National Council decides on uniform charging cables |

The National Council plans to hold two full days of meetings in the coming week. There aren’t really any big decisions on the agenda, which means debates take up more space during the election campaign. These include, among others, uniform charging cables for mobile phones and other electronic devices, facilitation of commercial deliveries and enhancement of recently decided interest subsidies for housing subsidies from federal states.

At the beginning of the meeting, a minute of mourning is planned for the late former Second National Council President and Defense Minister Robert Lichel. Wednesday morning’s program features two “current hours” in which the opposition parties SPÖ and FPÖ present their heartland issues of wealth tax and asylum policy for debate. At the request of the SPÖ, domestic political “current time” is “Why do billionaires in Austria pay less tax than working people, Mr. Chancellor?” Regarding the question of Based on the FPÖ initiative “Current Europe Hour” entitled “Stop the EU Madness – Fortress Europe as a Guarantee of Security, Prosperity, Peace and Prosperity”.

After these discussions, an international guest descends on the floor. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Council of Europe, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Theodoros Roussopoulos, issued a statement to the National Council.

Wednesday’s resolutions deal with practical matters from a consumer perspective, including standardization of charging cables for electronic devices. It implements an EU directive that from the end of this year all smartphones, digital cameras, headphones, tablets or video game consoles must have the same charging port – for cellphones it’s a USB-C port. From the end of April 2026, the requirements will also apply to notebooks.

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Recently decided interest subsidies for housing subsidies from the federal states are being enhanced to spur the construction industry. The “Grace Period Act” aims to facilitate business transfers for family businesses and small and medium-sized businesses through tax office support. A change in the law for climate bonuses is planned to increase the number of transfers by accessing personnel management data on federal employees.

The second plenary day on Thursday begins with “Question Time” with Defense Minister Claudia Tanner (ÖVP). The National Council then deals with various reports from the Court of Auditors, including academic leave, the red-white-red card, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the renovation of the parliament building. At the request of the FPÖ, the ORF annual report and transparency report will once again be about the budget levy and the public broadcaster’s salary.

Finally, the FPÖ motion on procedural rules for investigative committees will be subject to preliminary discussion. Accordingly, a quarter of the members of the Executive Committee can in the future submit the U-Group’s request to the Constitutional Court (VfGH) for review.

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