According to the government’s decision, this year’s culture award goes to director Hubert Sauper, who was born in 1966 and grew up in Döllach in the community of Großkirchheim. In addition, funds for debt counseling were increased at the meeting.

On Tuesday the government awarded the state’s culture prize, three appreciation prizes, eight advancement prizes and one recognition prize based on the proposal of the advisory boards of the Carinthian cultural committee. The total endowment is 66,300 euros. “With the Culture Prize for Hubert Sauper, the State of Carinthia honors a filmmaker whose works develop international charisma and are successful with both critics and audiences”, said Governor Peter Kaiser (SPÖ).

Culture award for director Sauper

According to the government’s decision, this year’s culture award goes to director Hubert Sauper. Sauper was born in 1966 in Döllach in the community of Großkirchheim and grew up there. He is one of the internationally renowned film directors.

Sauper studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and Paris. His film “Darwin’s Nightmare” was nominated for an Oscar in the category “Best Documentary” in 2006 and was awarded the European Film Prize and a French César. He was also awarded in Venice, Sydney and Vienna (Austrian Film Prize).

One million euros for debt counseling

In the previous year, debt counseling in Carinthia recorded a total of 614 applications, 478 of which were pending in court, of which most (447) were accompanied by a debt settlement procedure in court. In 2019 there were still 762 applications.

For the year 2022, however, the experts are expecting a strong and very clear increase in applications. For this year, the financing of the Carinthian debt counseling service has been increased to around one million euros, which corresponds to an increase of 2.5 percent, said social officer Beate Prettner (SPÖ) after the government meeting. The Carinthian debt counseling service has locations in Klagenfurt and Villach with a total of 17 employees.

Almost 180,000 euros for nature conservation compensation

The contractual nature conservation compensation to the landowners in the Nockberge Biosphere Park was 177,000 euros, according to the activity report for 2020. The compensation was paid to 210 contractual partners with 387 contracts. With this compensation, the safeguarding of the protection goal is guaranteed.

An amendment to the Carinthian Electricity Industry and Organization Act (K-ElWOG) was passed by the government and passed on to the Carinthian Landtag. It should be easier to obtain a permit for a plant for the generation of renewable energy. Among other things, a single point of contact was created to provide rapid assistance with procedures.

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