Investment Opportunities in Austria

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Austria
Visit the UNCTAD website.
International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
Austria is not involved in any investment dispute.
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICSID , International Center for settlement of Investment Disputes
ICCWBO , International Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Austria OECD United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 3.0 6.0 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 5.0 5.2 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 4.0 6.8 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 4.0 6.0 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
A majority holding interest in the capital of a local company is legal in Austria.
Obligation to Declare
In order to be able to run a company in Austria, professional ability proofs are required in nearly all activities, listed in a regulatory test: Gewerbeordnung, reconducted by the law n°194 of 1994.
Competent Organization For the Declaration
Federal Competition Authority (FCA)
Requests For Specific Authorizations
Licenses are required in sectors like banking and insurance. Moreover, the federal and state governments maintain at least a 51% share in all electricity generation and supply companies.
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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

Possible Temporary Solutions
Ready to move office spaces (on rent) are available in the country. They offer complete infrastructure to start business operations.
The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Risk of Expropriation
It happens very rarely. However, the concerned party is fairly compensated.

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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Easy access to capital market, corporate tax cut, special tax incentives are available for R&D. Austria offers financial and tax incentives within EU parameters to firms undertaking projects in economically depressed and underdeveloped areas on Austria’s eastern and southern borders.
Privileged Domains
Research and Development, Infrastructure building (expanding and improving the road, rail, energy and telecom infrastructures), and sectors helping in creation of jobs.
Privileged Geographical Zones
Research and Development, Infrastructure building (expanding and improving the road, rail, energy and telecom infrastructures), and sectors helping in creation of jobs.
Free Zones
Austria does not have any such free zones.
Organizations Which Finance
Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) is the government’s “one-stop shop” institution providing financial help.

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Food and Drink industry, Mechanical and Steel Engineering, Chemical and automotive industry, Wood pulp and paper industry.
High Potential Sectors
Wine, multifunctional security solutions and security software, e-commerce.
Privatization Programs
Energy and Telecom sector
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Austria
Ted - Tenders Electronic daily, Business opportunities in EU 27
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Sectors in Decline
Agriculture sector.

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