Ministry of European and International Affairs (Austria)

Ministry of European and International Affairs (Austria) Member

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Address:Minoritenplatz 8 (HG 13) A 1014 Wien
Contact person:CEO
Sectors:Regional Integration, Trade Regional Integration, Trade
Nr. of employees:501-1000
Types:Government Body Government Body
Status: Active


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Ministry of European and International Affairs (Austria)

Diplomatic relations between states can be traced back to antiquity. But it was not until the fifteenth century that Italian city-states created permanent representations as one of the essential foundations of modern diplomacy. On the occasion of the Congress of Vienna (1815) and the Aachen Protocol (1818), a uniform classification of diplomats was adopted, which was confirmed by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961). In 1963, the consular system was also uniformly regulated by the Vienna Convention on consular relations.

The birth of an independent Austrian diplomatic service is the year 1720, when Emperor Karl VI. entrusted the management of foreign relations to its own minister. After the disintegration of the Danube Monarchy, foreign affairs were carried out by the Federal Chancellery. It was not until 1959 that a separate  Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs was  set up.

With the amendment of the Federal Ministries Act in 2014, the National Council has decided to rename the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (since March 2007) to "Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs" , which took effect on 1 March 2014. Thus, the integration agendas were transferred to the responsibility of the department.

In this area you will be introduced to the direction and organization of the Ministry. The function "Senior Staff" offers you the opportunity to quickly get in touch with employees in Germany and abroad.

In the section "Career Opportunities" you will find information about careers in the Austrian Foreign Service and selected vacancies from European and international organizations.
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