Federal Chancellor of Austria (2000–2007); Chairman of DER-Dialog-Europe-Russia
Dr Schüssel served as a member of the Austrian Parliament (1975–1989). He worked as Minister for Economic Affairs (1989–1995) and he was Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995–1999). Dr Schüssel played a key role in Austria’s EU Presidency of the Council of General and Foreign Affairs (July–December 1998). He also worked as National Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party (1995–2007).
Serving as Federal Chancellor of Austria, amongst other things, he strove for the integration of Austria into the European Union. Austria held the EU Presidency (January– June 2006) and Dr Schüssel was Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party parliamentary group (2006-2008).
Since 2007 Dr Schüssel has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bertelsmann Foundation and since 2010 he has been a member of the supervisory board of RWE AG. Since 2008 he has been President of the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria. Together with Ambassador Martin Vukovich he established the Think Tank “DER-Dialog-Europe-Russia” (2011).