Martin Bartenstein

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Martin Bartenstein (2009)

Martin Bartenstein (born June 3, 1953 in Graz ) is an Austrian entrepreneur and politician ( ÖVP ). He was a member of several federal governments from 1994 as State Secretary and from 1995 as Federal Minister . Initially Minister for the Environment , then also Youth and Family , he was Federal Minister for Economics and Labor from February 2000 to December 2008 . Bartenstein was a member of the National Council from 1991 to 1994 and from 2008 to 2013 .

In the legislative period up to 2013 he was a member of the following committees: Committee of inquiry: interception and influencing measures in the area of ​​parliament, main committee , finance committee , foreign affairs committee , transport committee .


After graduating from the Academic High School in Graz, Martin Bartenstein studied chemistry at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz from 1971 to 1978 . In 1978 he was promoted to Dr. phil. PhD. In 1974 he completed a semester at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (USA). In 1978 he joined the family company Lannacher Heilmittel GmbH , which he took over as sole manager in 1980. He held this position until 1995. In 1986 he founded the pharmaceutical company Genericon together with his fellow student Wolfgang Leitner . Martin Bartenstein is today active in the management of Bahopharm GmbH, which holds majority shares in Genericon and GL Pharma GmbH . GL Pharma is a successor company of Lannacher Heilmittel GmbH, which took over the Viennese pharmaceutical manufacturer Gerot Pharmazeutika in 1997 and merged with it in 2009. Critics see this personal close relationship to the pharmaceutical and generics industry as a reason for incompatibility of interests with his political offices.

From 1988 to 1992 Martin Bartenstein was Federal Chairman of the Young Industry in Austria. Bartenstein has been the regional party chairman of the ÖVP Styria since 1992.

In 1991, Bartenstein became a member of the National Council and industry spokesman for the ÖVP, and from 1994 to 1995 he was State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Public Economy and Transport . In 1995 he became Federal Minister for the Environment . In this function he took over the conference presidency for the Montreal Protocol at the Vienna Conference in 1995 . From 1996 he was Federal Minister for the Environment, Youth and Family , whereby a focus of his work was the fight against so-called sects, new and pseudo-religious groups. In 1998 he was President of the Council of EU Representatives at the Climate Change Conference in Buenos Aires.

In 2000 he took over the Ministry of Economics, which has now been transformed into the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor . This amalgamation of the two previously separate departments into one ministry led to fierce criticism, as it was feared that the conflicting interests of employers and employees would be concealed in favor of the entrepreneurs.

After the National Council election in Austria in 2008 , Bartenstein was no longer a member of the Faymann I federal government , but received a seat on the National Council. In the 2013 National Council election, Bartenstein decided not to run.

Bartenstein has been married to Ilse Bartenstein since 1983, has five children and is a member of the Evangelical Church AB

Other public offices

Bartenstein is a permanent member of the OECD Roundtable for Sustainable Development. He held various positions in the Styrian Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Chamber of Commerce. In 1990 he was curator of the ORF . Since 2002 he has been President of the Austrian Basketball Association (ÖBV). Since 1992 he has been chairman of the Styrian Children's Cancer Aid, and since 1993 President of the Children's Cancer Aid.



  • Bartenstein caused negative headlines and public malice in the spring of 2003 with the so-called shoe affair, when he asked for a discount in a shoe store (referred to in the media as a "ministerial discount") and brought this request to the management, where it was granted.
  • Bartenstein is the owner of Lannach Castle , which housed the SS Institute for Plant Genetics during the Nazi dictatorship and was a branch of the Mauthausen concentration camp . Bartenstein says he didn't know anything about this part of the history of Lannach Castle. A study commissioned by himself, under the direction of the historian Stefan Karner , largely exonerates Bartenstein, but contrary to his announcement in May 2007, no memorial plaque has yet been attached to the castle.
  • Bartenstein is a member of the German national " Academic Gymnastics Club Graz ", a non-defeating national-liberal student association that is committed to the "German cultural nation" and "Jahn's gymnastics".
  • Bartenstein took part in the Bilderberg Conference in 2006 and 2007 .
  • Martin Bartenstein has an estimated private fortune of EUR 110 million and describes himself as a “typical medium-sized company”.
  • Martin and Ilse Bartenstein belong to the personal circle of friends of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel . The friendship was founded during the time of the two politicians as environment ministers of their countries.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Website of the Austrian Parliamentary Committees
  2. Barteinstein turns his back on parliament . Kleine Zeitung , November 12, 2012, archived from the original on January 7, 2014 .;
  3. ^ BMWA : Der Minister ( Memento dated December 6, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on January 28, 2008
  4. : Evangelical Bishop Bünker officially taken into office , accessed on January 28, 2008
  5. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  6. Bartenstein: New orders worth 110 million euros for Austrian companies in Russia , on Retrieved February 27, 2016
  7. ^ Bartenstein Castle: Study on the Nazi past relieves the family. On , June 4, 2007. Accessed August 18, 2013
  8. Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik: Graz, former “Türkenloch” in Sporgasse on , a research project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences . Retrieved December 26, 2012
  9. The 100 richest Austrians (Trend 7-8 2005) ( Memento from October 8, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 50 kB) - Union left bloc in the ÖGB
  10. Ex-Minister of Economic Affairs Bartenstein in an interview: “I'm a typical medium-sized company” - profile from May 9, 2009

Web links

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