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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeNo
  • CommentHowever, donations from foreign natural or legal persons must not exceed ?2,500.
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2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeNo
  • CommentPolitical parties and candidates must not accept donations from foreign natural or legal persons, if the donation exceeds EUR 2,500.
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3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes, above certain threshold
  • CommentAnonymous donations may not exceed ?1,000.Parties must disclose the identity of donors that are subsidizing the party for more than 3500 ?.
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8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes, above certain threshold
  • Comment? 1000
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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeNo data
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14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeNo
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15. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
  • CodeNo
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17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
  • CodeNo
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19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?

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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeYes, regularly
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    Political parties receive annual public financing (which can be used for both regular party activities and campaign activities)

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29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeRepresentation in elected body | Share of votes in previous election | Share of seats in previous election
  • CommentParties that have obtained at least 1% of the votes are eligible for public funding. Parties that are represented in the National Council receive additional funding, and even more if they have at least five parliamentary seats.
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeEqual | Proportional to votes received | Flat rate by votes received
  • CommentNon-parliamentary parties receive a flat rate for each vote won [?2.5/vote). For parliamentary parties, the total funding (?4.6/eligible voter) is divided proportionally by votes won after deduction of ?218,000 for each party with at least five parliamentary seats (this amount is then given equally to each such party).
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeNo
  • CommentThe funding should assist parties to participate in 'the formation of political will', but no specific ear marking.
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32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNo
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNot applicable
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34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeNo
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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentFunding provided to party affiliated institutes. ?
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36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNo
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37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeNo
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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeNo data
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39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentLimits on campaign expenses exist.
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40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code 7 million euros
  • Comment7 million euros per party and campaign regarding elections for a general representative body and the European parliament. Same rules should apply for presidential elections. If the same list of candidates is supported by two or more political parties, the maximum amount shall apply to the aggregated expenses of those parties.
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41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentThe total campaign expenditure limit of political parties is 7 million euro. In this, all individual candidates' campaign expenditures are included, which means that the theoretical spending limit of a candidate is 7 million euro. If, however, a candidate spends 15,000 euros or less, this will not count toward the party's limit.
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code In theory €7 million, if no other candidate of the party, nor the party, spends any funding.
  • Comment

    The total campaign expenditure limit of political parties is 7 million euro. In this, all individual candidates' campaign expenditures are included, which means that the theoretical spending limit of a candidate is 7 million euro. If, however, a candidate spends 15,000 euros or less, this will not count toward the party's limit.

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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?

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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentPolitical parties must submit annual reports.
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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentIndividual candidates have to report on their finance, and these are to be stated in the statement of accounts of the campaigning party.
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50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentPolitical parties have to publish financial statement on their websites.
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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeSometimes
  • CommentIdentity of donors giving more than ? 3,500 [I$ 4,300] in a calendar year must be identified with name and address. Donations exceeding ?50,000 [I$61,300] must be immediately reported and published, including name and address of donor.
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53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeAuditing agency
  • CommentThe Court of Audit receives reports from political parties. These reports contain parties' consolidated financial statements, which put together financial reports from both the federal level and the sub-federal levels of the party.
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56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeAuditing agency
  • CommentCourt of Audit
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57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Forfeiture
  • CommentFines of up to ?20,000 [I$24,500] and forfeiture of prohibited donations.
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