Pirate Party of Austria
Piratenpartei Österreichs
LeaderCosma Tieber, Gerald Kainz and Harald Bauer
Secretary-GeneralAndreas Marek, Roland Schneider
FoundedJuly 2006
IdeologyPirate politics
Social liberalism
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationEuropa Anders (for the EU election of 2014)
European affiliationEuropean Pirate Party
International affiliationPirate Parties International
Colours  Purple,   black and   white

The Pirate Party of Austria (German: Piratenpartei Österreichs, PIRAT) is a political party in Austria and part of the global Pirate Party movement which advocates what has come to be known as Pirate politics. 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% of the vote, however failed to win any seats.[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 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]


  1. ^ [1] Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine, of Vienna Pirate Party.
  2. ^ Article, Futurezone, 19.09.2006, (German)
  3. ^ Gemeindewahl 2010, website of Bregenz.
  4. ^ Homepage, Boardmembers[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Homepage, treasurer[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ [2], DerStandard 28. Oktober 2012, Österreichs Piraten wählten neuen Bundesvorstand und Geschäftsführung
  7. ^ 16.04.2012
  8. ^ ,derstandard.at 30.03.2012
  9. ^ "DerStandard.at".
  10. ^ Bauer, Wolfgang. "Salzburg wird dank der Salzburger Piratenpartei (daten-)sicherer!". salzburger-piratenpartei.at. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.