After years of discussion, the time has finally come: the GIS-Aus is coming, and instead, there will now be a household levy. The coalition is in agreement.
The end of the GIS fee was already considered decided, but negotiations between the ÖVP and the Greens on the concrete design of the new budget levy were still going on until the very end.
Instead of the GIS, the household tax will now be fixed. It must be paid by all four million households, regardless of whether they consume ORF or not.
The new levy per household is to be more favourable than the GIS was before. Currently, ORF receives 18.59 euros per month and household. In the run-up to the new regulation, around 16.50 euros per household were expected.
The new financing of Austria’s largest broadcaster became necessary because of a ruling by the Constitutional Court. In mid-2022, he had ruled that the with its exception for streaming use is unconstitutional – so it was repealed at the end of 2023.
Likewise, legal streaming and social media restrictions have haunted ORF for years. In the future, it should be possible for ORF to make streaming content available for longer than seven days.
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