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(Feb 05, 2013)
On January 20, 2013, Austrians voted on whether to retain military conscription or establish a paid career army instead. With 59.7% of the voters upholding the current system and a voter participation of close to 52%, the voters strongly rejected the abolition of a conscripted army. (Bundesministerium für Inneres, Volksbefragung 2013 (last visited Feb. 4, 2013).) Although the vote was not a referendum as foreseen in the Constitution (Bundesverfassung (B-VG) (Federal Constitution), art. 42, translation available at RECHTSINFORMATIONSSYSTEM (2013) and therefore had no binding effect, the major parliamentary parties had promised that they would abide by the decision. (Helmut Kramer, Das wird keine Reifeprüfung, DIE PRESSE, Jan. 19, 2013, at 28.)
In addition to defending the country militarily, the Austrian Army also assists in emergencies and disaster relief, and it participates in international peace-keeping missions and humanitarian aid projects (WehrG § 2). The men serving in the alternative civil service provide various forms of assistance in health and social services (ZDG § 2a).
|Author:||Edith Palmer More by this author|
|Topic:||Military More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Austria More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 02/05/2013