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Valorisation of Amounts

Section 14 par. 2 Political Parties Act assigns the Austrian Court of Audit the task of the valorisation of the expenditure limits for campaign expenses as well as the disclosure obligations for donations. In section 14, the Political Parties Act prescribes a regulation on valorisation entering into force in 2015. 

Starting point for the valorisation in 2016 is the change of the consumer price index (CPI) 2010 of the year 2015 compared to the year 2013. The adjustment of amounts only takes place when the CPI 2010 increases more than 5%.

As the Federal Institute “Statistik Austria” (Statistics Austria) informed on 25 February 2016, an increase of 2,8% of the value of the CPI 2010 for the year 2015 compared to the year 2013 was detected.

The threshold of 5% that is prescribed by law and according to which a valorisation of the limits must take place has not been exceeded. Therefore, for the time being, the below mentioned amounts according to the Political Parties Act remain unchanged.

The following amounts are valid for the year 2016:

Limit for campaign expenses: 7 Mio. EUR (section 4 par. 1 Political Parties Act)

Expenses of a candidate for election campaigning adjusted to his or her personal campaign (not taken into account in the above-mentioned limit): 15,000 EUR (section 4 par. 1 Political Parties Act)

Disclosure obligation for donations, indicating names: 3,500 EUR (section 6 par. 4 Political Parties Act)

Obligation to immediately report donations to the ACA: 50,000 EUR (section 6 par. 5 Political Parties Act)

Prohibition of acceptance of donations by foreign persons: 2,500 EUR (section 6 par. 6 no. 6 Political Parties Act)

Prohibition of acceptance of donations in cash: 2,500 EUR (section 6 par. 6 no. 7 Political Parties Act)

Prohibition of acceptance of anonymous donations: 1,000 EUR (section 6 par. 6 no. 8 Political Parties Act)

Prohibition of acceptance of donations forwarded by undisclosed third persons: 1,000 EUR (section 6 par. 6 no. 8 Political Parties Act)