Federal Youth Representation

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Federal Youth Representation
purpose Representing the interests of children and young people
Seat Vienna

January 1, 2001

place Vienna
President Derai Al Nuaimi, Caroline Pavitsits, Isabella Steger, Jakob Ulbrich
Manager Magdalena Black
Members 54 (as of May 8, 2020 )
Employee 11
Website bjv.at

The Austrian Federal Youth Representation (BJV) is the legally anchored representation of interests and political lobby for people up to 30 years in Austria . The BJV has 54 children's and member organizations. It wants to bundle the political, social, economic and cultural interests of young people and make them heard in politics and the public. The member organizations have one million young people.

In its current form, the BJV was set up on January 1, 2001 by the Federal Youth Representation Act (B-JVG) as the successor to the Austrian Federal Youth Council. The Association of Austrian Children and Youth Representation (ÖJV) takes care of the agendas of the BJV.

The focus is on: education, training, employment, social security, ecology, participation, political education, diversity, anti-racism, anti-fascism, gender equality and children's and youth rights.

At the European level, the Federal Youth Representation represents the interests of Austrian children and young people as a member of the European Youth Forum and is involved in the Advisory Council on Youth (AC) of the Council of Europe .


According to the Federal Youth Representation Act , the decision-making body is a presidium that comprises the youth organizations of the parties represented in parliament , the two largest religious youth organizations and two other youth organizations to be elected, as well as federal student representatives , Austrian university students and Austrian trade union youth . Since the law also provides that an association can carry out the tasks of the federal youth representation, the Association of Austrian Children and Youth Representation (ÖJV) was founded, whose operational body, the board, is democratically elected by the member organizations and not determined by law.

The board consists of the four chairmen (chairing team) and a maximum of eight other board members who are elected every two years and who manage the day-to-day business of the federal youth council. The chairing team, which is made up of gender parity, represents the BJV externally.

former logo (until June 2014)

Chairing team

The chairmanship elected in 2019 consists of:

Member organizations

The BJV has 36 children and youth organizations, 3 interest groups and 15 state youth councils and ethnic group representatives as members (54), as well as 2 extraordinary members:

  1. Academic Forum for Foreign Policy
  2. Action of critical pupils
  3. Alevi Youth Austria
  4. Austrian Players League
  5. Bnei Akiva
  6. Nationwide network of open youth work (bOJA)
  7. Association of European Youth Austria / Young European Federalists
  8. Federal Student Council (BSV)
  9. Protestant Youth Austria
  10. Youth policy think tank PROGRESS AUSTRIA (formerly: Generation Future Austria)
  11. Hashomer Hatzair Austria
  12. Young People's Party
  13. JUNOS - Young liberal NEOS
  14. Catholic youth Austria
  15. Catholic youth group Austria
  16. Kinderfreunde Austria / Rote Falken Austria
  17. Kolping Austria
  18. Coordination Office for Open Youth Work and Development (KOJE)
  19. Rural youth Austria
  20. Middle School Cartel Association
  21. Muslim youth Austria
  22. Naturefriends Youth Austria
  23. Austrian Alpine Club Youth
  24. Austrian brass music youth
  25. Austrian trade union youth
  26. Austrian Student Union (ÖH)
  27. Austrian Youth Red Cross
  28. Austrian young workers' movement
  29. Austrian young farmers
  30. Austrian children's world
  31. Austrian nature conservation youth
  32. Austrian youth in costume
  33. Austrian Pennäler Ring
  34. Austrian Scout Association
  35. Scouts and Girl Scouts of Austria
  36. Ring Freedom Youth Austria
  37. Student union
  38. Socialist youth Austria
  39. Association of youth for a united world
  40. Working group of Carinthian youth organizations
  41. Provincial Youth Advisory Board Upper Austria
  42. State Youth Council Salzburg
  43. State Youth Advisory Board Styria
  44. State Youth Council Vorarlberg
  45. State Youth Forum Burgenland
  46. Lower Austrian Youth Council
  47. Tyrolean youth council
  48. Provincial Youth Council Vienna
  49. Croatian ethnic group
  50. Slovak ethnic group
  51. Slovenian ethnic group
  52. Czech ethnic group
  53. Hungarian ethnic group
  54. Roma ethnic group

Extraordinary members:

Predecessor structure of the Federal Youth Association

Logo of the Federal Youth Association (1994)

The Austrian Federal Youth Association (ÖBJR) was founded on December 5, 1953 by seven youth organizations (Catholic youth, Catholic youth group, socialist youth, union youth, scouts, Protestant youth, Austrian youth movement) and is the predecessor organization of the federal youth association. In addition to the possibility for the youth to speak with one voice, thereby giving more weight to the government on youth issues, the prohibition of many youth organizations during the Second World War was a decisive motivation for the establishment of an umbrella organization for youth organizations. As with the Federal Youth Council, the aim of the Federal Youth Association was to represent the interests of children and young people and their organizations, as well as to develop common points of view as a platform for young people with different ideological, religious and social convictions.

Among the active members of the Federal Youth Association are well-known names such as Franz Küberl , Josef Höchtl , Erhard Busek (chairman 1966 to 1969), Fritz Verzetnitsch , Othmar Karas , Johannes Hahn , Werner Amon , Alfred Gusenbauer and Josef Cap .

After 47 years of advocacy, the Federal Youth Council passed its business and tasks over to the Federal Youth Representation in 2001 with the installation of the Federal Youth Representation Act, which by law has more say and a stronger involvement of youth organizations in politics.

Web links

Commons : Federal Youth Representation  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. bjv.at .
  2. The Federal Youth Representation has over 50 member organizations! Federal youth council, accessed on May 8, 2020 .
  3. a b About the BJV. Federal youth council, accessed on May 8, 2020 .
  4. Europe & International. Federal youth council, accessed on May 3, 2020 .
  5. Federal Youth Representation: Ensure youth participation in the Council of Europe! APA-OTS , May 3, 2019, accessed May 3, 2020 .
  6. Federal Youth Representation Act (B-JVG). (PDF) Federal Chancellery, accessed on March 4, 2014 .
  7. ^ Statutes of the Austrian Children and Youth Representation. (PDF; 77 KB) Federal Youth Representation, p. 6 , accessed on May 3, 2002 .
  8. Current chair team. Retrieved March 26, 2019 .
  9. Federal youth council: new chairman and board of directors elected! Austria Press Agency , March 25, 2019, accessed on March 26, 2019 .
  10. The Federal Youth Representation has over 50 member organizations! Federal youth council, accessed on May 8, 2020 .
  11. Entry on Bundesjugendring, Österreichischer in the Austria Forum  (in the AEIOU Austria Lexicon )
  12. Erhard Busek: Pictures of Life . Verlag Kremayr & Scheriau, Vienna 2014, ISBN 978-3-218-00953-9 , p. 98 (288 p., Limited preview in Google Book search).
  13. 60 years of lobbying. (No longer available online.) December 5, 2013, formerly in the original ; Retrieved December 9, 2013 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.jugendvertretung.at  
  14. ↑ The very last festival of the Austrian Federal Youth Association! Austria Press Agency , September 18, 2001, accessed on December 9, 2013 .
  15. ^ ÖGJ and KJÖ welcome agreement in youth promotion and representation. Austria Press Agency , November 2, 2000, accessed on December 9, 2013 .