Austrian National Youth Council
The Austrian National Youth Council, the 'Österreichische Kinder- und Jugendvertretung' (OJV), is the representative body of children and young people in Austria. OJV provides young people with a strong collective voice towards policy and decision-makers at all levels and actively advocates for their interests.
OJV was first established in 1953 by the principal youth organisations in Austria. However, in 2001 it underwent a major reform and changed its name and structure. OJV was (re-)founded as an independent organisation, being the executive agency of the Bundesjugendvertretung created by law. This reform strengthened the democratic structure and independence of the organisation, so that it can represent the interests of young people and youth organisations even more effectively. OJV’s role is recognised by law and it is a Social Partner. OJV promotes the development of services for all young people and promotes and safeguards their interests and concerns and is, as a legally recognised organisation, the legitimate lobby organisation for young people in Austria.
OJV therefore represents the political, social, economic and cultural interests of young people and voices their concerns and demands towards policy and decision-makers at all levels, the media and the public in Austria. The Austrian National Youth Council also works on the European and international levels, notably by being an active member of the European Youth Forum www.youthforum.org.