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)
- “The future of the EU’s Spitzenkandidaten procedure”, Johanna Edthofer and Paul Schmidt (ÖGFE, Austria)
- Kick-off of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Networks Project “WB2EU” (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “A Smarter Funding System for European Parties”, Louis Drounau (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “The African Continental Free Trade Area: The Role of EU Support for Africa’s Historic Trade Agreement”, Iona Lungu (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “YouTubing Europe: Transnational Communication and Identity Formation in a European Network”, Dennis Lichtenstein (ÖGFE, Austria)
- “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