Secretary-General Dr. Michael Linhart

Generalsekretär Michael Linhart
Generalsekretär Michael LinhartPicture: BMEIA/D. Tatic

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The Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs is responsible for the central administration of all political and organisational matters of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

As Secretary-General I am also a member of the National Security Council, which advises the Federal Government in all principal matters of foreign, security and defense policy. In addition the Secretary-General is Head of the Section I (Central Affairs) of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

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Michael Linhart
Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs

Dr. Michael LINHART - Curriculum vitae

  • born on 31st August 1958 in Ankara
  • 1976 Graduation in the Jesuit High School "Stella Matutina" in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg
  • 1976 – 1977 Service in the Austrian Federal Army; Officer of reserve
  • 1977 – 1985 Law Studies, Graduation to Doctor of Laws and Judicial year
  • January 1986 Entry into service at the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs (BMaA)
  • 1986 – 1988 Service at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different directorates (OSCE, Consular Affairs, Multilateral Economic Affairs), as well as at the Austrian Embassy in Addis Abeba
  • 1988 – 1992 Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy in Damascus
  • 1992 – 1995 Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy in Zagreb
  • 1995 – 2000 Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Wolfgang Schüssel
  • 2000 – 2000 Cabinet of the Federal Chancellor, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Chancellor W. Schüssel
  • 2000 – 2003 Austrian Ambassador to Syria
  • 2003 – 2007 Director General of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation
  • 2007 – 2012 Austrian Ambassador to Greece
  • 2012 - 2013 Director General, Department for Development Cooperation at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
  • Aug to Nov 2013 Deputy Secretary General at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
  • since 1st December 2013 Secretary General at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs

married to Silvia Linhart, born Vlasich, (High School Professor),
3 children: Johannes, Anna, Agnes