How do I protest against the UG amendment properly?

Update 11.1.2021 – To the German version of this site!

The most effective way to protest is directly to the legislator.

The Republic of Austria offers its citizens and guests wherever they may come from the possibility to comment on legislative proposals.

This is very easy – if you have already thought about your opinion and the written formulations.

  1. On the Parliament website Parliament website, click on the heading Parlament aktiv in the top left-hand corner – a new page will open.
  2. Now click on the column on the left on the heading Begutachtungs­verfahren und Stellungnahmen (this means: „Evaluation procedures and opinions“) – the relevant page will open.
  3. Look in the middle under the subject for the entry
    Universitätsgesetz, Hochschul-Qualitätssicherungsgesetz u.a., Änderung
    (this means: Universities Act, Higher Education Quality Assurance Act, etc., Amendment)
    and click on it – the relevant page will open.
  4. There you can choose under the title University Act etc. between
    Übersicht (this means: Overview) and Stellungnahmen (this means: statements)
  5. The Übersicht (overview) provides
    a Kurzfassung (2-Seiten-PDF, only in German) = summary (2-page PDF) of the planned law,
    the Text des Gesetzentwurfs (35-Seiten-PDF, only in German) = text of the draft law (35-page PDF),
    das sog. Vorblatt und Wirkungsfolgenabschätzung (9-Seiten-PDF, only in German) = the so-called preliminary leaflet and impact assessment (9-page PDF),
    Erläuterungen zum Gesetzesentwurf (42-Seiten-PDF, only in German) = the explanatory notes on the draft law (42-page PDF),
    Gegenüberstellung der Texte des derzeitigen und des geplanten Universitätsgesetzes (98-Seiten-PDF, only in German) = the comparison of the texts of the current and the planned University Act (98-page PDF).
  6. Under Stellungnahmen = Comments you can
    – submit Stellungnahme abgeben = submit your comments
    – view andere Stellungnahmen einsehen = view* other statements and
    – agree with those Stellungnahmen = agree* with those statements that you like.
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  7. *NOTE: Statements may only be visible after this procedure:
    Click on the „Stellungnahmen“ = Statements button
    => leave the search field at the bottom empty and
    => click on the button „Stellungnahmen anzeigen“ = „Search statements“ = :
    The list of statements opens below.

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Here are the answers to your questions:

Submitting my opinion to Parliament: how does it work?

The Parlamentshomepage  = parliament’s homepage writes:
* Since September 2017, citizens and guests have had the opportunity to submit opinions on ministerial drafts (bills proposed by the ministries) and in the context of a public committee review via the parliamentary website.
* In addition, individual statements by other citizens, guests, or institutions can be supported with a declaration of consent.

Who can submit a statement?

* Anyone who is an Austrian citizen* can do so as a guest. He or she must be at least 16 years old.
* The prerequisite for submitting a statement as a guest is to provide the first name and surname, the e-mail address, the postcode and the place of residence in a binding manner.
* It must be stated whether the person has Austrian citizenship.
* If you have registered on the parliament’s website, you can log in at any time and submit your opinion.

Can the statement be made anonymously?

No.

Is my statement visible to others?

Only if you digitally agree to the publication of your statement by ticking a box.

What do I have to consider?

  1. After entering your data or logging in, you can enter your statement directly into a text field on the website.
  2. Your text may contain a maximum of 10,000 characters.
  3. Your statement should comply with the „dignity of the National Council“ and must not violate applicable law, in particular the Criminal Code, the Copyright Act and the Data Protection Act.
  4. The submission of your statement is
    only possible until the end of the review period on 15th January 2021.

Who else may submit comments?

Representatives of an organisation or legal entities (e.g. association, company) may also submit comments.

Who may express their agreement with other statements and how?

Anyone can express his or her consent. However, he or she must be at least 16 years old. It is necessary to enter personal data or – after registration – to log in personally.

Are there other ways to submit an opinion to Parliament?

Yes, you can write to the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research = Bundeministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung,
quoting the   reference number 2020-0.723.953   to the
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research:
legistik-wissenschaft AT bmbwf.gv.at 
and (in copy) to the Presidium of the National Council:
begutachtungsverfahren AT parlament.gv.at

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Student protests or Studentenproteste are by no means pointless, they do not remain without consequences! Here are some ways for you to make your opposition to the new university law clear:

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