Popular Petition for a nuclear-free Austria
The popular petition for a “Nuclear-free Austria” was co-supported by the FPÖ. It was originally initiated by the Bürgerliche Grüne Österreichs, or BGÖ, a splinter party of the Greens. The popular petition received the support of 248,787 Austrians. The registration week was 24 November to 1 December 1997. It achieved the rank of 27th of the 50 popular petitions conducted up to 2020.
In its distant history, the Freedom Party had always pushed for European integration, but after the 1992 Maastricht Treaty establishing the European Union, it changed course and in the 1994 referendum, it opposed Austria's accession. Immediately prior to the introduction of a common European currency, the Freedom Party launched a popular petition that called for a referendum to be held on the introduction of the euro.
On World Savings Day 1997, as part of its campaign for the referendum, the FPÖ distributed outside banks some 200,000 savings books, in which people were warned of possible asset losses due to the introduction of the euro.
The popular petition was available for signing from 24 November to 1 December 1997 and obtained 254,329 signatures.
The goal of the petition for a referendum on the abolition of the schilling and the introduction of the euro was rejected in the National Council. On 1 January 1999, the euro was introduced as legal tender in Austria and in ten other EU Member States.