Friedhelm Frischenschlager

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Frischenschlager, Friedhelm
Friedhelm Frischenschlager Wien-4-9-2008.jpg
Personal details
Born (1943-10-06)6 October 1943
Salzburg, Austria
Political party Freedom Party of Austria (1971–1993)
Liberal Forum (1993–Present)
Profession Professor

Friedhelm Frischenschlager (born on October 6, 1943 in Salzburg) is an Austria politician and served in the European Parliament. Originally he was a member of the Freedom Party of Austria before co-founding the Liberal Forum in 1993.[1]


Frischenshlager's political career spanned over 4 decades from the 1970s to 2000s.

His career started as a member of the Liberal Party of Austria and deputy of the National Assembly (since 1977). He served as the Federal Minister for Defense (1983-1986) under the administrations of Fred Sinowatz and Norbert Steger. He also served as the party's Deputy Head / Floor Leaders from 1986-1990.[2]

On February 4, 1993, Frischenschlager was one of the liberal members in the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), including five members of the National Council of Austria, who left the party and founded the Liberal Forum.[3] The five National members who co-founded LIF are Heide Schmidt, Klara Motter, Friedhelm Frischenschlager, Hans Helmut Moser, and Thomas Barmüller.[4]

Frischenshlager also served in the European Parliament (1996-1999),[5] Director of the department of democratization of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (2001-2003), and Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists, Brussels (UEF) (since 2005).[6]

In 2006, he became Administrative Head of the post graduate Course of Balkan Studies, University of Vienna (post graduate), together with the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM).[7]