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Response to the Report of the Austrian Court of Audit

20 JAN 2012

published in: General

Wilfried Haslauer, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Heinz Schaden (Photo: Ulla Kalchmair)
After the massive criticism voiced by the Austrian Court of Audit against the framework conditions of the Salzburg Festival, President Helga Rabl-Stadler, Associate Landeshauptmann Wilfried Haslauer as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Mayor Heinz Schaden invited journalists to a press conference today, at which they stated their opinion of the Court of Audit’s report.

Of course the Salzburg Festival Fund accepts the controlling role of the Court of Audit as the taxpayers’ instrument to ensure legal, parsimonious, economic and functional conduct. Every form of auditing offers a chance of improvement and thus higher efficiency to those audited.

Therefore, the Salzburg Festival takes the recommendations of the Court of Audit very seriously, as has been the case in the past. Thus, several recommendations made by the Court of Audit have already been implemented, or are being implemented at the current time.

However, the Salzburg Festival must state its opposition to the following issues:

1) The use of audit criteria that represent a complete break with the Court of Audit’s past practice in conducting audits, and/or are not applicable to the Salzburg Festival Fund in its current legal form of organization.

2) The fact that the legal opinion of the Court of Audit is contradicted by a different, equally well-grounded legal opinion, which holds that the Festival Fund has acted with artistic and economic success during the past decades.

3) The fact that some of these recommendations contradict the time-tested practice of a theatrical institution.

You may find the detailed statements by Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler and Associate Landeshauptmann Wilfried Haslauer in our press area.