Transparency Interests Democracy

Austria – Peter Köppl

Austrian Public Affairs Association (www.oepav.at)

The Austrian Public Affairs Association (OePAV) was founded in September 2011. Membership is open to public affairs professionals in companies, trade unions and NGOs or self-employed public affairs consultants. OePAV members work in various business fields (Lobbying, Government Relations, Issues -and Stakeholder Management, Corporate Social Responsibility). OePAV facilitates the exchange of knowledge of the national and international level. Thus, OePAV cooperates with national and international associations to advance the exchange of experience.

OePAV’s objectives are: To develop the public affairs business by defining quality standards and a code of conduct; to support an exchange of knowledge and to provide education and training; to increase the perception of public affairs as management tool; to improve its reputation in business environment, the media and the public. Last but not least, to make Austrian politicians and administration aware of the importance of reputable public affairs work.

Members of the Austrian Public Affairs Association commit themselves to comply with the principles of the OePAV code of conduct. Any violation of Articles 1 to 8 may lay the ground for a proceeding. A proceeding may result in sanctions ranging from a formal written warning to a complete exclusion from the OePAV. Violations of the code may be notified to the code of conduct committee by OePAV members, political decision makers, media representatives or individuals. Peter Jann, former judge of the Court of the European Union and the Austrian Constitutional Court heads the code of conduct committee.

Peter Köppl, a board member from the beginning on, was elected OePAV-president in 2013. He is Managing Director of Vienna based Mastermind Public Affairs Consulting.