Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, Austria
Dr. Erhard Busek was born in Vienna, Austria, on March 25, 1941. He received his law degree from the University of Vienna in 1963. During his studies, he also served as Chairman of the Austrian Youth Council.
He began his professional career in 1964 as legal adviser to the association of the parliamentarians of the Austrian People’s Party. He then served as Secretary General of the Austrian Federation for Trade and Commerce (1968-1975). In 1975 he was appointed Secretary General of the Austrian People’s Party and was elected Member of Parliament later that year. Dr. Busek gained additional experience in administration between 1968-1976 while with a publishing firm in the economic field.
In 1976 Dr. Busek entered municipal politics. He was City Councilor and was elected Deputy-Mayor of Vienna in 1978, a position he held until 1987. He was appointed Minister for Science and Research in April 1989. From 1994 until May 1995 Dr. Busek was Minister for Education. He was elected Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party in 1991 and served as Vice-Chancellor of Austria from 1991 to 1995. In early 2000 Dr. Erhard Busek was appointed as Special Representative of the Austrian Government on EU-Enlargement. He served in that position until December 2001.
Dr. Busek has delivered many lectures on domestic and foreign topics and has participated in many conferences in Austria and abroad. He is Dr. hc. of the Universities of Krakow, Bratislava, Brasov, Czernowitz, Liberec, Rousse, and Prishtina, Webster-St. Louis University Vienna, IEDC-Bled School of Management, and Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC, USA and at the University of Agriculture in Vienna.
From January 2002 to June 2008 Dr. Busek served as Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.
Presently he is the Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI); Chairman of the “Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe”; President of the Vienna Economic Forum (VEF), President of the EU-Russia Centre, Chairman of the University Council of the Medical University of Vienna, Chairman of the Advisory Board of “ERSTE Foundation”, and holds a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam.