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Pirate Party of Austria

Pirate Party of Austria
Leader Marcus Hohenecker, Florian Lammer, Nora Walchshofer, Erwin Ernst Steinahmmer and Harald Bauer
Secretary-General Bernhard Bösch, Peter Grassberger, Michael Himmelbauer, Florian Hirt and Thomas Böhm
Founded July 2006
Membership 5000,
Ideology Pirate politics
Political position Centre-left to Left-wing
International affiliation Pirate Parties International
Colours Purple
Politics of Austria
Political parties

The Pirate Party of Austria (German: Piratenpartei Österreichs, PIRAT) is a political party in Austria and part of the global Pirate Party movement which fights for freedom of information and the protection of privacy.

It is mostly known for opposing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.[1]

The party was founded by Florian Hufsky and Jürgen 'Juxi' Leitner during the run-up to the 2006 election in Austria,[2] but failed to gather the necessary signatures to contest the election.

On 14 March 2010, the PPÖ ran for municipal elections for its first time in the city of Bregenz and received 1.62% votes, but not enough for a seat.[3]

Christopher Clay, Marlies Wawra, Rodrigo Jorquera, Lukas Daniel Klausner and André Igler have been elected on 28 October 2012 to board members in the General Assembly of the Pirate Party Austria.[4] Albert Gugerell has been elected as treasurer.[5][6]

In January Alexander Ofer, former member of the Tyrolean State Pirate Party, was expelled together with all state party members. After Ofers entering of the city council the Pirate Party announced to come up to the Pirate Party Tyrol (Ofers new party he had founded before getting expelled. They successfully ran for a post in the city of Innsbruck). But Ofer said "Wir wollen mit der Piratenpartei Österreichs nichts zu tun haben, das sind Pfuscher." ("We don't want to have anything to do with the Pirate Party of Austria , they are botchers").[7]

In 2012 the social-liberal daily newspaper Der Standard stated that the Pirates could be a competitor against The Greens and the Freedom Party, and could become also the new Liberal Forum, with the Pirate Party Austria is heading for National Assembly in 2013 and EU Elections in 2014.[8]

In municipal elections in Graz on 25 November 2012, the Pirates gained 2.68% of the vote and one seat.[9]

On 4 March 2014 Salzburg Piratenpartei started a whistleblowing initiative; at the base of the initiative is the use of the GlobaLeaks software that enables anonymous whistleblowing.[10]

External links

  • Official website


  1. ^ [1], of Vienna Pirate Party.
  2. ^ Article, Futurezone, 19.09.2006, (German)
  3. ^ Gemeindewahl 2010, website of Bregenz.
  4. ^ Homepage, Boardmembers
  5. ^ Homepage, treasurer
  6. ^ [2], DerStandard 28. Oktober 2012, Österreichs Piraten wählten neuen Bundesvorstand und Geschäftsführung
  7. ^ 16.04.2012
  8. ^ , 30.03.2012
  9. ^
  10. ^ Bauer, Wolfgang. Salzburger-Piratenpartei "Salzburg wird dank der Salzburger Piratenpartei (daten-)sicherer!". Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
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