Josef Cap

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Josef Cap (2008)

Josef Cap ([ ʧap ], born January 4, 1952 in Vienna ) is an Austrian politician ( SPÖ ). From 1983 to 2017 he was a member of the National Council , from 2001 to 2007 executive club chairman and from 2007 to 2013 SPÖ club chairman . From 2013 to 2017, Cap was the club's deputy chairman in parliament.


Cap graduated from elementary school and high school with the Piarists . After graduating from high school, he completed his basic military service in the armed forces as an "auxiliary trainer". He first began studying law , then switched to political science , where he obtained a doctorate in 1988 with a dissertation on social democratic identity between 1978 and 1988. phil. PhD .

1978 to 1984 he was chairman of the Socialist Youth . In 1982 he initiated a “red-green platform” within the SPÖ, which met with severe criticism from the party executive. In May 1982, Cap was elected to the SPÖ's executive committee and in 1983, after a preferential election campaign (62,457 votes), he became a member of parliament , of which he was a member until 2017.

From 1988 to 1993 he was central secretary of the SPÖ, from 1993 to 1995 SPÖ federal manager, since 1994 he has been chairman of the SPÖ district organization in Hernals. After six years as executive club chairman under the chairman Alfred Gusenbauer and in the office of club chairman of the SPÖ in the National Council, he stepped back into the background after the 2013 election, but remained deputy club chairman of the social democratic parliamentary group .

Josef Cap published two further publications in 2012: on the one hand, a compilation of selected parliamentary speeches and, on the other, a collection of articles and comments. Against the background of major changes, the rise and fall of right-wing populism Haider's style and its political aftermath in the grand coalition is presented.

After the National Council election in 2013, Cap was replaced by Andreas Schieder as club chairman of the SPÖ after twelve years . He remained a member of the National Council and was Executive President of the Renner Institute , the party academy of social democracy , from January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2017 . In the newspaper Falter it was criticized that this function was newly created for Cap and endowed with a gross salary of 6,000 euros , so that Cap would not suffer any wage losses compared to his previous activity as club chairman. SPÖ politicians like Max Lercher , SJ chairman Wolfgang Moitzi and the Vorarlberg SPÖ leader Michael Ritsch vehemently criticized this occupation. Ritsch spoke of a "devastating appearance". Josef Cap replied that after twelve years as club chairman - a position in which additional income is not legally permitted - he was returning to his original profession. He used to head the SPÖ's future workshop, now he works at the Renner Institute because it makes sense to return to the educational activity that he had previously pursued. The main focus of his work within the Renner Institute is the party program process, the aim of which is to develop a new basic program for the SPÖ. Ritsch voted against the appointment of Cap, but said that he was “of course a professional”, and that also convinced him that “he was doing the job properly”. In accordance with the provisions of the Incompatibility and Transparency Act for the highest bodies, according to which the amount of their average gross monthly salary must be disclosed, Cap's additional income for 2014 falls into the third of a total of five categories for members of the National Council.

As a member of parliament, Josef Cap was a member of the following committees in the legislative period up to 2017: Foreign Affairs Committee, Rules Committee, Main Committee, Permanent Subcommittee of the Main Committee, Permanent Subcommittee on European Union Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on ESM Matters, Constitutional Committee, Culture Committee and Science Committee.
In 2018 Josef Cap's political autobiography was published with Kein Blatt vor dem Mund .

His great passion outside of politics is running marathons.



Individual evidence

  1. The Military Service Careers of Our Politicians. In: October 9, 2010, accessed August 10, 2019 .
  2. a b Josef Cap - The club boss has to go to the second row for the second time. In: , October 27, 2013.
  3. ^ SPÖ Hernals: Dr. Josef Cap
  4. Kern justifies salary increase with party leader position. Retrieved June 18, 2020 .
  5. CV German | Josef Cap. Accessed November 29, 2017 (German).
  6. "Devastating optics": Red criticism of Cap-Gage. In: November 8, 2013, accessed January 16, 2018 .
  7. New SP job for Cap so that he earns € 14,000. November 5, 2013, accessed June 18, 2020 .
  8. Cap: SPÖ lacks a contemporary program. In: November 6, 2013, accessed January 17, 2018 .
  9. Retrieved June 18, 2020 (Austrian German).
  11. ↑ The parties agree on a new election on October 15 . In: The press . ( [accessed July 10, 2017]).
  12. Dr. Josef Cap, biography. Retrieved June 18, 2020 .
  13. a b c List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)

Web links

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