Organs of the General Settlement Fund
The organs of the General Settlement Fund are the Board of Trustees, the Secretary General and the Claims Committee. Furthermore, an Arbitration Panel for the examination of applications for in rem restitution of publicly-owned property has been established with the General Settlement Fund.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the supreme body of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism, the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism and the Fund for the Restoration of the Jewish Cemeteries in Austria. Its responsibilities include establishing the guidelines and financial regulations for the payments by the Funds. It is also in charge of deciding how to invest the funds and ensuring that they are used for their designated purpose.
The members of the Board of Trustees are: 1. the President of the National Council, 2. the Federal Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, the Federal Minister of Finance and the Federal Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs (or representatives appointed by the respective ministries), 3. twelve further members voted in by the Main Committee of the National Council.
The members voted in by the Main Committee must be members of the National Council or the Federal Council, including former members of the National Council or the Federal Council, other esteemed figures of Austrian public, cultural or academic life or representatives of the victims. They are elected to the Board for the duration of one legislative period and remain in office until replacement members have been elected.
The Board of Trustees is headed by the President of the National Council. Dr. Heinz Fischer (SPÖ) held this position from the establishment of the National Fund in 1995 until the year 2002, followed by Dr. Andreas Khol (ÖVP) from December 2002 until October 2006, Mag. Barbara Prammer (SPÖ) from October 2006 until August 2014, Doris Bures (SPÖ) from September 2014 until November 2017 and Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) from November until December 2017. Mag. Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) has been the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees since December 2017.
The Chairperson proposes members for a Control Committee, who are in office for the duration of the legislative period.
Rudolf Anschober, Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection
Mag. Dr. Gerhard Baumgartner, (Advisory Member)
Dr. Dagmar Belakowitsch, Delegate of the National Council, Club of the Austrian Freedom Party
Mag. Eva Blimlinger, Delegate of the National Council, The Green Group in the Austrian Parliament
Mag. Gernot Blümel, MBA, Federal Minister of Finance
Dr. Helmut Brandstätter, Delegate of the National Council, Club of the Neos
Doris Bures, Second President of the National Council
Oskar Deutsch, President of the Jewish Community Vienna
Mag. Martin Engelberg, Delegate of the National Council, Club of the Austrian People's Party
Dr. Heinz Faßmann, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research
DDr. Barbara Glück, Federal Ministry of the Interior / Mauthausen Memorial
Ing. Norbert Hofer, Third President of the National Council
Prof. Dr. Udo Jesionek, President of the Juvenile Court, retired
Dr. Gerhard Kastelic, (Advisory Member)
Mag. Werner Kogler, Vice Chancellor
Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor
Willi Mernyi, (Advisory Member)
Dr. Gerald Netzl, Working Group of the Concentration Camp Associations and Resistance Fighters
Fritz Neugebauer, (Advisory Member)
Andreas Sarközi, Cultural Association of Austrian Roma
Mag. Alexander Schallenberg, LL.M., Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
Dr. Manfred Scheuer, Bishop of the Diocese Linz; Diocese-Bishop
Mag. Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the National Council (Chairperson)
Thomas Stern, (Advisory Member)
MR Mag. Terezija Stoisits, (Advisory Member)
Dr. Harald Troch, Delegate of the National Council, Club of the Social Democrats Party
MinR. Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Helmut Wohnout, Director-General of the Austrian State Archives