LAST UPDATE: 18.02.2016; 11:12

Rules of Procedure of the Austrian Federal Council

Promulgations: BGBl. [Federal Law Gazette] No. 361/1988 as amended by BGBl. No. 191/1989, BGBl. No. 837/1993, BGBl. No. 50/1996, BGBl. I No. 65/1997, BGBl. I No. 84/1999, BGBl. I No. 192/1999, BGBl. I No. 154/2009, BGBl. I No. 27/2010, BGBl. I No. 41/2010, BGBl. I No. 141/2011 and BGBl. I No. 53/2015

I. General Provisions regarding Members of the Federal Council

§ 1
Membership and Right of Vote
§ 2
Swearing-in of Members
§ 3
Expiry of Term of Office, Resignation or Loss of Seat 
§ 4
Attendance Requirements
§ 5
Immunity of Members

II. General Provisions concerning the Organs, Groups and Administration of the Federal Council

§ 6
Presidency
§ 7
President
§ 8
Vice-Presidents
§ 9
Chairpersons ad interim
§ 10
President's Conference
§ 11
Secretaries
§ 12
Whips
§ 13
Committees
§13a
Commitee on EU Affairs
§13b
Committee on EU Affairs
§ 14
Parliamentary Groups
§ 15
Administration

III. General Provisions concerning the Federal Council

§ 16
Items of Business of the Federal Council
§ 17
Immunity from Being Called to Account for Publishing True Accounts of Public Proceedings
§ 18
Copying and Distribution of Documents
§ 19
Referral of Items of Business to Committees
§ 20
Bills (Decisions) Adopted by the National Council
§ 21
Private Members' Motions
§ 21a
Private Members' Motions to bring Action on grounds of Infringement of the Subsidiarity Principle
§ 22
Modification or Withdrawl of Submissions of the Federal Government or its Members
§ 23
Committee Motions
§ 24
Right of Interpellation and Resolution
§ 25
Petitions to the Federal Council
§ 26
Referendum on and Plea of Unconstitutionality of a Federal Law
§ 27
Official Language

IV. Committee Sittings

§ 28
Constituent Meeting and Organs of Committees 
§ 29
Participation of Members of the Federal Government in Committee Proceedings
§ 29a
Participation of the Members of the Ombudsman Board in Committee Deliberations on their Activity Report
§ 30
Participation of Non-members in Committee Deliberations
§ 31
Confidentiality and Secrecy of Committee Deliberations
§ 32
Consideration of Business in the Committees
§ 33
Investigations and Summonses of Experts or other Witnesses
§ 34
Official Records and Summary Records of Committees

V. Sittings of the Federal Council

§ 35
Venue
§ 36
Public Deliberations of the Federal Council and Deliberations in camera
§ 37
Participation of Members of the Federal Government in Deliberations of the Federal Council
§ 37a
Participation of the Members of the Ombudsman Board in Deliberations in the Federal Council on their Activity Report
§ 38
Participation of Provincial Govenors in the Deliberations of the Federal Council
§ 38a
Participation of Personalities of European and International Political Life in the Deliberations of the Federal Council
§ 38b
Participation of Members of the European Parliament elected in Austria in the Deliberations of the Federal Council and Its Committees
§ 39
Convocation of the Federal Council and Drafting of its Agenda
§ 40
Immediate Convocation of the Federal Council
§ 41
Opening of the Sitting and Modification of the Agenda
§ 42
Question Time and Debate on Matters of Topical Interest
§ 43
Motions on or relating to Items of Business 
§ 43a
Motions on a Project under Art. 23e B-VG
§ 44
Deliberations on Items of Business
§ 45
Reporting
§ 46
Organisation of the Debate
§ 47
Debate, Order in which Speakers are Given the Floor
§ 48
Factual Correction
§ 49
Procedural Motions and Requests for the Floor on Procedural Matters
§ 50
Motion to Close Debate
§ 51
Motion to Postpone Decision on an Item of Business
§ 52
Where Members Speak From
§ 53
Exercising the Right to Vote
§ 54
Voting 
§ 55
Voting Procedure
§ 56
Elections
§ 57
Election Procedure
§ 58
Quorum
§ 59
Written Questions 
§ 59a
Questions regarding Documents
§ 60
Debate on a Written Answer to a Question
§ 61
Urgent Questions
§ 62
Oral Questions
§ 63
Answering Questions during Question Time
§ 64
Official Records
§ 65
Stenographic Records and Publications

VI. Parliamentary Hearings

§ 66
Decision to Hold a Parliamentary Hearing 
§ 67
Procedural Provisions regarding Parliamentary Hearings

VII. Order in the House

§ 68
Interruption of Speakers by the President
§ 69
Call to Speak to the Point
§ 70
Call to Order
§ 71
Request for a Call to Speak to the Point or a Call to Order

VIII. Concluding Provisions

§ 72
Entry into Force and Expiry of Earlier Provisions