Since spring 2020, non-profit organizations have been able to apply for funds from Kogler’s “Non-Profit Organizations Support Fund” to get through the corona crisis better. Parties and their sub-organizations are actually excluded from this pot, but several organizations close to the party, especially ÖVP, have benefited from it, as revealed by a request from NEOS. Kogler then announced in-depth tests with Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (AWS), which is handling the transaction, some of which have now been completed.
The subsidies to the organizations of the Tyrolean “Jungbauernschaft/Landjugend” have been checked for the most part. In the course of this examination, 120 local and district associations of the Tyrolean “Jungbauernschaft/Landjugend” submitted identical statements and documents, which show that they are attributable to the Tyrolean Farmers’ Association and thus qualify as a sub-organization within the meaning of the party law, it said Kogler’s department. “In particular, these associations describe themselves as branch associations of the main association Tiroler Bauernbund, which according to its own description as well as according to the statutes of the ÖVP Tirol is a sub-organization of the ÖVP Tirol.” The sub-associations would also be prescribed essential elements of their statutes. The subsidies from the NPO fund totaling EUR 816,752.15 are therefore being reclaimed from these 120 sub-associations.
Three other associations of the Tyrolean “Jungbauernschaft/Landjugend”, which may also be attributable to the Tyrolean Farmers’ Association, had submitted a different statement, which is why further documents had been requested. And eight other associations of the Tyrolean “Jungbauernschaft/Landjugend” have already been reclaimed “due to a lack of feedback, which represents a violation of the contractual obligation to comprehensively participate in controls”, funding of around 57,000 euros, 9000 euros of which have already been received repaid.
The examination of the association “Vorarlberger Jungbauernschaft/Landjugend” has been completed. This association is entitled to claim because it has been explained in a comprehensible manner that after a change in the statutes in 2016 it should not be regarded as a party or part of a party. The examinations of the “Seniors’ Association” state organizations in Upper Austria, Carinthia, Tyrol and Vienna, which had each submitted extensive documents, are still ongoing. The funding amount of almost 25,000 euros was already reclaimed from the Vorarlberg Seniors’ Association in July.