Meetings of the Federal Representation
The 55 mandataries of the federal representation are directly elected every two years in the course of the ÖH election. They form the legislative body within the ÖH and meet twice a semester to make decisions for the work of the ÖH. Only lists or parliamentary groups are admitted to the election for the federal representation. The following groups currently have mandates in the federal representation:
Committees of the ÖH
All committee meetings, except those of the Economic Committee, are open to the public. The committees usually meet prior to the meetings of the Federal Representative Council, which must be held at least twice per semester, and deal with substantive issues, prepare motions, and serve to prepare for meetings of the Federal Representative Council. Within each of the committees, a chairperson and deputy chairperson are elected and report to the meeting of the federal representation.
Executive of the ÖH
The Executive implements the resolutions passed by the Federal Representation and organizes the day-to-day business of the representation’s work in fourteen units or sixteen work areas. The units take care of the different tasks and consist mainly of volunteers. Each unit is formally headed by a referent, who has to be elected at the meeting of the federal representation. The units and work areas are always available to answer questions.
In addition to the volunteer staff, there are also numerous employees working at the ÖH-Bundesvertretung, taking care of legal counseling, accounting, reception, IT, cleaning, secretarial services and much more. They form the backbone of the ÖH.