State Treaty – Article 7

FLG. No. 152/1955

The rights of the Slovene and Croatian minorities

1. Austrian citizens in Carinthia, Burgenland, and Styria who are members of the Slovenian and Croatian minorities shall enjoy the same rights on the basis of the same conditions as all other Austrian citizens, including the right to their own organizations, assemblies, and press in their own language.

2. They shall be entitled to elementary-level instruction in the Slovene and Croatian languages and to a proportional number of middle schools; in this regard, curricula shall be subject to inspections and an education supervision department shall be established for Slovene and Croatian schools.

3. In the administrative and court jurisdictional districts of Carinthia, Burgenland, and Styria with Slovene, Croatian, or mixed populations, the Slovene or Croatian languages, as applicable, shall be permitted, in addition to German, as official languages. In these districts, topographical names and signs shall be written in Slovene or Croatian as well as German.

4. Austrian citizens in Carinthia, Burgenland, and Styria who are members of the Slovene and Croatian minorities shall take part in cultural, administrative, and judiciary institutions on the same conditions as all other Austrian citizens.

5. The activity of organizations aimed at depriving the Croatian or Slovene population of their status and rights as a minority shall be forbidden.