Sebastian Kurz

"Austria is not a large country but has great visions."

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True to the motto „Reduce prejudices, create motivation” positive examples of successful integration have been brought to the forefront since 2011 pointing out ways and opportunities in Austria. Meanwhile more than 350 integration ambassadors volunteer, especially at schools, in order to motivate young people to seize their opportunities in Austria.

Increasing the integration budget

Funds have been increased from 55 to 92 million euros. In addition to other purposes these funds will be used to finance value and orientation courses for 20,000 participants and German-language courses for 35,000.

Introduction of obligatory value and orientation courses

The courses are organised on a nationwide basis and are an obligatory part of the training program run by the Labour Market Board.

Revision of the Islam Act

This act bans constant funding from abroad, does not allow any imams of public official status from abroad, and provides legal certainty for Muslim pastoral care and cemeteries. The clarity thus established with regards to rights and obligations has attracted great international interest. 

Recognition Act

This law facilitates the recognition of foreign qualifications and thus integration into the labour market through standardized and faster procedures.

Integration Act

On 16th May 2017 the National Council passed the new Integration Act which we had been calling for since the summer of 2016 but which had always been blocked by the Socialist Party. Now we have finally prevailed on this question and have thus achieved an important step forward for coexistence in Austria.

Integration reports

The annual integration report, drawn up by experts, provides a comprehensive overview of integration in Austria and has thus been an important basis for objectivising the debate since 2011.

Volunteer work for everyone

In Carinthia and Styria, the Provincial laws have been amended so that non-Austrian citizens can now also join the voluntary fire brigade and make a contribution.

Integration structure

Aiming to specifically promote the integration of refugees and immigrants nationwide the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) has set up 7 integration centres in Vienna, St. Pölten, Linz, Graz, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, and Innsbruck, as well as more than 20 mobile counselling centres in diverse municipalities. In 2016, ÖIF employees could thus provide more than 70,000 counselling sessions throughout Austria, one third of which were held in Vienna. Compared with the previous year, in 2016 the number of counselling sessions rose by more than 70 percent.

15a Agreement

All Federal Provinces have signed the 15a agreement with the Government opening the way for special support schemes for three to six-year-old children with language issues.

Integration through achievement.

Migration Crisis.

Closure of the Balkan route

At the Western Balkan Summit in Vienna on February 24th 2016, the decision to close the Western Balkan route was taken jointly by Austria and the countries located along the Western Balkan route. According to a Frontex report this resulted in a decline in arrivals from up to 15,000 per day to less than 1,000 a day. The deal with Turkey subsequently reduced the number even further to less than 100 per day.

On-site assistance - doubling DCA budgets

Funds for bilateral development cooperation will be doubled - from 77 million euros as from 2017 to 154 million euros by 2021. At the same time, the budget for the Relief Fund for Disasters Abroad has been quadrupled - from 5 to 20 million euros. In order to create opportunities on site, economic partnerships have been developed as a central measure.

Structural reform at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

At the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs the first comprehensive structural reform in 20 years has been implemented and the diplomatic missions network has been re-oriented in accordance with political and economic developments - also at the same time highlighting focal areas more distinctly. Particularly relevant in this context: the creation of a business service for supporting the Austrian export industry and the establishment of an office in the Silicon Valley innovation hub.

Opening and expansion of services

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Strengthening Austria as a centre of dialogue and bridge-building

Ukraine Summit in Vienna

In May 2014, at the height of the Ukraine crisis, Austria hosted the Council of Europe Conference with 30 foreign ministers at the Hofburg in Vienna. For the first time in the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, the foreign ministers of the parties involved were sitting at the same table and even shook hands.

Vienna Iran Nuclear Agreement

In June and July 2015, the agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Programme was concluded in Vienna. In the course of these negotiations John Kerry completed the longest continuous foreign sojourn of a US Secretary of State in history.

Viennese Syria and Libya talks

On the 16th and 17th of May 2016 the most important international peace talks were held in Vienna - each with about 20 foreign ministers, including the UN veto powers.

Vienna Future Talks

The Vienna Future Talks in November 2015 were the first international conference dealing with the long-term perspective of integration offering a stage for an exchange between integration ministers and experts from more than 20 countries. The second conference was held recently in January 2017.

Western Balkans Summit

In August 2015, the summit was held in Vienna, with heads of government, foreign ministers and economic ministers from 11 countries as well as representatives of the European Commission, International Financial Institutions and the OECD.

'Advertising value for Austria'

According to Change communications, the advertising value for Vienna as a congress destination and Austria as a holiday location totals around 100 million euros per negotiation round.

Strengthening Austria's pioneering role in nuclear disarmament

With 158 participants and 900 experts the conference in December 2014 was the starting point for Austria's multilateral initiatives ("Austrian Pledge").

A leading role in humanitarian initiatives (Humanitarian Pledge) & UN resolution

Austria's appeal, explicitly calling for a ban on nuclear weapons in international law and their elimination, was supported by 120 states. At the UN General Assembly in 2016, an initiative for a ban on nuclear weapons was presented for 2017, and in October jointly with 56 other countries a resolution was submitted to the First Committee of the UN General Assembly which was adopted by 123 states. In 2017 an international conference will negotiate about a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons.

