orders revoked - Preliminary compromise reached
between Public Netbase and MQ management
After five hours of negotiations between Public Netbase
and the MQ management on July 30, a binding agreement
was finally reached. This was largely due to Public
Netbases willingness to compromise. The talks
were moderated by Günter Düriegl, the citys
authorized representative for the MQ management. MQ
manager Wolfgang Waldner was accompanied by Vitus Weh,
a Quartier 21 committee member.
The participants tried to come up with sensible solutions
for the three most pressing matters at hand that had
always been emphasized as such by the Institute.
As far as upcoming costs for the Institute are concerned,
especially the still not specified running and management
costs, Hofrat Düriegl made it known that the city
of Vienna is ready to negotiate these costs and to cover
them if necessary.
All those present consented that organizational and
economic reasons made it necessary to extend the term
of lease in further negotiations to a period of at least
After Hofrat Düriegl had strongly appealed to
Public Netbase to agree to reducing their new premises
to less than half of the planned size, its representatives
assented. Thereupon, the MQ management promised the
Institute a surface of about 300m² in the Fischer-von-Erlach-Trakt,
since the numerous public events absolutely require
easily accessible room outside of office space. However,
the MQ management has still made no commitment as to
the whereabouts of the event space.
To avoid escalation, it was agreed that the MQ management
would revoke eviction orders if Public Netbase left
the premises and turned in the keys of its current MQ
office until August 17. Both sides reached a consensus
about not removing Public Netbases tent from the
Staatsratshof of the MQ.
Public Netbase's director Konrad Becker about the results
of the negotiations: "This is of course no overwhelming
success, but it was important to us to show the public
our openness for dialogue. We are however ready to resort
to the fiercest democratic measures of protest to ensure
the keeping to these obligations."