The dispute between the savings group and the Green Deputy Governor Heinrich Schellhorn about the expansion of the Europark shopping center in the city of Salzburg could soon begin with the judiciary.
After Schellhorn persisted in saying no to the desired expansion of the shopping mile, although Spar sees a legal claim, the group has now reported to the politicians for abuse of office.
accusation of arbitrariness
Marcus Wild, CEO of Spar AG, confirmed to APA a corresponding press release by the Greens on Saturday. According to an online report by the “Salzburg news“and”Crown newspaper” the leader of the Greens also informed his supporters at the state assembly of the Greens in Mozart’s city today, Saturday, that he had received a letter from the public prosecutor’s office. “Now they accuse me of arbitrariness and abuse of office,” quote the “Salzburger Nachrichten”. The politician informed the Greens boss that he would still stick to his no to the expansion of the shopping center.
The Salzburg public prosecutor’s office could not be reached for a statement by the APA. The head of the Salzburg public prosecutor’s office, Barbara Fischer, confirmed Schellhorn’s statements to the “Salzburger Nachrichten”. Investigations have not yet been initiated. “The notification has been received and will be reviewed.”
What is Europa Park?
The Europark, which currently has an area of 50,700 square meters, is the flagship of the SES Spar Shopping Center. In the “sales per square meter” benchmark, the Salzburg consumer temple is among the best in Europe. The Spar subsidiary has been expanding the sales area there for a good ten years. In 2015, however, the state government unanimously rejected the expansion plans for all of the state’s large shopping centers. The LHStv responsible at the time. Astrid Rössler (Greens) had also convinced her ÖVP colleagues in the government that the expansion would result in an enormous loss of purchasing power far beyond the city limits of Salzburg.
Europark did not accept this and submitted another application for an extension of 14,000 square meters, which, according to SES, contains all the necessary – and positive – reports. In December 2021, the veto of the Greens and the lack of a reliable unanimity principle again bit on granite.