Old debts

Old debts

- Constitution of Germany

Article 135a[Old debts]

(1) Federal legislation enacted pursuant to paragraph (4) of Article 134 or paragraph (5) of Article 135 may also provide that the following debts shall not be discharged, or that they shall be discharged only in part:

1. debts of the Reich, of the former Land of Prussia, or of such other corporations and institutions established under public law as no longer exist;

2. such debts of the Federation or of corporations and institutions established under public law as are con­nected with the transfer of assets pursuant to Article 89, 90, 134 or 135 and such debts of these bodies as arise from measures taken by the bodies designated in item 1;

3. such debts of the Länder or municipalities (associations of municipalities) as have arisen from measures taken by them before 1 August 1945 within the framework of administrative functions incumbent upon or delegated by the Reich to comply with orders of the occupying powers or to terminate a state of emergency resulting from the war.

(2) Paragraph (1) of this Article shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to debts of the German Democratic Republic or its institutions as well as to debts of the Federation or other corporations and institutions established under public law that are connected with the transfer of assets of the German Demo­cratic Republic to the Federation, Länder or municipalities, and to debts arising from measures taken by the German Democratic Republic or its institutions.


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