Kurz government

cabinet of Austria
2017
Date formed18 December 2017 (2017-12-18)
Date dissolved3 June 2019 (2019-06-03)
People and organisations
Appointed byAlexander Van der Bellen
ChancellorSebastian Kurz (2017–19)
Hartwig Löger (acting; 2019)
Vice-ChancellorHeinz-Christian Strache (2017–19)
Hartwig Löger (2019)
Member partiesPeople's Party
Freedom Party (2017–19)
Status in legislatureMajority coalition (2017–19)
Semi-technocratic minority cabinet (2019)
No. of ministers13
Opposition partiesSocial Democratic Party
Freedom Party (2019–present)
NEOS
JETZT
Opposition leaderChristian Kern (SPÖ)
(2017-2018)
Pamela Rendi-Wagner (SPÖ)
(2018-2019)
History
Election(s)2017 legislative election
PredecessorKern government
SuccessorBierlein government

The Kurz government (German: Bundesregierung Kurz) was the national government of Austria in office from 18 December 2017 until 3 June 2019. It succeeded the Kern government, following the 2017 election. Sebastian Kurz, leader of the centre-right ÖVP, reached an agreement on a coalition with the far-right FPÖ, making him chancellor of Austria. The cabinet was appointed by President Alexander Van der Bellen.[1]

In the wake of the May 2019 Ibiza affair, Kurz tore up the coalition agreement and called for a snap election, which was ultimately held on Sunday, 29 September 2019, after some disagreements over the timing. Kurz announced that his government would run as a minority technocratic caretaker government until the election.[2] However, on 27 May 2019, his government was dismissed by the National Council through a motion of no confidence, the first successful parliamentary vote of no confidence in the Second Republic.[3] On 3 June 2019, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in an interim technocratic government led by Brigitte Bierlein, who is due to hold office until the formation of a new government following the September 2019 parliamentary election.

Composition

Image Name Office Took office Left office Party

Leadership[edit]

Sebastian Kurz Chancellor of Austria
(2017-2019)
18 December 2017 28 May 2019 ÖVP
Hartwig Löger Acting Chancellor of Austria
(2019)
Vice Chancellor of Austria
(2019)
Minister of Finance
(2017-2019)
18 December 2017 3 June 2019 ÖVP
Heinz-Christian Strache Vice Chancellor of Austria
Minister of Civil Service and Sports
18 December 2017 22 May 2019 FPÖ

Ministers[edit]

Eckart Ratz Minister of the Interior 22 May 2019 3 June 2019 Independent
Herbert Kickl Minister of the Interior 18 December 2017 22 May 2019 FPÖ
Karin Kneissl Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs 18 December 2017 3 June 2019 Independent
(FPÖ nominated)
Josef Moser Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice 18 December 2017 3 June 2019 Independent
(ÖVP nominated)
Johann Luif Minister of Defence 22 May 2019 3 June 2019 Independent
Mario Kunasek Minister of Defence 18 December 2017 22 May 2019 FPÖ
Heinz Faßmann Minister of Education, Science and Research 18 December 2017 3 June 2019 Independent
(ÖVP nominated)
Walter Pöltner Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection 22 May 2019 3 June 2019 Independent
Beate Hartinger-Klein Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection 18 December 2017 22 May 2019 FPÖ
Valerie Hackl Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology 22 May 2019 3 June 2019 Independent
Norbert Hofer Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology 18 December 2017 22 May 2019 FPÖ
Elisabeth Köstinger Minister of Sustainability and Tourism 18 December 2017 3 June 2019 ÖVP
Margarete Schramböck Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs 8 January 2018 3 June 2019 ÖVP
Juliane Bogner-Strauß acting Minister of Civil Service and Sports 22 May 2019 3 June 2019 ÖVP

Chancellery ministers[edit]

Gernot Blümel Chancellery minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media 18 December 2017 3 June 2019 ÖVP
Juliane Bogner-Strauß Chancellery minister for Women, Families and Youth 18 December 2017 3 June 2019 ÖVP

State secretaries[edit]

Hubert Fuchs State secretary in the Ministry of Finance 18 December 2017 22 May 2019 FPÖ
Karoline Edtstadler State secretary in the Ministry of the Interior 18 December 2017 3 June 2019 ÖVP

See also: Federal Ministries (Austria)

Actions

Main article: Actions of the Kurz government

See also

References

  1. ^ "Kurz Set to Become Austrian Chancellor, Backed by Nationalists". Bloomberg. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Austria's Kurz Turns to Technocrat Cabinet as Populists Ousted". Bloomberg. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Kabinett Kurz verliert Misstrauensabstimmung". orf.at (in German). Retrieved 27 May 2019.