In the presence of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens), Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen swore Martin Kocher as the new Labor Minister on Monday.
Before the weekend, Martin Kocher did not know that he would be sworn in as the new minister on Monday. Martin Kocher is now succeeding Christiane Aschbacher, who has surprisingly fallen out of favor because of her plagiarism affair, as the new labor minister. The 47-year-old former head of the Institute for Advanced Studies and a native of Salzburg is non-party, but joins the government on an ÖVP mandate.
During a corona-related shortened ceremony, Kocher and Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen signed the corresponding certificate in the Hofburg on Monday in the presence of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens).
With the inauguration, Van der Bellen referred to Kocher’s “impressive academic career”, who is now facing a “very challenging task”. Everything must be done to prevent a division in society, “and we do not want to leave anyone behind in this crisis,” said the President. Van der Bellen also highlighted Kocher’s hobbies (marathon running and mountaineering). This requires “stamina, stamina, tenacity” – all “qualities that you can use in your new position”.
Program in the National Council is changed
The Federal Government’s spontaneous changeover is also shaking up the National Council’s program. The new labor minister should be presented to parliament as soon as possible – also because the federal ministries law has to be changed, since the family and youth agendas are moving from the labor department to the chancellery to women’s and integration minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP). All of this is supposed to happen on Thursday, when originally only the new Corona law on “clean testing” and an amendment to the electronic vaccination certificate should have been debated and resolved in a further special session.
Now the ideas of Kocher and Raab are added in their new role. In addition, the Federal Ministries Act is to be passed at this meeting so that the new family minister can devote herself to the matters that have been won.