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Othmar KARAS Othmar KARAS
Othmar KARAS

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)


Austria - Österreichische Volkspartei (Austria)

Date of birth : , Ybbs an der Donau

Curriculum vitae Othmar KARAS

Original version : DE

Curriculum vitae   (The MEP is solely responsible for the information published)

Updated: 05/04/2017

Education (qualifications and diplomas)

  • 2013 : Honorary professor, Danube University, Krems, Austria
  • 1997 : Masters’ degree (M.B.L.) (Postgraduate) in European and international economic law, Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 1996 : Masters’ degree (Mag. phil.) in political science, University of Vienna, Austria

Professional career

  • 1999-... : Member of the European Parliament; Committees: Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), • Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), • Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), • Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), • Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (PANA)
  • 2012-2014 : Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • 1995-1999 : Secretary-General of the ÖVP
  • 1993-1995 : Authorised representative of the UNIQA Insurance Group AG
  • 1983-1990 : Member of the Austrian National Council
  • 1981-1995 : Deputy Secretary-General of Bundesländer-Versicherung; Director and manager/fully authorised agent in the banking and insurance industry
  • 1979-1981 : Policy officer for the ÖVP

Political career

Offices held in a political party or national trade union

  • 2006-2009 : Leader of the ÖVP delegation in the European Parliament
  • 2011-... : Leader of the ÖVP delegation in the European Parliament
  • 1981-1991 : Member of the Federal Party Executive of the ÖVP
  • 1995-1999 : Member of the Federal Party Executive of the ÖVP
  • 2006-... : Member of the Federal Party Executive of the ÖVP
  • 2015-... : Member of the Federal Party Committee of the ÖVP
  • 1995-1999 : Member of the Federal Party Board of the ÖVP
  • 1995-1999 : Secretary-General of the ÖVP
  • 1983-1990 : Member of the National Council
  • 1979-1981 : Policy officer for the ÖVP

Offices held in an international political party organisation or an international trade union organisation

  • 2016-... : Member of the Financial Assistance Working Group at the European Parliament
  • 2007-2015 : President of the Robert Schuman Institute, Budapest
  • 2002-2015 : Vice-President of the Robert Schuman Foundation, PPE Group, Brussels
  • 2014-... : Chair, Intergroup on SMEs
  • 2009-2011 : PPE coordinator in the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis (CRIS)
  • 2004-2011 : Vice-chair and treasurer of the PPE Group
  • 2002-2004 : PPE Group spokesman on economic affairs
  • 1999-2004 : Board member and treasurer of the PPE Group

Offices held in the EU institutions

  • 2014-... : Chair, Interparliamentary Delegation for Relations between the European Union and Russia
  • 2012-2014 : Vice-President of the European Parliament, Directorate-General for Communication, 2014 European Parliament election campaign, First European Youth Event, May 2014, Information, Press and Citizens’ Concerns, including the European Parliament’s information offices, Working Group for Information and Communication, with special responsibility for the press and communication with citizens, Interinstitutional Working Party (European Commission, Committee of the Regions) for communication, Conference of European Affairs Committees of National Parliaments (COSAC), meetings and relations with national Parliaments, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to the Conference on Economic Governance in the EU [Article 13, Stability and Growth Pact (TCSG)], United Nations and UNESCO, Multilateral fora (non-security-related), World Bank and IMF

Offices held in other European organisations

  • 2009-2013 : President of the Kangaroo Group

Other activities

  • 03/2016-... : Member of the Board of the Insurance Association
  • 2015-... : Lecturer at Vienna University of Economics
  • 03/2015-... : Professor at the Danube University, Krems, Faculty of Economics and Globalisation/ Department for Migration and Globalisation
  • 2014-... : Lecturer at the Danube University, Krems
  • 2009-... : Founder and spokesman of the Citizens’ Forum Europa2020
  • 2007-... : Lecturer in ethical finance at the Political Science Institute at the University of Vienna
  • 1998-... : President of Hilfswerk Austria


  • Golden Arrow Lifetime Achievement Award (2015)
  • Dr Alois Mock Europe Prize (2014)
  • MEP of the Year (Parliament Magazine) (2013)
  • Kardinal Opilio Rossi Medal (2009)
  • Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria (2003)