Founding a Parliamentary Group
The minimum number of Members required to form a parliamentary group is five. In theory it is also possible for Members from different campaigning parties to form a parliamentary group, but only with the approval of a majority of the National Council. The President of the National Council has to be informed without delay whenever a parliamentary group is formed and whenever any changes occur in its composition.
Up to the end of the 24th legislative period (29 October 2013) new parliamentary groups could be formed at any time, which actually occurred twice: in the case of the Liberal Forum in 1993 and of the Team Stronach in 2012. On account of an amendment of the Rules of Procedure of the National Council new parliamentary groups can now only be formed at the beginning of a new legislative period. To be exact, Members may do so during a period of one month from the first sitting of the newly elected National Council. Members of one and the same contending party can only form one single group. Should members of one and the same contending party actually form several groups, only the one with the largest number of members can be recognised as a parliamentary group.