Erhard Busek is the former Vice-Chancellor of Austria and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe since 2002. He was born on March 25, 1941, in Vienna, Austria.
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 parlamentarians 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. 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. of Faculty of Humanities and Letters
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.From January 2002 he was Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, a position he covered until the handover of the mandate of the Stability Pact to the Regional Co-operation Council. Besides this function he is Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), President of the European Forum Alpbach, Chairman of the “Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe”.