Strengthening Austria's pioneering role in nuclear disarmament

Closure of the
Balkan route

At the Western Balkan Summit in Vienna on February 24th 2016, the decision to close the Western Balkans route was agreed upon by Austria and countries along the route. According to the Frontex report, this resulted in a decline in arrivals of up to 15,000 people per day to less than 1,000 people per day. By agreeing on the Turkey deal those numbers then declined to under 100 per day.

Assistance on the spot - doubling of funds for DCA

The funding for bilateral development cooperation will be doubled - from 77 million euros from 2017 to 154 million euros by 2021. At the same time, funds for the international disaster fund have quadrupled - from 5 to 20 million euros. In order to create opportunities economic partnerships were developed.

In the Ministry of Europe, Integration & External Affairs the first comprehensive structural reform in over 20 years has been implemented and the network has been reoriented according to political and economic developments. An important point here is the creation of a business service to support the Austrian export industry, including the opening of an office within the innovative sector of Silicon Valley.

Opening and service expansion

Ukraine Summit in Vienna

In May 2014, at the height of the Ukraine crisis, Austria hosted the Council of Europe Conference with 30 foreign ministers at the Hofburg in Vienna. For the first time in the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, the foreign ministers of the parties involved were sitting at the same table and even shook hands.

Iranian Nuclear Agreement

In June and July 2015, the agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Programme was concluded in Vienna. In the course of these negotiations John Kerry completed the longest continuous foreign sojourn of a US Secretary of State in history.

Viennese Syria and Libya talks

On the 16th and 17th of May 2016 the most important international peace talks were held in Vienna - each with about 20 foreign ministers, including the UN veto powers.

Vienna Future Talks

The Vienna Future Talks in November 2015 were the first international conference dealing with the long-term perspective of integration offering a stage for an exchange between integration ministers and experts from more than 20 countries. The second conference was held recently in January 2017.

Western Balkans Summit

In August 2015, the summit was held in Vienna, with heads of government, foreign ministers and economic ministers from 11 countries as well as representatives of the European Commission, International Financial Institutions and the OECD.

'Advertising value for Austria'

According to Change communications, the advertising value for Vienna as a congress destination and Austria as a holiday location totals around 100 million euros per negotiation round.

Strengthening Austria's pioneering role in nuclear disarmament

With 158 participants and 900 experts the conference in December 2014 was the starting point for Austria's multilateral initiatives ("Austrian Pledge").

A leading role in humanitarian initiatives (Humanitarian Pledge) & UN resolution

Austria's appeal, explicitly calling for a ban on nuclear weapons in international law and their elimination, was supported by 120 states. At the UN General Assembly in 2016, an initiative for a ban on nuclear weapons was presented for 2017, and in October jointly with 56 other countries a resolution was submitted to the First Committee of the UN General Assembly which was adopted by 123 states. In 2017 an international conference will negotiate about a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons.

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Graduation (A-levels)

Law studies, University of Vienna, law faculty

 

 

Provincial Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) Vienna

Federal Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP)

Member of Vienna’s Provincial Diet and Vienna’s City Council

State Secretary for Integration

Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Chairman of the Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)

Designated Chairman of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)

Sebastian Kurz was born in Vienna in 1986. In 2003, he joined the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). 

One year later Sebastian Kurz enrolled at the University of Vienna to study law. After several years of political commitment on the district level, he was elected Provincial Chairman of the Young People’s Party of Vienna in 2007.  

One year later he was elected Federal Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party. Until his appointment as State Secretary for Integration in April 2011, he was a Member of Vienna’s Provincial Diet and of Vienna’s City Council.  

On 16th December, 2013 he was sworn in as Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. In September 2015, Sebastian Kurz was elected Chairman of the Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party. The Political Academy is a networking hub as well as an educational centre for future-oriented topics.  

In May 2017 Sebastian Kurz was designated Chairman of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP). 

 


EDUCATION:

June 2004: 

since 2005: 

 

POLITICAL CAREER

2007 - 2012: 

since 2009: 

10/2010 – 4/2011: 

4/2011 – 10/2013: 

since 12/2013: 

since 9/2015:

since 5/2017:

Sebastian Kurz was born in Vienna in 1986. In 2003, he joined the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). 

One year later Sebastian Kurz enrolled at the University of Vienna to study law. After several years of political commitment on the district level, he was elected Provincial Chairman of the Young People’s Party of Vienna in 2007.  

One year later he was elected Federal Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party. Until his appointment as State Secretary for Integration in April 2011, he was a Member of Vienna’s Provincial Diet and of Vienna’s City Council.  

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

In September 2015, Sebastian Kurz was elected Chairman of the Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party. The Political Academy is a networking hub as well as an educational centre for future-oriented topics.  

In May 2017 Sebastian Kurz was designated Chairman of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP).


EDUCATION:

June 2004: 
Graduation (A-levels)

since 2005: 
Law studies, University of Vienna, law faculty

POLITICAL CAREER

2007 - 2012: 
Provincial Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) Vienna

since 2009: 
Federal Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP)

10/2010 – 4/2011: 
Member of Vienna’s Provincial Diet and Vienna’s City Council

4/2011 – 10/2013: 
State Secretary for Integration

since 12/2013: 
Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

since 9/2015: 
Chairman of the Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)

since 5/2017: 
Designated Chairman of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)