Establish English as the second official language
Austria suffers from an alarming shortage of skilled labor force: 87% of the companies surveyed, stated that they have already experienced a shortage of qualified workers. In order not to lose out in global competition, many startups and companies extended their search for employees beyond the Austrian borders. As a consequence, a large number of companies have already established English as their primary company language, a fact that makes the on-boarding and integration processes of international employees way more easy and smooth. However, this has not yet arrived in public administration. Even in 2020, administrative forms such as the application form for the Red-White-Red card, are provided exclusively in the German language, something that poses immense bureaucratic hurdles. The insistence on German as the only official language is not only one of the biggest obstacles from an economic point of view, but it also hints “narrow-mindedness” towards the international tech-community.
Our concrete recommendation:
English should be established as second official language. This would simplify administrative procedures, would speed up processes and would convey openness towards qualified specialists and founders. Such a flagship project not only creates an immense competitive advantage and enormous economic potential, but also offers to Austria the opportunity to become a pioneer and decisively shape the European future and identity – Austria would present itself as a cosmopolitan, innovative and, above all, international location and therefore would function as a much respected role model at the heart of Europe.