COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Austria/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.2 Division of jurisdiction

Article 15, para. 1 of the Federal Constitution Act states that all matters not assigned to the national government are to be paid by the Bundesländer, including culture. However, in Article 10, responsibility over "sovereign" matters such as scientific and technical archives and libraries, artistic and scientific collections and federal facilities (federal museums, the National Library), federal theatres, historic monuments, religious denominations, foundations and funds are assigned to the national government. The Bundesländer are responsible for preserving the appearance of towns and villages, for foundations and funds owned by the Bundesländer, theatres, cinemas, events, heritage, tradition and folk arts. According to Article 17 of the Federal Constitution Act, however, the national government and the Bundesländer as upholders of Civil Law are not bound by the above distribution of competences.


Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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