On January 2006, the Austrian Council of Ministers decided to privatise a total of 49% of the Austrian Post via the stock exchange. This decision was the result of a long and well-considered process involving an optimum preparation of the Post Office. In the previous year the Post Office was investigated in detail by a well-known investment bank with its respect to its capital market capacity, and the result was more than satisfactory. According to the experts the Post Office is ready for the stock exchange! This finding also convinced the OIAG and the Finance Minister, and as a result the decision to launch the Post Office on the stock exchange was simply a matter of time.