the city faces similar challenges to other organizations due to the impending retirement period. Vienna must therefore be attractive as an employer, which is why the city has taken and continues to take certain measures for good working conditions. As an example, Abrahamczyk cited, among others, increased value of food stamps, talent development programs and a “Leadership Ready” program for aspiring managers.

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More official. In his closing remarks, StR Mag Jürgen Czernohorszky (SPÖ) said he was proud of Vienna’s renewed award as the world’s most liveable city. He explained that by 2023 the city government of Vienna has made a lot of progress in the fields of climate and environmental protection, human resources and democracy. This will benefit the quality of life of all Viennese. Maintaining a high standard of living in Vienna requires investments, including climate protection. As an example, Czernohorszky cited the city’s restoration efforts, such as the former marshalling yard in Bredenleigh. “All Viennese benefit from this,” Czernoharsky said. The city also ensures good cooperation with protected areas and the Vienna Chamber of Farmers and Agriculture. Quality of life means green space: the city already has more than 1,000 parks. More than 400,000 square meters of green space will be redesigned or redesigned. Czernohorszky announced that the city would exceed this mark. With the Vienna Forest and Grassland Charter and the new Tree Protection Act, species-rich green spaces can be protected and trees can be better protected.

The drinking water supply in Vienna will also be expanded: 100 million euros will be invested annually to maintain and expand the drinking water infrastructure: water pipes will be replaced and water tanks will be expanded. This ensures the best spring water for all Viennese. The Vienna canal also contributes to water quality: the city is investing 270 million euros in the expansion of the waste canal. This means that the Vienna River will be better protected from pollution and flooding in the future. According to Czernohorszky, these all contribute to quality of life. For the Viennese, this means, among other things, attractive places to relax, cooling off in the summer, and air quality and biodiversity protection. Additionally, the goal of “gassing out” is in full swing. In his speech, Czernohorszky also discussed the Vienna Heat Plan 2040: which creates security on Vienna’s path to climate neutrality in 2040. The energy transition is moving the city towards a climate-friendly energy future. It increases the quality of life and has a positive effect on your wallet.

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Czernohorszky declared Vienna “the capital of European democracy”. The city offers many opportunities for people in Vienna to get involved. Czernohorszky cited the Vienna Climate Group as an example: They are here to stay. He praised the performance of the city staff during the last EU elections. During the two-day discussions, various achievements of the city were listed – “all of which ensure a better quality of life,” Czernoharsky reiterated. At the end of his speech, he thanked all employees of the City of Vienna, the Climate, Environment, Democracy and Human Resources Business Group and related departments.

Final comments and votes

City councilor KR Peter Hanke (SPÖ) said: “We are very good at democracy.” The debates over the past two days have been a “colorful contest” of arguments. He thanked the city parliament for the discussion held in the local council and asked them to approve the resolution to close the accounts.

The 2023 financial statements were adopted with the votes of SPÖ and NEOS. The annual financial statements for the Viennese companies Wiener Gesundheitverbund (WIGEV), Wiener Wonen and Wien Kanal were also approved with several votes. In addition, the financial statement of the City of Vienna for 2023 was unanimously agreed by the local council.

Nearly 200 motions were presented during the two-day debate. Three SPÖ-NEOS motions regarding mandatory values ​​and orientation courses from day one, the introduction of the Austria-wide Opportunity Index and the launch of the Year of Youth Integration, as well as the three-party motion from the SPÖ, NEOS and GREENS on a memorial tree for Dr. Abdül Rahman Kasemlo, Abdullah Ghaderi-Azardan and Fadel Rasool. The ÖVP motion regarding the introduction of educational verification of children was unanimously approved. Density and priority of interior over exterior growth.

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The following applications were allocated to the local council committee responsible for: development of well-being facilities and care places for children; Appointed Patient Advocate; Support initiative for students with disabilities in Vienna schools; endometriosis awareness campaign and additional research funding; Improve swimming pool infrastructure and use at City Hall Pool and Stadium Pool; kindergarten places for children with disabilities; digital street work; Measures to make the director’s job more attractive; measures to alleviate teacher shortages in Vienna’s compulsory schools; Men in Elementary Education; Preventing children from falling from windows; the expansion of legal graffiti areas in Vienna; Dedication to Viennese Song; Memorial plaque at Albertgasse 35; More funding for science.

All other motions did not receive the required majority.

The 56th meeting of the Vienna City Council ended at 9:55 p.m.


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