The Federal Chancellor

On December 18, 2017, Sebastian Kurz was sworn in as Federal Chancellor of Austria.


Sebastian Kurz was born on August 27, 1986 in Vienna.

From November 2010 until April 2011 he acted as member of the Vienna City Council.

On April 21, 2011, he was appointed as State Secretary for Integration at the Federal Ministry for the Interior.

On December 16, 2013, Sebastian Kurz was sworn in as Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs (from March 1, 2014, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs). In 2014, he was Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and in 2017 he acted as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE during the Austrian Chairmanship.


Responsibilities and Functions

The Austrian Federal Chancellor is the head of government. However, he does not have the authority to direct the other members of the Cabinet.

The Chancellor and the other members of the Austrian Cabinet chosen upon his advice are appointed or removed from office by the Federal President of Austria (head of state). Neither the appointment of the Chancellor nor the appointment of the members of the Austrian Cabinet needs to be confirmed by the Austrian Parliament. However, the Parliament can pass a vote of no confidence against individual members of the Cabinet or the entire administration. As a consequence, the Cabinet or the respective Minister would have to resign.

The Vice-Chancellor acts as a deputy to the Chancellor in all his spheres of responsibilities. If both – the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor – are simultaneously unavailable, the Federal President appoints a cabinet member to act as a deputy to the Chancellor.

The Chancellor countersigns the federal acts executed by the President. If the President is unavailable, all his duties are assigned to the Chancellor for a period not to exceed 20 days.


Source: Federal Chancellery of Austria (Bundeskanzleramt Oesterreich)

Photo: BKA, Andy Wenzel