The Austrian government’s planned aid budget cuts of euro80 million (USD103 million) through 2014 are “deadly,” non-governmental organizations and charities warn.
“The cuts are unfair, socially unbalanced and deadly,” Caritas Austria official Christoph Petrik-Schweifer noted, saying reductions in Austrian aid will compromise the nutrition of at least 900,000 people.
Andrea Wagner-Hager of CARE Austria said, “The measures will not only be literally deadly for people in southern countries, but also harm Austria’s reputation in the world.”
Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer has said he is “deeply hurt” by the decision to decrease aid contributions but stressed that the “government is in a difficult position,” Austrian Independent reports.
As reported by Devex, the Austrian government intends to complete ongoing development projects and programs as scheduled despite plans to cut its aid budget.