Elisabeth Köstinger

Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism Austria

I am an Austrian politician and member of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP).Since December 2017 I am the acting Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism. The Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism covers a broad range of areas including agriculture, fisheries, forestry, the environment and tourism as well as issues related to climate, energy and cohesion policy. Given the broad range of responsibilities and their interconnection, I am striving for a holistic approach to effectively realize an energy transition while protecting the environment and encouraging climate action as well as sustainable agriculture and tourism. It is in this context, that an inclusive Climate and Energy Strategy for Austria (#mission 2030) was presented in summer 2018. Furthermore, I currently serve as the Vice-President of the Political Academy of the ÖVP. Between 2009 and 2017 I represented Austria as a member of the European Parliament (MEP) acting amongst other as spokeswoman for agriculture, environment and women’s affairs of the Austrian delegation of the European People’s Party (EPP) to the European Parliament.

The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) is responsible for key quality-of-life issues and for questions, which are essential in creating a liveable future for our children. The main topics covered are Agriculture, Environment, Forestry, Water, Tourism, Energy and Mining.