Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism

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AustriaAustria  Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
Austrian Authority
BMLRT Logo.svg
State level Federation
Position of the authority Federal Ministry
Headquarters Vienna 1 , Stubenring 1
Authority management Elisabeth Köstinger , Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
Budget volume EUR 2.67 billion (2020)
Website www.bmlrt.gv.at
Elisabeth Köstinger , Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, regions and tourism (short BMLRT ) is that for agricultural policy , the forest policy , the hunting , the fishing , the wine law , the water law , the tourism , parts of animal protection , the postal service , the telecommunications and the civil service responsible Federal Ministry the Republic of Austria . It has had this name since January 29, 2020.


Headquarters of the Federal Ministry in the former War Ministry Stubenring 1 (June 2006)

Ministry of Agriculture in Austria-Hungary (1867–1918)

The Imperial and Royal Agriculture Ministry for Cisleithanien (Austrian Lands: Habsburg Hereditary Lands and Bohemian Crown) was founded in 1867. In addition to agricultural matters, forestry matters were also subordinate to him from the start , as well as hunting and fishing, as well as hydraulic engineering (as long as it was not a matter of traffic or military interests). An important year in this regard is 1884, which is considered to be the founding year of today's Federal Hydraulic Engineering Administration (amelioration law, now hydraulic engineering promotion law ) as well as torrent and avalanche control .

The first minister was Alfred Józef Potocki .

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in the First Republic (1918–1934)

In the First Republic , the Ministry was called the State Office for Agriculture from 1918 to 1919 , then the State Office for Agriculture and Forestry . The first republican state secretary was Josef Stöckler from November 12, 1918 . From 1920 the office was called the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry , the first Federal Minister of Austria was Karl Renner from June 24, 1920.

Ministry in the state until the "Anschluss" (1934–1938)

With the “Anschluss” of Austria , the Ministry ceased to exist in 1938.

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in the Second Republic (1945–2000)

In April 1945, a state office for agriculture and forestry was provisionally set up again in the Second Republic ; State Secretary was Rudolf Buchinger . Then the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was restored, the first minister after the Second World War was Josef Kraus from 26 Sep. 1945.

Federal Ministry for Health and Environmental Protection (1972–1987)

On February 2, 1972, environmental protection concerns from three other departments were combined and initially linked to the health department. In 1975, with the new forest law, torrent and avalanche control came into being , which was incorporated into forestry (previously the forestry service for torrent and avalanche control ), so the agendas of water management, insofar as they are a federal matter, were upgraded.

The first Federal Minister for Health and Environmental Protection was Ingrid Leodolter .

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Youth and Family (1987–2000)

On April 1, 1987, the Environment Minister Marilies Flemming gave up the responsibility for health and took over responsibility for youth and family instead. This combination of family and environment ministries was interrupted from May 4, 1995 to May 1, 1996, when Martin Bartenstein was the only environment minister. However, on March 12, 1996, and definitely on May 1, 1996, he also took over the family department.

Combination of tasks of the Ministry of Life (2000-2014)

In 2000, in the Schüssel I government, the environmental responsibilities of the Ministry of the Environment were combined with the Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry of Environment's responsibilities for youth and families were transferred to the Ministry of Social Affairs .

In 2004, the then Environment Minister Josef Pröll launched the four-week campaign “ Sustainable Weeks” , which is intended to draw attention to ecological and socially acceptable products once a year with the aim of creating awareness for sustainable consumption.In 2010, after Nikolaus Berlakovich took office , the campaign was continued as a year-round initiative under the name “Buy consciously”.

A project to promote traditional cuisine in Austria was created in 2009 with the traditional food project , in which, in cooperation with the Austrian Culinary Heritage Board, products are recorded that have been anchored in the respective region for at least three generations or 75 years.

In order to strengthen the importance of food from the own region, the umbrella brand Genuss Region Österreich has been awarded together with Agrarmarkt Austria since 2011 .

Restructuring in 2014

In March, Minister Rupprecht, who has been in office since December 2013, presented his basic political program and at the same time announced a structural reorganization of the BMLFUW. Section I (Law) is to be dissolved. Furthermore, the Minister announced the renaming of the BMLFUW from the Ministry of Life to the Ministry for an Austria worth living in .

Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (2018-2020)

In 2018, the Ministry of Economic Affairs gave the Ministry responsibility for energy, mining and tourism. In this context, the name was changed to the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism

In 2020, the Ministry handed over responsibility for the environment and energy to the previous Ministry of Transport, which was also renamed the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology . On the other hand, it was given the responsibility for post and telecommunications from the transport department and the Ministry of the Interior for community service . It was renamed the Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.


The Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism is responsible for:

  • Agricultural policy and law matters, excluding food control.
    • Agricultural research, experimentation, testing and control.
    • Rural development affairs.
  • Forest policy and forest law matters.
    • Forestry research, testing, testing and control.
    • Torrent and avalanche control.
  • Organization of the internal market with regard to agricultural, nutritional and forestry products as well as seeds and planting material, feed, fertilizers and plant protection products including approval, as well as plant protection equipment with the exception of price regulation, price monitoring and matters of price gouging.
    • Quality class regulations, plant breeding and seeds.
    • Import offset; Sales and recycling measures.
    • Customs confirmation traffic.
    • Stock keeping.
  • Regulation of import and export
    • of goods that are the subject of primary production in domestic agriculture, as well as meat and meat products, flour and semolina, milk powder, butter, cheese and other dairy products, wines, animal feed preparations and
    • with regard to phytosanitary issues.
  • Wine law and supervision.
  • Land reform matters and procedures of agricultural authorities; Traffic with agricultural and forestry land; Debt relief for agriculture and forestry.
  • Matters of water law and water management with the exception of hydraulic engineering matters relating to waterways and water supply and sewerage.
    • Water management research, testing, testing and control.
    • Administration of public water resources, unless this is the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location.
    • Matters of substitute performance in proceedings according to § 31 WRG 1959.
    • Matters of urban water management, environmental promotion and the promotion of municipal and operational urban water management.
    • Environmental and Water Management Fund matters.
  • Phytosanitary matters.
  • School maintenance matters at federal schools in agriculture and forestry as well as service law matters for teachers at agricultural and forestry schools, insofar as these are not the responsibility of the Federal Chancellery.
  • Agriculture and forestry stock exchange.
  • Matters of the professional representation of the self-employed in the field of agriculture and forestry.
  • Affairs of the Federal Offices for Agriculture and the Federal Agricultural Agencies.
  • Administration of the federal properties specifically used for agriculture and forestry, including the affairs of the Österreichische Bundesforste AG, the federal gardens and the Spanish riding school.
  • Matters of hunting and fishing.
  • Safeguarding the water law and water management issues with regard to all border waters and the hydraulic engineering issues with regard to the border waters vis-à-vis other countries, as long as this does not concern the navigable rivers Danube, March and Thaya from the state border at Bernhardsthal to the confluence with the March.
  • Mining affairs.
  • The regulation of the postal and telecommunications system.
    • This includes, in particular, telecommunications matters relating to radio and television.
  • Community service matters.
  • Affairs of tourism.
  • Coordination of the financial management of the European Regional Fund.
  • Coordination in matters of spatial research, spatial planning, spatial planning and regional policy including the coordination of regional programs within the framework of the EU structural funds


The Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism is structured as follows.

  • Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
    • Cabinet of the Federal Minister
  • Secretary General
    • EU financial control and internal audit
    • Financial control of the ERDF
    • Central legal service
      • Department RD 1: Legal Policy Department
      • Department RD 2: Legistics and legal coordination
      • Department RD 3: Parliamentary and Council of Ministers Service
      • Community service department
    • Control and Services Section
      • Department PR / 1: Human Resources
      • Department PR / 2: Personnel and Organizational Development
      • Department PR / 3: Budget
      • Department PR / 4: schools, centers for teaching and research
      • Department PR / 5: Communication and Service
      • PR / 6 Department: ICT Policy Issues and ICT Management
      • Department PR / 7: Central Services
      • Department PR / 8: Research, Development and Business Service
      • Ombudsman
    • Section I: Water Management
      • Department I / 1: Water law enforcement
      • Department I / 2: National and international water management
      • Department I / 3: Water balance
      • Department I / 4: Plant-related water management
      • Department I / 5: Water Legistics and Water Economics
      • Department I / 6: Protective water management
      • Department I / 7: Urban Water Management
    • Section II: Agriculture and Rural Development
      • Department II / 1: Agricultural Policy, Data Management and Training
      • Department II / 2: Coordination of Rural Development and Fisheries Fund
      • Department II / 3: agri-environment, mountain farmers and less-favored areas, organic farming
      • Department II / 4: Direct Payments & INVEKOS
      • Department II / 5: Herbal Products
      • Department II / 6: Animal products
      • Department II / 7: Fruit, vegetables, wine, special crops
      • Department II / 8: Agricultural value chain and nutrition
      • Department II / 9: EU coordination for agriculture and regional development
      • Department II / 10: International Agricultural and Trade Policy
    • Section III: Forestry and Sustainability
      • Department III / 1: Forest Policy, Forest Economics and Forest Information
      • Department III / 2: Forest Legistics, Legal Policy and Professional Qualifications
      • Department III / 3: Forest protection, forest development and forest support
      • Department III / 4: WLV and protection forest policy
    • Section IV: Telecommunications, Post and Mining
      • Technology transfer and security research
      • Telekom Group, Post
        • Department IV / 1: Policy matters
        • Department IV / 2: Law
        • Department IV / 3: Technology
        • Information and communication infrastructure staff unit
      • Mining group
        • Department IV / 4: Mining - Legal Matters
        • Department IV / 5: Mineral Resources Policy
        • Department IV / 6: Mining - Technology and Safety
        • Department IV / 7: Mining Authority West (+ Salzburg branch)
        • Department IV / 8: Mining Authority South (+ Leoben branch)
        • Department IV / 9: Mining Authority East
    • Section V: Tourism and Regional Policy
      • Department V / 1: Tourism Policy
      • Department V / 2: International Tourism Affairs
      • Department V / 3: Tourism - Service Point
      • Department V / 4: Tourism subsidies
      • Department V / 5: Coordination of regional policy and spatial planning
      • Department V / 6: Innovation, Local Development and Cooperation

Business areas

The Federal Ministry has the following subordinate offices.

The following outsourced institutions are assigned to the department:

Federal Minister


  • Otto Dornik: 100 Years of the Ministry of Agriculture , Festschrift, published by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Österreichischer Agrarverlag, Vienna 1967. ( Excerpts in the Google book search)
  • Report on the activities of the Kk Agriculture Ministry . Imperial and Royal Court and State Printing House, Vienna 1874–1899. ( Seven- volume series, ÖNB signature LZ01019922 )

Web links

Commons : Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Finance Act 2020. (PDF) Federal Ministry of Finance, accessed on June 21, 2020 (page 550).
  2. cf. on this, KK Agriculture Ministry: History of Austrian agriculture and forestry and their industries 1848-1898. Festschrift, 3rd volume, Verlag M. Perles, Vienna 1899, section II. Hydraulic engineering and meliarization , in particular chapters 1. (Starkenfels: legal foundations ) and 2. (Schrey: general presentation ), p. 155 ff ( archive. org ).
  3. wirtschaftszeit.at “An initiative makes it sustainable - Sustainable Weeks 2004” from September 14, 2004, accessed on February 23, 2012.
  4. oekonews.at “Initiative Buy Consciously” from May 21, 2010, accessed on February 23, 2012.
  5. Traditional Food , accessed October 12, 2014.
  6. The GENUSS REGION ÖSTERREICH brand ( memento from November 29, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) accessed on March 30, 2012.
  7. ^ Political policy program ( memento of April 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) accessed on April 25, 2014.
  8. Rupprecht saves two sections. In: derStandard.at. April 2, 2014, accessed December 3, 2017 .
  9. ^ Federal Ministries Act 1986. Accessed on January 29, 2020 .
  10. ^ Organization chart of the Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism. Retrieved January 29, 2020 .
  11. ^ Offices of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. Retrieved November 16, 2017 .