Multitude of Opinions
The existence of a large number of different political parties is a hallmark of democracy and their importance is due to the role they play in the political decision-making process.
The legal basis for the founding of political parties is the Political Parties Act of 2012. In Austria political parties may be formed freely and the procedure is relatively simple. Groups may found political parties as long as they keep within the limits of constitutional law (cf. the prohibition of National Socialist organisations). The only condition these groups have to meet is that they adopt statutes which are published on the internet. These statutes must be deposited with the Federal Ministry of the Interior in order for the group to be endowed with legal personality.