In the ZiB2 Neos boss Beate Meinl-Reisinger was a guest on Sunday. She found clear words about the cause of Finance Minister Gernot Blümel (ÖVP): He had to resign at least temporarily.
“The limit of political responsibility” should not always be drawn where convictions are at stake, but also moral, according to Meinl-Reisinger. The fact that Blümel was a suspect in investigations in connection with Novomatic and at the same time, as finance minister, was responsible for overseeing gambling, she said: “It won’t work, it’s grossly incompatible.” Blümel should withdraw until the cause has been clarified. In the government, however, the Blümel case is only the “tip of the iceberg”.
Against prohibition of party donations
However, Meinl-Reisinger does not consider a ban on party donations as a consequence of the events to be sensible. Donations should be tranpsarent, not run through associations, bypassing the audit office, she said: “It took a committee of inquiry to even bring to light that there had actually been financial donations from Novomatic to associations close to the ÖVP such as the Alois Mock Institute . “