Transparency Portal All subsidies online: targeted assistance, efficient administration
The Transparency Portal is designed to provide citizens and businesses comprehensive information on the full range of benefits offered by the Austrian federal and provincial authorities (“Länder”), display subsidies already personally used, list other potential benefits, and process subsidy requests online – in strict compliance with all data protection regulations.
Every year regional authorities and institutions offer billions of Euros for funding. The result, however, was a maze of subsidies that made it difficult for almost everyone to find their way. As a result, the Austrian Court of Audit required that areas of overlap be avoided between the different levels of government, and that a database be set up for subsidies throughout Austria. The new Transparency Portal is a state-of-the-art e-government service providing an efficient subsidy system for use by citizens, businesses and the public administration.
Advantages and benefits
The Transparency Portal provides clearly organized standardized information on all subsidies offered nationwide by the federal and provincial government, benefits already personally received, and detailed information on other potential subsidies. It also allows supporting documentation to be submitted quickly and easily: citizens and businesses can use the portal to create a legally valid, electronically signed extract for the use in applying for subsidies.
The Transparency Portal allows administrative authorities to better manage the benefits they offer, and to process applications more quickly and efficiently.
For politicians, transparency provides a better overview of the benefits being offered, and therefore enables better decision-making when developing subsidy strategies.