E-Recht – Law Making in a Contemporary Way

Brigitte Barotanyi

Abstract

The application ‘E-Recht’ has fundamentally reformed the Austrian legislative process. Its goals were speeding-up legislation and making it more efficient and transparent. The idea was to create one continuous paperless electronic workflow from the first draft of a bill until to the publication of the law in the Federal Law Gazette. Documents can be handled electronically through the whole legislative process. Authorised users can read drafts or submit proposals or amendments on-line. Furthermore, the bills can be easily forwarded to parliament for deliberation and approval. Finally, these texts are officially published in an authentic version in an electronic Federal Law Gazette online free of charge (www.ris.bka.gv.at).

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