response on the part of political decision makers to
the situation in the Museumsquartier has mostly been
one of indifference, ignorance or passivity. Above all,
there has been no readiness on the part of the Austrian
Federal Government, majority proprietor of the Museumsquartier,
to express a clear political will in favour of a critical
cultural production in the Museumsquartier and to put
the necessary structures into place.
to now, a willingness to negotiate has been signalled
only by the City of Vienna, which, in a city council
meeting in June 2000, moved for the continued residence
of Public Netbase t0 in the Museums Quarter. Moreover,
the Vienna municipal authorities acknowledged the cultural
importance of Public Netbase t0 by indicating willingness
to step in with additional financial support should
Public Netbase's existence be in danger.
on the part of the federal ÖVP organisation, and
its leader Wolfgang Schüssel, to influence the
autonomous Vienna subsidiary out of consideration for
the FPÖ have failed. The result is that a majority
of Social Democrats, Greens, and Liberals capable of
ensuring the continued existence of Public Netbase t0
at least until the end of 2000 has been able to form
in the city parliament.