Schelling: Contribution by regional states to pensions for victims of children's home abuse sends positive signal Regional states to pay EUR 1 million annually

Vienna (OTS) - Austrian Finance Minister Dr Hans Jörg Schelling described as a "positive signal and responsible step" the decision by Austrian provincial finance directors to make a solidarity contribution from the regional states totalling EUR 1 million per year for the pensions of victims of children's home abuse passed just this week by the Austrian Parliament. "I wish to express my thanks to the regional states and to the chairman of the conference of heads of regional government and regional finance director, state governor Günther Platter, for achieving such swift agreement between the federal states. Coming to terms with the past in this manner shows how closely the federal government and regional states are cooperating and achieving solutions," declared Schelling.