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The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces

The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces accepts and verifies complaints from soldiers or conscripts. The Commission consists of from the National Council elected and from the political parties selected members. The term of office is six years.

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Entitled to lodge a complaint are:

  • persons who volunteered for pre-enlistment fitness examination or trainee service, 
  • persons liable to pre-enlistment fitness examination,
  • soldiers of either sex, 
  • soldier´s representatives,
  • conscripts in the militia or reserve,
  • persons having undergone trainee service

The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces has to accept complaints lodged directly or indirectly in writing or orally and – unless the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces finds the alleged reason for the complaint negligible – to examine it and decide upon recommendations pertaining to its settlement.

In addition, the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is entitled to investigate ex officio shortcomings or grievances within the military, suspected by the Commission.

Unterpunkte anzeigen About what Are You Able to Lodge a Complaint?

The group who is entitled can lodge a complaint concerning shortcomings or deficiencies within the military, especially regarding personal injustices or encroachments upon professional competencies.

Unterpunkte anzeigen Where Can the Complaint Be Placed?

Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces
 Roßauer Lände 1
1090 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 50201 1021050; +43 1 319 80 89
Fax: +43 50201 1017142
Email: bundesheer.beschwerden@parlament.gv.at

Your contact person is MinR Mag. Karl Schneemann, Head of Office as well as the whole office team of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces.

Unterpunkte anzeigen How much Time Do You Have, to Lodge Complaints?

The right to lodge a complaint expires one year after the issue giving rise to the complaint has become known to the complainant, in any case two years after the issue giving rise to the complaint has become void.

Unterpunkte anzeigen Who Is the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces?

The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces for complaints is established at the Minister of Defence (section 4, 2001 Defence Act). The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces specifically displays their tasks for the democratic principle of the Austrian legal system in the military area. This institution is an independent and discrete democratically legitimised monitoring body of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament. It was founded already in 1955 with the originally name “Complaints Commission for military tasks”. The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is made up of nine persons: three chairpersons, who alternate during their administration, as well as six further members. The chairpersons are elected by the National Council. The other members are nominated by the political parties, in proportion to their number of seats on the Principal Committee of the National Council. A term of office of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is six years. The current term of office has started on 1st of January 2015 and ends on 31st of December 2020.

The advisory members of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces are the Chief of General Staff, the Head of Section I at the Federal Ministry of Defence and Sport as well as an expert for military medical issues. They do not have a voting right.

The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is also dedicated in international matters. It is the aim to improve and strengthen the international cooperation among all Ombudsman Institutions for the Armed Forces in order to protect the rights of all soldiers. After the foundation conference in Berlin, more than 20 Ombudsman Institutions met at the Austrian Parliament in Vienna and concluded the “Vienna Memorandum”. The follow-up conferences took place in Belgrade, Ottawa, Oslo and Geneva. The upcoming meeting of this cross-national initiative, covering the collective good and interests of all soldiers, will lead the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces to Prague.

Presidium of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces:

Members of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces:

Alternate Members of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces:

Unterpunkte anzeigen Annual Reports of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces

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