Austrians in EU Institutions
Austrians are represented in all bodies and institutions of the European Union and contribute to shaping its policy.
Since 10 February 2010 former Federal Minister Johannes Hahn has been active as a member of the European Commission. In the Commission “Barroso II” he has been responsible for regional policy, an area to which a substantial part of the Union’s budget is allocated.
Since October 2009 former Federal Minister Maria Berger has been active as a judge at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. . Since September 2013 Viktor Kreuschitz has been a judge at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (CFIEC).
At the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Harald Wögerbauer is the Austrian
member of the Audit Group I “Preservation and Management of Natural Resources”, whose term in office expired at the end of 2013. The nomination procedure concerning the new Austrian member of the ECA is currently under way.
The European Parliament has 19 directly elected Austrian members. Among them are the Austrian MEP Hannes Swoboda, who is currently the president of the Socialists and Democrats Group, and the Austrian MEP Othmar Karas, who was elected vice-president of the EP in 2012.
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is a consultative body and as such a forum for the representation of regional and local interests regarding European integration. The Committee is made up of 353 representatives from the Member States’ regional and local authorities and prepares its opinions in a total of six technical commissions, the so-called CoR Commissions. Austria is represented by 12 members in this body. The Austrian national delegation is composed of Governors and representatives of the nine Federal Provinces and three members of the Austrian Association of Towns and Cities and the Austrian Association of Municipalities.
The Economic and Social Committee is a consultative body established to incorporate the interests of the representatives of business and social life into the law-making process of the EU. The 353 members of the Economic and Social Committee are organized in "employers", "employees" and "various interests" groups. Austria is represented by twelve members – composed of representatives from the social partners and the Austrian Consumer Protection Association.