Opposition parties unhappy about election funding rules

Democratic Left (DIMAR) joined SYRIZA on Saturday in criticizing a government decision that will see New Democracy and PASOK get the majority of state funding for the European Parliament election campaigns.

The Interior Ministry decided that 50 percent of the funding should be allocated according to the share of the vote that parties gained in the 2009 European vote and only 10 percent based on the last general elections in June 2012.

This means that New Democracy will receive a rough total of 1.44 million euros, PASOK 1.38 million, SYRIZA 377,000, KKE 349,000, LAOS 270,000, the Ecologist Greens 131,000, Independent Greeks 55,000 and DIMAR just 54,000 euros.

The remaining share of the 7 million euros of total funding will be handed out after the May 25 results are known and based on each party’s share of the vote.

Golden Dawn has been barred from receiving public money until its leadership has been tried.