The governing parties ÖVP and SPÖ will wave the new ORF state levy, which is intended to benefit sports and culture, through the state parliament on Tuesday. However, the NEOS want to thwart the coalition’s plans – and undo the law at the last minute with a special piece.
“A legal opinion concludes that the levy is unconstitutional,” club chairman Niko Swatek explains. They are now looking for MPs from other (opposition) parties to vote on the pink motion, so that the law can be submitted to the Constitutional Court for review. The votes of at least 16 elected representatives are necessary.
“We have been calling for an end to the state tax for a long time. An additional annual burden of 30 million euros due to an unconstitutional law is unreasonable!” says Swatek.
If the Court also rules that it is unconstitutional, this could cause a chain reaction beyond the borders of Styria and overturn the law in Carinthia, Burgenland or Tyrol, according to NEOS.
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