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Vienna, 13.05.2019 Transparency Database: Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburg sign up Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburg will in future report all subsidies to the Transparency Database

Vienna (OTS) – Austrian Finance Minister Hartwig Löger, along with Günther Platter, Governor of Tyrol, Markus Wallner, Governor of Vorarlberg, and Wilfried Haslauer, Governor of Salzburg, today announced at a press conference that Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburg will all join in the Transparency Database. This means that these three Austrian provinces will continue to report all their subsidies and, in future, also their social security benefits, to the Transparency Database. In 2017, the volume of state subsidies was over EUR 17.7 billion, equivalent to 4.8% of Austrian economic output. Despite such a high level of expenditure, the identity of recipients is unknown in the case of 50% of subsidies granted.

"The Austrian federal government has made a commitment to the citizens of Austria to use their tax money prudently. However, in order to do this, full transparency is required. For this reason, I am all the more delighted that today we have produced an agreement with Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburg on matters of transparency, since only in this way can we ensure prudent use of tax money. I will continue to seek a discussion with other provincial governors. My objective is to achieve Austria-wide implementation of the Transparency Database. I am optimistic that further Austrian provinces will follow," declared Finance Minister Hartwig Löger .

At the press conference, Governor of Tyrol Günther Platter, made clear: "The greatest possible transparency has always been particularly important to us. For this reason, back in 2013, through the Tyrol Subsidy Transparency Act, the basis was created under regional statute to publish on the province's website all subsidies and loans over EUR 2,000 granted by the province.  For us, it was always clear that data needs to be interconnected across Austria as soon as a practicable solution exists to achieve this. Up to this point we have already achieved a ranking in the upper third of provinces in terms of our reporting procedures. In future, Tyrol will report all subsidies to the federal government Transparency Database."

"Based on a government decision, at the beginning of 2018 the province of Vorarlberg began the process of successively inputting all data into the database. Accordingly, last year alone, 105,000 datasets having a total volume of EUR 77 million were logged into the system. In order to ensure the best-possible use of tax money and in order to increase transparency, we are committed to reporting all subsidies," declared Markus Wallner, Governor of Vorarlberg.

According to Wilfried Haslauer, Governor of Salzburg, "The political standard we have set ourselves is a high level of user-friendliness with the increasing transparency which that brings. Thus, within the Salzburg provincial government, we have defined over 300 coalition aims and published their status. One of these aims is to proceed swiftly with entry of data into the Transparency Database so as to achieve completion by the end of 2020, thereby significantly improving user-friendliness as well as information content for Austrian citizens. Today, through our pledge to achieve full inputting of data into the Transparency Database, we are sending an important signal pointing to the cooperation between the Austrian federal government and provinces."