Friday, 31. October 2014
17. 10. 12. - 12:00
Council officials in Vienna are planning to change the opening hours for the 350 city pharmacies after a pharmacist in the first district won a legal victory for permission to stay open on Saturday afternoon and in the evenings during the week.
The change in the rules is being planned to make sure that the pharmacists have opening times that match other businesses, although the city's health spokeswoman Sonja Wehsely from the social Democrats said it was not planned that pharmacies would be forced to open if they did not want to.
Austria has tough rules governing store opening times and several major retail chains have attempted to have the laws relaxed to allow the example supermarkets or DIY stores to stay open on Sundays or to offer a 24 hour service – all without success.
The move to review pharmacy opening times follows a successful legal challenge by a pharmacist in the first district who like other pharmacists was forced to close at 12 o'clock on Saturday but managed to have the ruling overturned so that the store can stay open all day on Saturday.
The pharmacists lawyer Peter Krüger said it was a clear vote in favour of common sense as the rules governing pharmacies said when they need to be open but did not specify when they should be closed. The ruling also means that the pharmacy can be open after 6 PM on work days.
The proposed rule change will be sent for expert consideration of the legal implications in the next two weeks and then can be debated by councillors.
Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.
Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.
Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.
Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.
Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.
Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home|
|4.3 Million GBP For Sterilised Roma Women|
|Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna|
|Pocketless Suit Fights Corruption|
|Crash Baby Born To Dead Mum Adopted By Uncle And Grandma|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.