The Federal Ministry of Justice is a ministry of the Austrian federal government. It has offices in the Palais Trautson.
The primary objective of the Austrian Armed Forces is the military defence of Austria. This is conducted on the principles of a militia system. Other tasks include defending constitutional institutions, preserving law and order and providing humanitarian aid in case of natural catastrophes. Because of Austria's membership in the United Nations, the European Union and the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Program, foreign assignments have notably increased in importance.
Austria conducts bilateral development cooperation with partner countries and provides multilateral assistance together with international organisations. Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) also collaborates with non-governmental organisations that implement programmes and projects in the partner countries and contribute to developmental education at home. ADC also works with private sector and industry as another major partner.
The following priorities top the Austrian foreign policy agenda:
Within the European Union Austria is committed to strengthening the EU’s role as a successful international player and therefore supports all steps directed at deepening the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), promoting external relations and developing the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).
Regional Priorities include:
- intensifying neighbourhood policies
- the Western Balkans, where Austria supports the implementation of the countries’ European perspective in line with the individual progress made,
- the New Neighbours of the enlarged European Union,
- the Strategic Partnership with the Russian Federation and
- supporting all initiatives aimed at creating peace, stability and wealth in the Mediterranean region and in the neighbouring countries of the Near and Middle East.
Thematic Priorities include:
- trans-Atlantic relations based on the common values and economic ties,
- strengthening the authority and the structures of the United Nations,
- making full use of the instruments provided by the OSCE and the Council of Europe,
- respect for international law, particularly with a view to universal respect for human rights and the rights of minorities,
- non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the strengthening of the relevant organisations and control regimes (IAEA, OPCW, CTBTO; HCOC) as well as the ban of land mines and cluster munitions and the containment of small and light weapons
- combating international terrorism, and
- the Dialogue among Civilisations.