Brigitte Zarfl

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Brigitte Zarfl (2019)

Brigitte Zarfl (born August 11, 1962 in Krems an der Donau ) is a top Austrian civil servant. From June 3, 2019 to January 7, 2020 she was Federal Minister for Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection .


After finishing elementary school in Brunn im Felde, Zarfl attended an economics high school for girls , where she graduated in 1980 . She then studied for a few semesters teaching household economics and nutrition as well as chemistry. In 1987 she completed a degree in irregular nutrition science and food technology, after which she did her doctorate in 1996 at the University of Vienna on nutritional epidemiological issues. She was a university assistant at the Institute for Nutritional Sciences and a research assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition.

In 1997 she moved to the health department under Minister Eleonora Hostasch ( SPÖ ), where she worked in the cabinet of the minister as an advisor for general health care. From 2004 she was active in EU social policy and represented Austria in the EU social protection committee. In 2006 she became head of department, in 2009 group leader and deputy section head in the Ministry of Social Affairs. On May 1, 2015, she was appointed head of the presidential section in the Ministry of Social Affairs by Minister of Social Affairs Rudolf Hundstorfer (SPÖ) .

Brigitte Zarfl at the swearing-in of President Alexander Van der Bellen (2019)

On June 3, 2019, she was appointed Federal Minister for Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection in the Bierlein Federal Government . After swearing in by the Federal Government Kurz II in January 2020, she became head of the presidential section again. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic , she was appointed to the coronavirus task force at the Ministry of Health.

Zarfl is the mother of two daughters.

Web links

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Individual evidence

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  2. New President Section Head in the Ministry of Social Affairs - Brigitte Zarfl succeeds Andreas Thaller . Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Ministry of Social Affairs: Sections . Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  4. Brigitte Zarfl on the website of the Austrian Parliament
  5. Brigitte Zarfl: Current knowledge from the field of dietary fiber research: pilot study on the effects of soluble dietary fibers from rye bran on metabolism and digestion . Thesis. University of Vienna, 1987, p. [144] .
  6. Methodological aspects of the nutrition survey: illustrated using the example of the nutritional status of 6 to 18 year old schoolchildren . Retrieved June 1, 2019.
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  9. Transitional period for the transition ministers: Who will be what? In: . January 8, 2020, accessed January 9, 2020 .
  10. Coronavirus - Taskforce: Ministry of Health sets up taskforce. In: Retrieved April 10, 2020 .
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