Young Liberals Austria

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Young Liberals Austria
Junge Liberale Österreich
Chairperson Nikolaus Scherak
Founded 2009
Headquarters Vienna
Ideology Classical Liberalism
Mother party affiliated with NEOS – The New Austria
International affiliation International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)
European affiliation European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)

The Young Liberals Austria (German: Junge Liberale Österreich, JuLis) are a political party in Austria and a full member of IFLRY and LYMEC. Since October 2012, they are the youth partners of NEOS – The New Austria, a new Austrian liberal party.[1] Following the Austrian National Elections 2013, NEOS entered the Austrian parliament and the chairperson of JuLis, Nikolaus Scherak, was elected as an MP for NEOS.

National board[edit]

The current national board was elected at the IX. Federal Congress, which took place on October 19, 2013 in Vienna:[2]

  • Nikolaus Scherak (President)
  • Claudia Gamon (Vice-President)
  • Douglas Hoyos (Secretary General)
  • Stefan Windberger (International Officer)
  • Elias von der Locht (Member of Board, Policy)
  • Andreas Schwarzenbrunner (Member of Board, Business Development)
  • Stefanie Sturn (Member of Board, Member Support)
  • Yannick Shetty (Member of Board, Communication)

Political values[edit]

The JuLis see themselves as the only supporters of liberalism amongst Austria’s youth parties. According to their manifesto, their core values are freedom and responsibility, unity and diversity, rationality and progress, open-mindedness and tolerance, solidarity and a federal Europe.[3]


Since their foundation in 2009, the Young Liberals Austria are organised in federal groups that correspond to the nine federal states of Austria. As of January 2012, the JuLis have active groups in Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Styria and Carinthia, covering all states except for Burgenland.[4]


The JuLis were founded in 2009, following the dissolution of the youth branch of the Liberal Forum’s youth wing, the Liberal Students’ Forum – LSF. Unlike the LSF, the Young Liberals Austria distanced themselves from the Liberal Forum and competed for the European elections 2009 in Austria independently. The fact that the Austrian MEP Karin Resetarits gave her signature and support for a liberal youth party with most members under 25, allowing the JuLis to compete in the elections to the European Parliament, caused significant uproar in the Austrian media. Resetarits stated that the program of the Young Liberals was better than the one proposed by the Liberal Forum.[5] After having garnered 0.7% or 20.668 votes with almost no support and no classic advertisements, the Young Liberals Austria announced that they would concentrate their efforts on student politics for the time being.

Due to formal reasons, the JuLis were not able to compete in the elections to the Austrian Students' Association (German: ÖH ) in 2009 and were subsequently not represented in the period 2009-2011.[6]

During their III. Federal Congress in October 2010, the JuLis presented the "liberal manifesto for tertiary education"[7] and announced their candidature for the ÖH-elections 2011. Out of several dozen contestants, the JuLis were the only ones in favour of a system of deferred tuition fees, citing the inadequate studying conditions and extremely high dropout quotes in Austria’s public universities, which have a longstanding tradition of free and unrestricted education for everyone holding the matura. Nevertheless, the JuLis were able to secure three seats in the federal assembly of the ÖH and parts of the new program of the Austrian minister of science Karlheinz Töchterle resembled very closely to what the JuLis had proposed several months earlier.[8]

Despite the JuLis having a “complete party manifesto”,[9] the Austrian media used to cite them as the potential youth wing of a yet-to-be-founded new liberal party in Austria.[10][11] This happened in October 2012, when the JuLis participated in the foundation of NEOS – The New Austria as youth partners and Nikolaus Scherak was elected into the board of NEOS.[12]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Die Presse: NEOS: Die Neuen in der Mitte, 27. Oktober 2012.
  2. ^ Pressemitteilung: Niki Scherak als Bundesvorsitzender der JuLis bestätigt
  3. ^ Manifesto of the JuLis
  4. ^ Young Liberals Austria: About us
  5. ^ Der Standard, 20.04.2009: Karin Resetarits ermöglicht JuLis Antreten
  6. ^ Die Presse, 13.05.2009: ÖH-Wahl: Liberale scheitern an rechtlichen Hürden
  7. ^ Das liberale Hochschulprogramm
  8. ^ Junge Liberale Österreich, Pressemitteilung: JuLis begrüßen Konzept von Bundesminister Töchterle
  9. ^ Der Standard, 27.05.2011: „Wir wünschen uns eine liberale Partei im Nationalrat.“ Claudia Gamon über das gute Abschneiden der JuLis und das Erfolgsrezept Studiengebühren.
  10. ^ Die Presse, 28.05.2011: Liberale Sehnsüchte
  11. ^ Der Standard, 26.05.2011: Universitäten als Hoffnungsgebiet für Österreichs Liberale
  12. ^ Die Presse: NEOS: Die Neuen in der Mitte, 27. Oktober 2012.