Austrian Parliament Looking At Draft FOI Legislation

2 December 2015

The Austrian Parliament is discussing a draft freedom of information law.

A public consultation process ends on Dec. 17. One close observer predicted passage early next year, notwithstanding the fact that some articles are constitution and would require a two-third vote.

The bill is garnering some criticism.

“In a couple of areas, the current draft would also be worse than the status quo,” commented one pro-FOI activist. “For example the deadlines for a response are envisioned to be 8 weeks plus an 8 week extension.”

Also, the bill would not establish an information commissioner.

If passed, the bill would come in to force in 2018.

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