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The European Union: Achievements and New Challenges

June 5, 2013

The Basillie School of International Affairs

Wendelin Ettmayer

Wendelin Ettmayer, the former Austrian Ambassador to the Council of Europe, will be at the BSIA to share his thoughts on “The European Union: Achievements and New Challenges.” The talk will take place in BSIA 215 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. It is being co-sponsored by the  Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies.

Wendelin Ettmayer is the former Austrian Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg (April 2005 – 2008). From 2004 – 2005 he was Head of the department for bilateral and multilateral economic relations in the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Prior to that post, he served as the Austrian Ambassador to Finland (with additional accreditation to Estonia; 1994 – 2000), Austrian Ambassador to Canada (with additional accreditation to Jamaica; 2000 – 2003).

In 1966, he was awarded a Doctorate in law at the University of Vienna, and from 1966-77 post graduate studies in political science at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Paris (Science Po). He entered the diplomatic service after graduation from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna in 1969. Following two years of service in the Austrian Foreign Ministry (and military service) seconded to head the office of Alois Mock, then deputy leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (ÖVP) and later serving as foreign minister. From 1977 to 1993 he was a Member of the Austrian National Parliament, and served as Deputy Chairman of the Audit committee; Member of the committees on constitution; internal security, science and education, foreign affairs, Austrian industries.