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/s

Bundesgesetz betreffend die Bereinigung von vor dem 1. Jänner 2000 kundgemachten Bundesgesetzen und Verordnungen (Zweites Bundesrechtsbereinigungsgesetz ) – 2.BRBG

BGBl. I Nr. 61/2018

Date

14.08.2018

Type of Act

(name in English / in the official language)

Federal Law

Enacted by

 

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Each single article providing the Federation with legislative power

Subject area

Sources of Law; simplification of legislation

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

 

Comment

The 2. Federal Deregulation Law abolishes all federal laws and regulations and all federal laws and provisions having the nature of principles of legislation which have been published before January 1th, 2000 and are still in force by December 31th, 2018 except all laws and regulations enumerated in the annex to the law. Other exceptions regard constitutional laws and provisions, regulations based on constitutional provisions, agreements based on Article 15a Federal Constitutional Law, international treaties.

The law regards roughly 2.500 federal laws and regulations which constitute circa 50% of the existing federal provisions.

Secondary sources/ doctrinal works (if any)

 

Available Text

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=BgblAuth&Dokumentnummer=BGBLA_2018_I_73

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2018/73/20181122

Date of entry into force

January 1th, 2019

Name of the Act/s

Bundesgesetz, mit dem das Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz 2002, das Immissionsschutzgesetz – Luft und das Wasserrechtsgesetz 1959 geändert werden (Aarhus-Beteiligungsgesetz 2018)

BGBl. I Nr. 73/2018

Date of publication

22.11.2018

Type of Act

(name in English / in the official language)

Federal Law

Enacted by

 

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Article 10 para 1 number 12 Federal Constitutional Law

Subject area

Hazardous waste; environment; water; air

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

Directive 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directive 96/82/EC

Comment

By modifying several federal laws, the law enacts the Aarhus Convention with regard to the right of information, the right of procedural participation and the right to put forward a complaint before tribunals in regard to the public and to the environmental organizations; in addition, it clarifies the position of environmental organizations in relation to the Seveso- III-Directive.

Secondary sources/ doctrinal works (if any)

 

Available Text

http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=BgblAuth&Dokumentnummer=BGBLA_2018_I_61

ELI: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/I/2018/61/20180814

Date of entry into force

23.11.2018

Date

10th of October 2018

Type of Act

(name in English / in the official language)

Decision of the Constitutional Court; E 4248/2017

Enacted by

Constitutional Court

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Art 8, Art 14 ECHR; Federal Constitutional Act on

Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Subject area

Discrimination

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

 

Comment

The Asylum Act distinguishes between those granted asylum and those enjoying subsidiary protection with regard to family reunification. For the latter a general waiting period of three years applies. The Constitutional Court found, that this does not constitute a violation of Art 8 ECHR (private life), nor does it discriminate between strangers.

Secondary sources/ doctrinal works (if any)

 

Available Text

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=Vfgh&Dokumentnummer=JFT_20181010_17E04248_00

Date of entry into force

 

Date

3rd October 2018

Type of Act

(name in English / in the official language)

Decision of the Constitutional Court, G 69/2018

Enacted by

Constitutional Court

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Art 8, Art 14 ECHR; Art 2 Basic Law on the General Rights of Nationals, Art 7 Federal Constitutional Law

Subject area

Discrimination

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

 

Comment

The Court ruled that Art 197 para 3 Austrian Civil Code had to be interpreted in line with the Constitution. Therefore, Art 197 para 3 leg cit allows for the adoption of a child (through one of the ex-partners) after a same-sex couple has separated.

The underlying problem was that Art 197 para 3 leg cit is referring to father and mother. According to the Court, due to the developments in society, the reference to father and mother has to be extended to same-sex parents.

Secondary sources/ doctrinal works (if any)

 

Available Text

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=Vfgh&Dokumentnummer=JFT_20181003_18G00069_00

Date of entry into force

 

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