Extract from the replies of the Austrian Parliament to the questionnaire for the 13th Bi-annual Report of COSAC (May 2010):
2. ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY
2a. Please specify the Parliamentary bodies in charge of ensuring such compliance.
This is not yet specified in the bill. The Main Committee, its Permanent Subcommittee on EU-affairs or the Plenary (the possibility of the committee deciding to pass on an EU initiative to the plenary instead of deciding on it itself existed previously) or (new) another standing committee (of the Nationalrat and the Bundesrat) might cover subsidiarity issues in the future.
2b. Briefly describe the procedures involved.
According to Art. 23g of the motion both the Nationalrat and the Bundesrat can issue a reasoned statement why a draft legislative act within the EU is or is not not in compliance with the principle of subsidiarity. To this end both chambers (via their competent committee, see under 2a) may ask the responsible member of government to give an opinion on subsidiarity within 2 weeks.
2c. Briefly describe the procedures for the participation of regional parliaments, if applicable.
According to Art. 23g par. 3 of the draft bill the Bundesrat has to inform all provincial diets ("Landtage") on draft legislative proposals (in context with subsidiarity) and invite them to present an opinion.