Erwin Niederwieser

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Erwin Niederwieser (born February 2, 1951 in Lienz ) is an Austrian politician ( SPÖ ) and a former member of the Austrian National Council .


After graduating from the humanistic grammar school at the Don Bosco grammar school Unterwaltersdorf in 1970, Niederwieser studied law and education at the University of Innsbruck . In 1975 he was promoted to Dr. iur., 1983 Dr. phil. PhD.

Niederwieser worked as a legal intern and candidate for a judge's office and, in his youth, also in less dazzling professions such as house servants, postmen, unskilled workers or nurses. Since 1975 Niederwieser has been head of the educational policy department of the Chamber for Workers and Salaried Employees for Tyrol. There he was on partial leave while he was in office.

Political offices

Niederwieser began his political career as Vice Mayor of Völs . He held this office from 1986 to 1990. From 1994 to 2012 he was district party chairman of the SPÖ Innsbruck-Land and a member of the state party executive.

From November 5, 1990 to October 27, 2008, Niederwieser was a member of the National Council. Most recently he was education spokesman for the SPÖ, deputy chairman of the teaching committee and a member of the teaching, science and main committee. In the national elections in autumn 2008, Erwin Niederwieser was no longer a candidate.


  • Apart from Bologna - considerations for a democratic structure of the universities and a new study architecture; in: Wilhelm Toth (Ed.): Reformers, restless, rebels - intellectuals and politics; Vienna 2004, pp. 97–121
  • Social competence: learn to deal with contradictions; in: Education and Teaching, Volume 155, 3–4 / 2005; Pp. 213-215; Vienna 2005
  • A knowledge-based society does not tolerate an emotional education policy; in: Khol u. a. (Ed.); Austrian Yearbook for Politics, Vienna 2005
  • No land in sight; Article in Bildung Aktuell 03/2006 pp. 20–23; Vienna 2006
  • The everlasting favorites - PISA and the school reform; in Khol u. a. (Ed.); Austrian Political Yearbook, Vienna 2007
  • Herzilein - strength of mayor and weakness of state parliament; in: Hämmerle / Plaikner (eds.); Tyrolean Yearbook for Politics 2008/2009; Vienna 2009
  • From reality back to vision; in: * Broukal / Filzmaier / Hammerl / Hämmerle / Niederwieser / Plaikner / Ulraum / Winkler; Politics in Austrian - Between Desire and Reality; Vienna 2009


  • Josef Broukal , Erwin Niederwieser (Eds.): Education in the Crisis - Why we cannot afford to do nothing; Vienna 2010


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. "We about us" on
  2. ^ SPÖ: Niederwieser is no longer running. . Die Presse July 29, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  3. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  4. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)