Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
|Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs|
|Formed||20 November 1920|
|Jurisdiction||Austrian Federal Government|
|Headquarters||Minoritenplatz 8, Innere Stadt, Vienna|
|Agency executive||Michael Spindelegger (ÖVP), Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Austria|
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The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (German: Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, abbreviated BMeiA, colloquially Außenministerium) is Austria's foreign ministry. As a department of the Austrian Federal Government, it is responsible for the country's foreign policy, its diplomatic missions and relations to international organisations, especially the European Union.
The current Foreign Minister of Austria (Bundesminister für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten) is Michael Spindelegger, who was appointed upon the 2008 legislative election. He has also acted as Vice-Chancellor of Austria since 2011.
The former Federal Ministry for External Affairs (Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, BMaA) was renamed on 1 March 2007. It is responsible for a variety of matters concerning Austria’s foreign policy and relations, including matters of public international law, treaties and Austria's international representation in receiving states as well as to international organisations. It grants support for Austrian citizens staying or living abroad and foreign aid by mutual legal assistance treaties.
The ministry is also concerned with economic integration, European Union law, the Austrian relations to Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as development aid. It is responsible for matters of the International Atomic Energy Agency with its seat in Vienna, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Red Cross. The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, formerly part of the ministry, since 1996 forms an autonomous organisation.
The history of international diplomacy is closely connected to Vienna. Diplomats were for the first time classified as such at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Furthermore, the United Nations' conferences which led to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) were both held in Austria's capital city.
The year 1720 is considered to be the origin of an independent Austrian diplomatic service, which was when Emperor Karl VI assigned the administration of foreign relations to a separate minister. After the break-up of the monarchy, foreign affairs were attended to by the Federal Chancellery. It was not before 1959 that a separate Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs (German: Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten or BMaA) was established.
With the new government under Federal Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer, the former BMaA was renamed to better reflect and express "the interconnection, networking, partnership and solidarity characterising Austria's international relations," as former Minister Plassnik put it. The old name had "rather conveyed the additional nuance of a demarcation."
List of Austrian Foreign Ministers 
First Republic, 1918 to 1938 
|Foreign Ministers of the First Republic|
|Name||Term of Office||Party|
|Johann Schober*||1921–1922||public official|
|Walter Breisky*||1922||public official|
|Leopold Hennet||1922||public official|
|Johann Schober**||1929–1930||public official|
|Johann Schober||1930–1932||public official|
*also State or Federal Chancellor
**as Federal Chancellor
Second Republic, since 1945 
|Foreign Ministers of the Second Republic|
|Name||Term of Office||Party|
|Kurt Waldheim||1968–1970||no party affiliation|
|Rudolf Kirchschläger||1970–1974||no party affiliation|
|Erich Bielka||1974–1976||no party affiliation|
|Willibald Pahr||1976–1983||no party affiliation|
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