Bundesversammlung (Federal Assembly), composed of the members of the Nationalrat and the Bundesrat. Its functions are to induct the Federal President into office (to call for a plebiscite on the Federal President´s premature removal from office; to approve impeachment of the Federal President; to bring charges of violation of the Federal Constitution against the Federal President at the Austrian Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof) ); to declare war. Between 1920 and 1931 and in 1945 the Federal President was elected by the Federal Assembly.
Literature#H. Schambeck (ed.), Oesterr. Parlamentarismus, 1986.