Federal Constitutional Act
concerning a Nuclear-free Austria(1)
The Austrian "Nationalrat" ("National Council" = Austrian Parliament)
has passed the following act(2):
Art. 1: In Austria it is prohibited to manufacture, to store, to transport, to test or to
use nuclear weapons. Facilities/installations for the deployment of nuclear weapons shall
not be established.
Art. 2: It is prohibited by law to establish facilities in Austria which are serving the
purpose of producing energy by nuclear fission. If such facilities/plants are already
existing (in Austria) it is prohibited to start them.
Art. 3: The transportation of fissionable materials in the territory of Austria is
prohibited by law, unless this ban (prohibition) is contrary to binding obligations of
public international law. This prohibition doesn't include the transportation of
fissionable materials for the purpose of exclusively peaceful use, however it includes the
transportation of fissionable materials for the purpose of producing energy by nuclear
fission and of materials concerning the spent fuel disposal. Other dispensations shall not
Art. 4: It should be guaranteed by law that damages which are caused by a nuclear accident
in Austria should be compensated apppropriately, and that this right to compensation could
be enforded versus foreign natural and legal persons who have caused the damage.
Art. 5: The Austrian Federal Government is obligated to implement this Federal
Klestil (Federal President)
Klima (Federal Chancellor)
(1) provisional non-official translation by D. Deiseroth
(2) This Constitutional Act has been passed on July 1st 1999. It went into force on August