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Austria

On 27 July 2010 the Federal Constitution of Austria was amended to reflect the changes brought about by the Treaty of Lisbon. The new provisions came into force on 1 August 2010. The Rules of Procedures of the Nationalrat and of the Bundesrat were changed in December 2011 (in force since 1 January 2012). At the same time, a new EU Information Law was passed.

  

Nationalrat

 

Main Committee on EU Affairs
(Hauptausschuss in Angelegenheiten der EU)

The legal base is Article 23e-23k of the Austrian Federal Constitution. It is further elaborated in §§ 31b-31e of the Rules of Procedure of the Nationalrat.

Composition: The Main Committee on EU Affairs has
26 Members, while the Permanent Subcommittee on EU Affairs has 16 Members.

The Main Committee on EU Affairs was first established in 1995, its Permanent Subcommittee on European Affairs was established in 2000. The Main Committee is primarily responsible for considering the position of the Austrian Government prior to meetings of the Council of the European Union. In addition, the Main Committee or its Permanent Subcommittee may issue communications to the EU institutions (in particular, within the political dialogue with the European Commission) and issue reasoned opinions regarding the principle of subsidiarity.

For more information on the Main Committee on EU Affairs click
here.

 

Bundesrat

 

EU-Committee

(EU-Ausschuss)

Legal base: The legal base is Article 23e-23k of the Austrian Federal Constitution. It is further elaborated in §§ 13a - 13b of the Rules of Procedure of the Bundesrat.

Composition:
14 Members.

The EU-Committee of the Bundesrat was first established in 1996. The purpose of the EU-Committee is to safeguard the right of the Bundesrat to play a role in European Union matters. The EU-Committee may issue communications to the EU institutions (in particular within the political dialogue with the Commission) and issue reasoned opinions regarding the principle of subsidiarity.