Europe

Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria

Contact

Address: Minoritenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Tel.: +43 (0) 50 11 50 0

Email: sebastian.kurtz@bmeia.gv.at

www.bmeia.gv.at/en/

The Minister

Sebastian Kurz

Minister of Foreign Affairs for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

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Since 2003, Sebastian Kurz has been involved in the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). One year later, Sebastian Kurz started studying Law at the University of Vienna.

In 2007, he became Chairman of the Viennese branch of the Young Austrian People’s Party and was elected as Federal Chairman two years later.

Furthermore, he acted as member of the Vienna City Council until his appointment as State Secretary for Integration in April 2011.

By focusing on the new approach “integration through performance”, Sebastian Kurz succeeded in de-emotionalising the public debate over integration of migrants in the Austrian society.

On December 16th 2013, he was sworn in as Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

The ongoing support of the countries of the Western Balkans on their way towards the European Union and the establishment of a stronger interlinkage between foreign and economic policy through a newly established “Business Support Service” rank among the key aspects of his foreign policy.

Moreover, Sebastian Kurz aims to position Austria as an international bridge builder and a place for dialogue by hosting the Iran Talks and the Syria Peace Talks in Vienna.

Finally, he also enhanced the services provided by the ministry to Austrians living abroad.

In 2014, Sebastian Kurz was Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and will act as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE during the Austrian Chairmanship in 2017.

Besides his involvement in global politics, he also serves as Chairman of the Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party, a think tank and political training institution.

About

Long-term priorities of the Ministry:

  • Promoting Austria’s interests in Europe and the world
  • Strengthening Europe, developing regional solutions
  • Enlargement of the EU to include our neighbouring region, the Western Balkans
  • Security and peaceful development in Europe’s neighbourhood
  • Austria as a venue for dialogue
  • Integration of people who want to make a positive contribution to Austria
  • To provide efficient and citizen-friendly electronic services, which enables ministry to reach citizens in case of emergency.
  • To create a worldwide network promoting Austrian industry and business through business partnerships in the field of development cooperation and by establishing the “Business Support Service Unit”
  • The actively support Austrian companies worldwide
  • To provide insights into the ministry’s work, through internship programs and by hosting regular public discussion events bringing together interested citizens.