- Government policy statement
A government policy statement is a declaration of a government's political activities, plans and intentions relating to a concrete cause or, at the assumption of office, an entire
legislative session. In certain countries they are announced by the head of governmentor a minister of the parliament. In constitutional monarchiesthis function may be fulfilled by the Speech from the Throne.
Germanyand Austriathe Chancellor submits a government policy statement at the beginning of the session of the Bundestag(in Austria: Nationalrat), in which he announces the intended policies of the government during the next legislative session. The statement is not legally binding, but is a significant constitutional commitment for the parliament and the government. During the legislative period the federal government, through the Chancellor and the ministers, can give statements to the parliament through the chancellor or the ministers concerning current political themes. It cannot however be obliged to give such statements.
* [http://www.bundesregierung.de/Reden-Interviews/-,11638/Regierungserklaerungen.htm German government policy statements since 10th November 1998]
* [http://www.austria.gv.at/DocView.axd?CobId=19879 Austrian government policy statement 2007-2010]
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