Austrian Society for European Politics (ÖGfE)
Secretary General: Paul Schmidt
Contact: email address
The Austrian Society for European Politics (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik / ÖGfE) aims to promote and support information activities on European affairs in Austria. Based in Vienna, the Society is a non-governmental and non-partisan platform mainly constituted by the Austrian Social Partners.
Since its formation in 1991, ÖGfE keeps expanding its range of activities and has accompanied the central steps of the European integration process, inter alia Austria’s EU accession, the introduction of the Euro as a common currency, enlargement towards our central and eastern European neighbours, the Austrian Council Presidencies in 1998 and 2006, the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty and the European elections.
Our guiding principle, thereby, is to communicate directly and maintain close contact with the citizens as central stakeholders of European integration.
Focal points and activities:
- Public opinion surveys – attitude of the Austrian citizens regarding EU issues
- Comparative analysis of current EU topics
- Information/publications (touring exhibitions, Policy Briefs, brochures, leaflets)
- Public panel discussions
- Public relations: Focus on new media
- EU seminars for opinion leaders (e.g. teachers, media)
- EU information for specific target groups (e.g. pupils)
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- “Is there hope for Kosovo’s rule of law system? Three immediate actions needed”, Bardha Tahiri (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “Building a constituency for rule of law: Lessons from the Romanian anti-corruption drive”, Oana Popescu-Zamfir (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “Considering EU enlargement through the prism of security cooperation”, Ellise Bernard and Joseph Leloup (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “The rule of law in Montenegro between deep polarisation and an unstable majority: how to get back on track?”, Nikola Mumin (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “Lessons learned from the justice reform in Albania”, Inva Nela (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “Τhe Rule of Law and Foreign Direct Investment in the Western Balkans: The Greek Experience”, Nikolaos Tzifakis and Anastasios Valvis (ÖGfE, Austria)
- “The Conditionality Regulation: A true European means to face a rule of law crisis in wider Europe and foster media freedom”, Eleonora Poli and Margherita Salvia (ÖGfE, Austria)
- “Rule of Law and Justice in Croatia after the EU accession”, Nikica Kolar (ÖGfE, Austria)
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