Luis Durnwalder

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Luis Durnwalder (2012)

Alois "Luis" Durnwalder (born September 23, 1941 in Pfalzen ) is a former politician of the South Tyrolean People's Party and from 1989 to 2014 was Governor of South Tyrol .


Durnwalder attended elementary school in Hofern (municipality of Kiens ) and subsequently the grammar school of the Neustift monastery near Brixen . He then studied agricultural sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna . After acquiring the title of qualified engineer in 1966, the recognition procedure at the University of Florence followed , which established that his Austrian degree was equivalent to the laurea in scienze e tecnologie agrarie . He also attended law courses at the universities of Vienna and Innsbruck . During his studies, Durnwalder began to get involved in politics, and from 1964 to 1965 he was chairman of the South Tyrolean student body .

In 1967 Durnwalder became director of the South Tyrolean Farmers' Union , and in 1969, as a candidate for the South Tyrolean People's Party, he became mayor of his home town of Pfalzen. In 1973 he was able to win a mandate for the South Tyrolean state parliament and at the same time for the regional council of Trentino-South Tyrol . In his first legislative period he was elected as a deputy assessor in the regional government and served as vice- president of the state parliament from 1976 to 1978. After the state elections in 1978 , he became a member of the state government and took over the agriculture department as a state councilor in the Magnago V cabinet . He also held the same function in the following Magnago VI cabinet . From 1989 to 2014 he headed the state government in the Durnwalder I , Durnwalder II , Durnwalder III , Durnwalder IV and Durnwalder V cabinets as governor. In the state elections in 1998 and 2003 he was able to unite more than 100,000 preferential votes from South Tyroleans of all language groups. In accordance with a politically agreed principle of rotation that alternates between the South Tyrolean and the Trentino governor at the head of the Trentino-Alto Adige region , he was also the first German-speaking politician to take over the presidency of the regional government in the years 2004-2006 and 2009-2011 (in 2006 –2009 and 2009–2014 he was Vice President). He was also the founding president of the Free University of Bolzano from 1997 to 2002 .

On August 16, 2012, Luis Durnwalder stated at a press conference that he would no longer be a candidate for the 2013 state elections and that his political career would end. His successor as governor was Arno Kompatscher .

honors and awards


  • Robert Asam: The Luis: Luis Durnwalder's rise to power . Athesia, Bozen 2001, ISBN 978-8882661298
  • Pinuccia Di Gesaro: Luis Durnwalder - Il Presidente . Edizioni Praxis, Bozen 2013, ISBN 978-8896134177
  • Peter Plaikner: Luis Durnwalder: The South Tyrolean and European . Styria Premium, Vienna 2011, ISBN 978-3222133473
  • Luis Durnwalder , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 04/2014 from January 21, 2014, in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)

Web links

Commons : Luis Durnwalder  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Notes and individual references

  1. This made Durnwalder a dottore agronomo in Italy . The doctorate at the University of Florence, cited in various biographies, is based on the misinterpretation of the meanings customary in South Tyrol but deviating from the rest of the German-speaking area by Dr. and doctorate back; the doctorate was not introduced in Italy until 1980 (see Doctor # Italy ).
  2. "My farewell is necessary". Südtirol Online , August 16, 2012, archived from the original on January 1, 2015 ; Retrieved February 9, 2015 .
  3. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF file; 6.59 MB)
  4. ^ Message on the website of the Province of South Tyrol from November 17, 2001 ( Memento from September 14, 2012 in the web archive )
  5. ( Memento from September 6, 2012 in the web archive )
  7. Archived copy ( memento of October 7, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Meeting of LH Pröll and LH Durnwalder in St. Pölten in the Lower Austrian Press Service on September 28, 2012, accessed on September 28, 2012.