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Financing of Religious Communities

It has to be noted that taxpayers may assign up to 1% of their income tax to registered religious communities (as well as to NGOs, political parties and representative trade unions). The state financially supports schools and kindergartens, established by religious communities (in fact, by the Catholic Church), not on the basis of the religion, but because they are private. The state is also contributing funds for the protection of cultural heritage. Prevalent amount of this heritage belongs to religious communities (mainly to the Catholic Church), but it is still financed as cultural heritage and not as religion.
The process of a return of property of religious communities (predominantly property of the Catholic Church), nationalised by the former socialist state, is concluded, though some of the most complicated cases are still pending.

D 22 June 2021    AGregor Lesjak

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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