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MEP Othmar KARAS

Austria
Start of mandate:
02.07.2019
Last name:
KARAS
First name:
Othmar
Born:
24.12.1957, Ybbs an der Donau
Group:
Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Special Function:
Vice-President of the European Parliament
Party:
Österreichische Volkspartei
Committees:
Delegations:
Date Name of document MEP's vote Policy area MEP's vote
Date Name of document MEP's vote Loyal / Rebel to political group Policy area MEP's vote

Parliamentary activities

Participation in roll-call votes:
98.59%
 
 
3213 out of 3259 votes
Ranking: 282nd
Loyalty to political group:
96.45%
3099 out of 3213 votes
Ranking: 224th
Loyalty to national party:
94.96%
3051 out of 3213 votes
Ranking: 683rd

Curriculum vitae

  • Education

  • 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), • Co
  • 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
  • Professional career

  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Honours

  • - 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)