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)
- “Overcoming the net position thinking in EU member states”, Julia Bachtrögler-Unger, Mario Holzner, Veronika Kubeková and Margit Schratzenstaller (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “Making the European Capital Brussels tangible for the Next Generation”, Peter Kurri and Paul Schmidt (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “New Hansa and Frugal Four: The Role of Small Creditor States in the Economic and Monetary Union”, Magnus G. Schoeller (ÖGFE, Austria)
- Watch: TEPSA Explainer “Euroscepticism in Austria”
- Watch: TEPSA-ÖGFE debate – Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe
- “The gender pension gap in Austria and Europe”, Christine Mayrhuber and Ingrid Mairhuber (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “The EU’s global response to the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on the Eastern Neighbourhood and Africa”, Philipp Brugner and Klaus Schuch (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “The European Parliament: One year after the European elections”, Johanna Edthofer and Paul Schmidt (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “The COVID-19 crisis: Ten Takeaways for the EU”, Paul Schmidt (ÖGfE, Austria)
- “Austria’s new ÖVP-Green government: united in diversity?”, Paul Schmidt (ÖGFE)