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Federal Law on the Rules of Procedure of the National Council

Rules of Procedure Law of 1975

Promulgations: BGBl. [Federal Law Gazette] No. 410/1975 as amended in BGBl. Nos 302/1979, 353/1986, 720/1988, 569/1993, 438/1996 and BGBl. I Nos 131/1997, 163/1998, 29/2005, 31/2009, 11/2010, 12/2010, 114/2011, 66/2012, 31/2013, 131/2013, 132/2013, 6/2014, 99/2014, 62/2015, 41/2016 and 45/2020

Xb. Special Provisions regarding the Consideration

§ 74b. (1) Consideration of EU matters shall take the form of

a) Debates on EU Matters of Topical Interest and

b) Statements by members of the Federal Government on EU matters followed by a debate,

the provisions of § 31d (5) notwithstanding.

(2) Debates on EU Matters of Topical Interest shall be governed, mutatis mutandis, by § 97a provided that

a) they take place four times a year and are duly considered in establishing the programme of work under § 13 (5),

b) in sittings that begin with a Debate on Matters of Topical Interest, the Debate on EU Matters of Topical Interest shall take place immediately thereafter and

c) the Debate on EU Matters of Topical Interest is devoted to topics of general interest that fall within the competence of the European Union.

(3) Statements by members of the Federal Government on EU matters shall take place twice a year in close temporal proximity to a meeting of the European Council or Council of the EU. Their purpose is to inform the National Council on subjects before the European Council or Council of the EU, their effects on Austria and the position adopted on them by the Austrian Federal Government.

(4) Statements by members of the Federal Government on EU matters should in all not exceed 25 minutes. Each subsequent speaker shall be accorded 10 minutes, the total speaking time allowed for each Parliamentary Group being 25 minutes.

(5) Only motions for a resolution shall be put in debates on an EU statement. 

(6) When EU matters are to be con-sidered under (1) above, each parlia-mentary group may designate one Member of the European Parliament elected in Austria to take part in the deliberations in an advisory capacity if it so announces in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the debate – not counting Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The respective Member of the European Parliament must belong to the same parliamentary group within the meaning of the Paliamentary Groups Funding Act 1985, BGBl. No. 156/1985, as the members of the National Council group making the demand. Each Member of the European Parliament may ask for the floor once and shall be allowed a maximum speaking time of five minutes, which shall not be considered in counting the total speaking time consumed by the parliamentary group designating him/her. The order in which speakers are given the floor shall be determined by the President after consultation with the members of the President’s Conference in compliance with the principles set out in § 60 (4).