Eligibility to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament

All men and women who meet the following conditions are eligible to stand as an Austrian candidate in elections to the European Parliament:

  • those who have Austrian citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 18 by the day of the election,
  • have not been convicted by final and binding judgment of a domestic court in respect of one or more judicially punishable premeditated offences to an unconditionally reduced custodial sentence of more than 6 months or to a conditionally reduced custodial sentence of more than 1 year,
  • and are listed in the European electoral register on the date of election

and all men and women:

  • who are EU citizens whose primary residence is located in Austria,
  • have reached the age of 18 by the day of the election,
  • have not lost their right to be elected in their Member State of origin.
  • have not been convicted by final and binding judgment of a domestic court in respect of one or more judicially punishable premeditated offences to an unconditionally reduced custodial sentence of more than 6 months or to a conditionally reduced custodial sentence of more than 1 year,
  • are listed in the European electoral registe rof an Austrian municipality on the date of election.

In order to stand as a candidate for elections to the European Parliament, you must have submitted a nomination to the Federal Electoral Authority. That nomination must either be signed by at least three members of the national parliament or by an Austrian Member of the European Parliament or must contain 2 600 supporting declarations made by citizens who are eligible to vote in elections to the European Parliament. Each party participating in the election must submit its nomination to the Federal Electoral Authority at the latest by 17.00 on the 44th day before the day of the election.

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Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 8 February 2021

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of the Interior

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