Esther Happacher - University of Innsbruck, Institut für Italienisches Recht

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

Osservatorio sulle fonti / Observatory on Sources of Law
Section: Sources of Law in the EU member States

AUTHOR (name and surname)

Maria Bertel

COUNTRY

Austria

YEAR

2021

Name of the act/s*

VfGH 22.06.2021, E 2546/2020

Subject area

Asylum for EU citizens, Protocol (No 24) on asylum for nationals of Member States of the European Union

Brief description of the contents of the act

A Jewish Lithuanian national applied for asylum in Austria. His application was rejected by the competent authority as well as his appellation against it. He then called the Constitutional Court arguing that the authorities had neither investigated on the situation of jews in Lithuania nor on his persecution by the Lithuanian state authorities.

Comment

The Court rejected the appeal and accepted the argumentation of the Federal Administrative Court, which had argued, that the Lithuanian authorities and courts are – in the light of Protocol No 24 - in principle to be regarded as capable of and willing to provide protection.

Secondary sources/ doctrinal works (if any)

 

*Act citation /year and number

VfGH 22.06.2021, E 2546/2020 (decision)

Enacted by

Constitutional Court

Official link to the text of the act

https://www.vfgh.gv.at/downloads/VfGH-Erkenntnis_E_2546_2020_vom_22._Juni_2021.pdf

Name of the act/s*

Bundesgesetz, mit dem das Epidemiegesetz 1950, das Tuberkulosegesetz und das COVID-19-Maßnahmengesetz geändert werden

Subject area

Covid-19; free movement of individuals

Brief description of the contents of the act

The Federal law creates the legal basis for the Corona «Traffic light» system permitting a regional assessment of the epidemiological situation to avoid a nationwide lockdown and for the regulations restricting movements of people due to measures against the Coronavirus. Latter rules were necessary due to a ruling by the Constitutional Court in July 2020 declaring the existing regulations inconstitutional for lack of an appropriate legal basis. The law introduces a binding consultation by the Federal Government of the Hauptausschuss of the National Council on said regulations. Furthermore, their duration can not exceed 4 weeks in the case of prohibitions of entry into a certain area and 10 days if they regard the leaving of a private living area. In general,  the duration of the COVID-19-Maßnahmengesetz is extended by one year until the end of 2021.

*Act citation /year and number

BGBl I Nr. 104/2020

Enacted by

Federation

Official link to the text of the act

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2020/104/20200925

Name of the act/s*

Bundesgesetz, mit dem das Polizeiliche Staatsschutzgesetz geändert wird

Subject area

Domestic intelligence

Brief description of the contents of the act

The Federal law introduces an obligatory education for people working for the domestic intelligence service (Bundesamt für Verfassungschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung) and a thrusworthiness check for all persons working in the domestic intelligence sector.

*Act citation /year and number

BGBl. I Nr. 102/2020

Enacted by

Federation

Official link to the text of the act

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2020/102/20200916

Name of the act/s*

Bundesgesetz, mit dem das Bundesgesetz über hochschulrechtliche und studienförderungsrechtliche Sondervorschriften an Universitäten, Pädagogischen Hochschulen, Einrichtungen zur Durchführung von Fachhochschul-Studiengängen und Fachhochschulen aufgrund von COVID-19 (COVID-19-Hochschulgesetz – C-HG) geändert wird

Subject area

Covid-19

Brief description of the contents of the act

The Federal law introduces among others the possibility to extend fixed-term employment contracts at Universities up to a maximum of 12 months if projects, publications and the like have been delayed due to Covid-19, this will be possible until September 30th, 2021.

*Act citation /year and number

BGBl. I Nr. 79/2020

Enacted by

Federation

Official link to the text of the act

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2020/79/20200724

Name of the act/s*

Bundesgesetz, mit dem das Einkommensteuergesetz 1988, das Umsatzsteuergesetz 1994 und das Schaumweinsteuergesetz 1995 geändert werden (19. COVID-19-Gesetz)

Subject area

Covid-19

Brief description of the contents of the act

The Federal law contains a bundle of measures aiming at sustaining the tourism sector by introducing a 75% tax-deductibility of business lunches and by reducing the VAT on non-alcoholic beverages at 10%.

*Act citation /year and number

BGBl. I Nr. 48/2020

Enacted by

Federation

Official link to the text of the act

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2020/48/20200617

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