The Austrian Government may grant citizenship by speed. The award "in the special interest of the Republic" benefits, among others, celebrities from business, sports, science and culture.
However, because there was a constant suspicion of corruption in the past, the past government has publicly announced the naturalizations and names of the naturalized citizens in the Council of Ministers. The turquoise-blue government is abolishing this public name again, reports the research portal "Addendum".
Data protection prohibits entries
At the Council of Ministers after the summer break, the new government will vote for the first time on urgent naturalizations. The number of naturalized citizens is announced, but their names are not mentioned, according to the Ministry of Interior of Herbert Kickl (FPÖ). The reason given is the changed data protection legislation.
The predecessor government of the SPÖ and the ÖVP has twice published names of successful citizenship candidates in the supplements to the respective minutes of the Council of Ministers. On May 3, 2017, the ceremony was announced to twelve people – including several scientists, artists, athletes and a honorary consul.
After the Nationalrat election, on 22 November 2017, the outgoing Federal Government then decided in favor of 13 other applicants – such as opera star Cecilia Bartoli, author Ulrich Brée and journalist Mark Perry.
Awarded 303 nationalities from 2006 to 2017  In previous years, individual names were only officially named in exceptional cases. From 2006 to 2017, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, a total of 303 naturalizations were carried out in the special interest of the Republic, in which the applicants were based in Austria. However, because more transparency was repeatedly demanded in the award, the previous government decided to make all names public.
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