Federal Army: Ministry of Defense is investing again in Vienna

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The Council of Ministers decided to hand over the military part of the “Meidlinger Kaserne”, also known as the Heckenast-Burian command building. As part of the efficient use and development of the site in the area of ​​Vienna planned by the Federal Ministry of Defense, four hectares of the barracks, which are no longer needed for military purposes, are to be sold to Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft mbH (BIG). The employees of the Federal Army were informed of this project in advance and will move to new locations at the end of 2024.

“We want to use the proceeds from our barracks to modernize other locations in Vienna. Our goal of 'Mission Forward' will be consistently pursued and other Federal Army construction projects will be realized. New buildings and large-scale modernizations have been possible in Vienna for more than ten years now. Only with well-equipped infrastructure can we create the basis for a more modern and operational armed forces,” said Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner.

“With Federal Minister Tanner, there is movement in the renewal of military properties in Vienna for the first time in ten years. This year, together with the Defense Minister, we opened the new position road. Our armed forces in Vienna are being modernized and this is an important step for our soldiers and employees,” says the Vienna military commander, Brigadier Kurt Wagner.

A total of 47,7 million euros, which will be made available through this measure, will be incorporated into future infrastructure planning as part of the “Reconstruction Plan 2032” and used to modernize the Federal Army properties. Among other things, investments are being made in the existing areas of Vienna, such as the accommodation buildings in the Maria Theresien barracks, in the modernization of the army hospital in the Van Swieten barracks and in the new construction of the army logistics school in the Vega Payer Weyprecht barracks.

“In this way, we achieve better working and general conditions for Viennese soldiers, civilian employees and, above all, for military service personnel. In the next few years we will also be investing around 200 million euros in the infrastructure in the state of Vienna,” continued Minister Tanner. In the future, the “Meidlinger Kaserne” area is to be expanded to house the security center of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Ceremonial handover of the newly constructed Vienna Position Commission building (Photo: HBF/ Carina Karlovits).
Ceremonial handover of the newly constructed Vienna Position Commission building (Photo: HBF/ Carina Karlovits).