Greens boss Werner Kogler (front right) and ÖVP boss Sebastian Kurz (rear left) during the talks about a possible coalition.
The parties reached an agreement in time for the new year.
The convention has yet to be approved on Saturday.
ÖVP and the Greens have agreed on a joint government program in Austria. The two parties announced this on Wednesday evening after a final meeting in Vienna.
The party leaders Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Werner Kogler (Greens) officially want to present the agreement at 9:50 p.m. The government program, like the list of ministers, should only be made public on Thursday.
Black-green coalition unique
The convention must still be approved by the Federal Congress of the Greens with almost 300 delegates on Saturday. A black-green – or as it is called in Austria – a turquoise-green government would be a premiere at the federal level. The alliance is already given symbolic character for Germany and other European countries.
The ÖVP emerged as the big winners from the parliamentary election at the end of September with 37.5 percent and the Greens with 13.9 percent of the vote. ÖVP boss Sebastian Kurz is now daring to change direction with the right-wing FPÖ after one and a half years in a government that is always viewed critically from abroad.
In short: «Agreement not easy»
During the negotiations, both parties emphasized that there were major differences between them and correspondingly large hurdles had to be overcome on the way to an alliance. While Kurz rejects new taxes, attaches importance to an anti-migration course and wants to govern economically, the Greens named climate protection, the fight against child poverty and more transparency as their most important points.
Finding an agreement was not easy, says Sebastian Kurz during a speech on Wednesday. However, it was possible to reconcile the core concerns of the two parties.
The ÖVP emerged from the parliamentary election at the end of September with 37.5 percent and the Greens with 13.9 percent of the votes as the big winners. In terms of content, however, the two parties were sometimes far apart. (SDA / HI)