LAST UPDATE: 23.11.2017; 14:03

How to use the EU database (EU-Datenbank)

The Austrian Parliament's EU database has existed since Austria's accession to the EU. In this guide you will find information about which documents are available in the database and how you can search for them.

Please note that the database is only available in German.

The EU database of the Austrian Parliament

The EU database was created in 1995/1996 following Austria's accession to the European Union. In 2012, the database was enshrined in law, expanded and made available to the public, as part of the EU Information Act 2012.

The EU database is an important tool which enables the Austrian Parliament to exercise its constitutinally enshrined rights of participation in the European Union. It meets the requirements of the parliamentary groups and the general public, serving as a working tool and providing them with the information they require.

The EU database is the only one of its kind in Austria. The database contains EU documents, documents related to Austrian institutions and documents which relate to the negotiations of the EU committees in the Austrian National Council ("Nationalrat") and Federal Council ("Bundesrat"). Collecting these documents together in a dynamic database enables the EU negotiating process (which includes a number of EU and national bodies) to be set out in a comprehensible way.

The EU database is user-friendly and up-to-date: documents in the EU database are organized according to specific criteria, which can be used to search the database.

Which documents are available in the database

The following documents from the European Council, the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament are generally submitted electronically, directly to the Austrian Parliament's EU database:

  • Legislative and non-legislative proposals, draft decisions and recommendations
  • Agendas
  • Press releases
  • European Parliament resolutions
  • Green and White Papers
  • Opinions from national parliaments
  • Minutes of Council Meetings

Austrian Government Departments and the Austrian Permanent Representation to the European Union submit the following documents electronically to the Austrian Parliament EU database:

  • Reports on meetings with EU bodies, including Council working groups and other preparatory bodies
  • Other relevant EU documents, such as meeting documents, European Court of Justice (ECJ) documents, and written information for the EU committees of the Austrian National Council and the Federal Council

Official documents from the European Council and the Council of the EU have also been included in the database since 2012 (Delegates Portal).

Search the EU database

You can search the EU database using one of the following criteria:

  • The date document was received
  • Subsidiarity deadlines
  • Meeting dates of EU bodies
  • Meeting dates of the Austrian Parliament's EU Committees
  • Themes
  • Document identification number

Clicking on the link in the "Betreff" ("subject") column brings you to the overview page of the document in question. This page sets out other information relevant to the document, such as:

  • what project the document relates to
  • the date it was submitted, and which body transmitted it
  • what stage in the project the document relates to, and what updated documents are in the database
  • developments in parliamentary scrutiny of the document in the National and Federal Council and
  • other relevant documents in the database.

On the overview page you will also find the subsidiarity deadline for the document (where one exists) as well as links to EU databases such as EUR-Lex and IPEX.

Most of the documents are accessible to the public. Some documents are either confidential or carry certain limitations on publication. In relation to these documents, special access rules, governed by the Information Rules Act apply. For documents classified as LIMITED or as RESTRICTED, only the summary page is displayed in the database. Documents classified as CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET or TOP SECRET are only available to a restricted group of people, in paper form, at the database Registry.

How are documents entered into the EU database?

About 200 documents are added to the database every day. The documents submitted by the European Council, the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament and those sent by the Government departments are electronically transferred to the EU database and provided with a running internal parliamentary EU number. The title of the document, previous documents and other references are manually entered. This Information is all made available on the Austrian Parliament's website the next day.

Documents from the Council of the EU (Delegates Portal) database, including metadata, are transferred to the database automatically and are available shortly after receipt.

Questions about the EU database of the Austrian Parliament should be directed to:

registratur-eudatenbank@parlament.gv.at