b. Euratsfeld (Lower Austria), June 10, 1934, civil servant and politician (Austrian People´s Party). 1962-1966 member of the OEEC-delegation in Paris, secretary and head of cabinet of Federal Chancellor J. Klaus, official and minister of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 1971-1978 chairman of the Austrian Federation of Workers and Employees (OeAAB), 1979-1989 federal party chairman of the Austrian People´s Party OeVP, 1979-1998 president of the European and International Democratic Union; 1969-1970 Federal Minister of Education, 1970-1987 and 1995-1999 member of the Nationalrat (1978-1987 chairman of the parliamentary group), 1987-1989 Vice Chancellor and 1987-1995 Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs. Head of the Austrian delegation during Austria's membership negotiations with the European Union. Strong supporter of European integration.
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