Esther Happacher - University of Innsbruck, Institut für Italienisches Recht

Maria Bertel - University of Innsbruck, Institut für Öffentliches Recht, Staats- und Verwaltungslehre

Name of the Act

Finanzausgleichsgesetz 2017

BGBl I 116/2016

Date

15.12.2016

21.12.2016

Type of Act

Federal Law/Bundesgesetz

Reference to the Constitution

Art.  3, 7, 12 and 13 Financial Constitutional Law F-VG 1948; Art. 17, Art. 10 para 1 n° 4 and n° 11, Art.102 para 2 Federal Constitutional Act

Comment 

The law contains the rules concerning the relationship between the Federal, Provincial and Local level in the sector of public finances for the years 2017-2021. In particular, it establishes fiscal autonomy on regional level concerning the taxes for financing the promotion of residential housing development.

Available Text

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2016/116/20161230

Date of entry into force

1.1.2017

Name of the Act

Bundesgesetz, mit dem ein Bundesgesetz zur partnerschaftlichen Zielsteuerung-Gesundheit (Gesundheits-Zielsteuerungsgesetz – G-ZG) erlassen wird - Vereinbarungsumsetzungsgesetz 2017 – VUG 2017

BGBl I 26/2017

Date

14.12.2016

21.12.2016

Type of Act

Federal Law/Bundesgesetz

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Art 10 para 1 n° 12 Federal Constitutional Law

Subject area

Health

Comment 

The law aims at implementing the agreements between the Federation and the Provinces according to Art. 15a Federal Constitutional Law on the organisation und financing of the health sector.  

Available Text

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2017/26/20170117

Date of entry into force

1.1.2017

Name of the Act

Bundesgesetz, mit dem die Strafprozessordnung 1975, das Geschworenen- und Schöffengesetz 1990, das Auslieferungs- und Rechtshilfegesetz (ARHG) und das Bundesgesetz über die justizielle Zusammenarbeit in Strafsachen mit den Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union (EU-JZG) geändert werden (Strafprozessrechtsänderungsgesetz II 2016)

BGBl I 121/2016

Date

14.12.2016

21.12.2016

Type of Act

(name in English / in the official language)

Federal Law/Bundesgesetz

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Art 10 para 1 n° 6 Federal Constitutional Law

Subject area

Criminal law

If the act implements a source of EU Law: cite the relevant EU legal source

Directive 2013/48/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings, and on the right to have a third party informed upon deprivation of liberty and to communicate with third persons and with consular authorities while deprived of liberty, OJ 2013 L 294/1

Comment 

The law aims at implementing the Directive 2013/48/EU. In particular, it contains a consolidation of the rules concerning the leniency notice.

Available Text

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2016/121/20161231

Date of entry into force

1.1.2017

Name of the act

Erkenntnis des Verfassungsgerichtshofs

date

14/03/2017

type

Constitutional Court, judgement

subject area

application of EU law

comment

Art 16 CFR (freedom to conduct a business) is considered a fundamental right which can be invoked before the Constitutional Court.

Link

http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=Vfgh&Dokumentnummer=JFT_20170314_16G00164_00

Name of the act

Erkenntnis des Verfassungsgerichtshofs

date

14/12/2016

type

Constitutional Court, decision

subject area

application of EU law

implementing an EU source of law?

No

comment

The Constitutional Court rejects a complaint based on Art 9 para 3 Aarhus Convention, explaining that Austrian Constitutional Law does not provide the legal basis for such a complaint. Invoking the ECJs Lesoochranárske zoskupenie case (C-240/09; ECLI:EU:C:2011:125) the Court reminds that from the standpoint of EU law, Art 9 para 3 Aarhus Convention does not “contain any clear and precise obligation capable of directly regulating the legal position of individuals”. As Austrian Constitutional Law does not foresee complaints of individuals or organizations, who are not affected in a subjective right, the complaint has to be rejected.

Link

http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=Vfgh&Dokumentnummer=JFT_20161214_14V00087_00

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