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Dr. Erhard Busek

European Center for Environmental Economy (ECEE)
Founding Member
Born in Vienna, Austria, on March 25, 1941, Erhard Busek 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 1964 as legal adviser to the Association of parliamentarians of the Austrian People`s Party, he then served as Secretary General of the Austrian Federation for Trade and Commerce (1968-75). In 1975 he was appointed Secretary General of the Austrian People`s Party and elected Member of Parliament later that year. Experience in administration was possible not only in this organisation but also between 1968-76 in a publishing firm in the economic field.

In 1976 Dr. Busek entered municipal politics. He was City Councilor and after the elections in 1978, he won the seat of Deputy-Mayor of Vienna, a position he held until 1987. He was appointed Minister for Science and Research in April 1989. In 1994 until May 1995 Dr. Busek was Minister for Education.

Dr. Busek was elected Chairman of the Austrian People´s Party, 1991 and appointed Vice-Chancellor of Austria from 1991 to 1995. From March 2000 until December 2001 he was Special Representative of the Austrian Government for the Enlargement of the European Union.

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 at the Universities of Brasov, Krakow, Bratislava, Czernowitz and Webster University, Visiting professor at Duke University, NC, USA and University of Agriculture, Vienna. In 2004 he became rector of the technical college of Salzburg, Austria.

He was Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe since 2002. Besides this function he is Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), President of Vienna Economic Forum and the European Forum Alpbach, Chairman of the "Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe"

Dr. Busek´s publications include:

"Die unvollende Republik", Vienna (1968);

"Demokratiekritik - Demokratiereform" (1969), together with G. Wilflinger;

"Urbanisierung" (1970), together with other authors;

"Qualitative Marktwirtschaft" (1975), togehter with Ch. Festa and I. Görner;

"Wien - ein bürgerliches Credo", Vienna (1978);

"Mut zum aufrechten Gang", Vienna (1983);

"Projekt Mitteleuropa" (1986), together with E. Brix;

"Wissenschaft, Ethik und Politik" (1989), together with M. Peterlik;

"Brücken in die Zukunft - Weltausstellung Wien-Budapest 1995", Vienna (1989);

"Sprache und Phantasie - Ein Gespräch zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik", Editor E. Busek and M. Peterlik, Verlag für Geschichte und Politik, Vienna (1984);

"Wissenschaft und Freiheit - Ideen zu Universität und Universalität", Herausgeber E. Busek und M. Peterlik, Verlag für Geschichte und Politik, Vienna (1989);

"Heimat - Politik mit Sitz im Leben", Vienna (1994);

"Mensch im Wort", Vienna (1994);

"Mitteleuropa - Eine Spurensicherung", Verlag Kremayr & Scheriau, Vienna (1997);

"Politik am Gängelband der Medien", Verlag Jugend & Volk, Vienna (1998);

„Österreich und der Balkan – Vom Umgang mit dem Pulverfaß Europas“, Verlag Molden, Vienna (1999);

“Eine Reise ins Innere Europas. Protokoll eines Österreichers”, Verlag Wieser, Klagenfurt/Vienna (2001);

„Offenes Tor nach Osten“, Molden Verlag, Wien (2003);

„Die Europäische Union auf dem Weg nach Osten“ von Erhard Busek und Werner Mikulitsch, Wieser Verlag, Klagenfurt (2003)

On top of this Mr. Busek has contributed articles to various European books and journals.