Werner Kogler

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Werner Kogler (2013)

Werner Kogler (born November 20, 1961 in Hartberg , Styria ) is an Austrian politician ( Die Grünen ) and economist . He has been Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Art, Culture, Public Service and Sport in the Federal Government Short II since January 2020 . He has been the federal spokesman for the Greens since October 17, 2017. From October 22, 2019 to January 7, 2020 he was also chairman of the Green Parliamentary Club in the National Council .

From 1999 to 2017 and from 2019 to 2020 he was a member of the National Council . He was the Greens' top candidate for the European elections in Austria 2019 and the National Council election in Austria 2019 , in which his party managed to return to parliament.

Education and professional career

Werner Kogler attended elementary school in Sankt Johann in der Haide between 1968 and 1972 and then switched to the Bundesrealgymnasium in Gleisdorf , which he graduated with the Matura in 1980 . From 1982 Kogler went on to study economics at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz , which he obtained in 1994 with the academic degree Mag. Rer. soc. oec. completed. At the same time, Kogler also studied law. From 1988 Kogler worked on various research projects in theoretical and applied environmental economics . In 1994 he moved to the Green Parliamentary Club as an employee and became a member of the club's management.

Political career

Beginnings in politics and first member of the National Council from 1999 to 2017

Kogler was committed to “ green issues ” at an early stage . In 1981 he was a founding member of the Alternative List Graz and in 1982 a founding member of the Alternative List Styria and Austria. 1984 Kogler got involved in the occupation of the Hainburger Au . Between 1981 and 1988 Kogler was also a board member of the Alternative List Graz.

In 1984 he took part in the occupation of the Hainburger Au and smuggled squatters by bus past the guards.

In 1985 Kogler moved into the Graz municipal council for the Greens, where he worked until 1988. Since 1999, Kogler has been a board member of the Styrian Greens and since the same year also a member of the extended federal board of the Greens. In that year he also gave the book The Climate Connection with his party colleague Karl Öllinger . Friendship. Euroteam: friendship and nepotism in the SPÖ. The Chancellor's apprenticeship scandal. Millions of jobs for party beneficiaries - corruption in the EU out. In November 2005, Kogler was elected state spokesman for the Styrian Greens, and in November 2008 he took over the position of Deputy Club Chairman of the Greens in Parliament. On October 9, 2009, Kogler was elected by the Federal Extended Board with 100 percent approval as the second deputy of Federal Spokeswoman Eva Glawischnig . In May 2010, the Styrian Greens elected him with 93.5 percent - the highest result of all time - as the new top candidate for the state elections on September 26, 2010. Since February 2015, he has been the leader of the Greens in the parliamentary Hypo investigation committee .

After the National Council election in 2017 , in which the Greens failed to meet the 4% hurdle, Kogler left parliament, but after the resignation of Ingrid Felipe acted as interim spokesman for the Greens.

Federal Spokesman for the Greens (since 2018)

At the end of October 2018, Werner Kogler announced that he would apply for the top candidate of the Austrian Greens for the European Parliament election. In doing so, he wants to focus again on classic green issues such as the commitment to an intact environment and the fight against the climate crisis , but also to address social issues and the defense of democracy and European values. Kogler accused the governing parties of the time, ÖVP and FPÖ, of failing in terms of European and environmental policy.

On November 17, 2018, Kogler was elected federal spokesman for the Greens with over 99 percent. He named ecology and justice as his main themes. After the European elections in Austria in 2019 , Kogler renounced his mandate for the EU Parliament , whereby the previous EU MEP Monika Vana took over . On July 6, 2019, he was elected the top candidate for the National Council election in Austria 2019 with 98.58 percent . In this election on September 29, 2019, his party returned to parliament after two years and with 13.9 percent of the vote, the best National Council election result in the history of the Greens. Kogler was unanimously elected chairman of the Green Parliamentary Club in the National Council on October 22, 2019 .

Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Austria (since 2020)

Werner Kogler, as party chairman of the Greens, led the negotiations for the formation of a government in Austria in 2019 together with Sebastian Kurz , in which his party agreed with the ÖVP on the formation of the first turquoise-green coalition at the Austrian federal level. On January 7, 2020, Kogler was sworn in by Alexander Van der Bellen in the Federal Government Kurz II as Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Public Service and Sport . Heike Grebien took over his seat on the National Council, while Dieter Brosz became the head of the cabinet . He appointed Eva Wildfellner as general secretary . After the Federal Ministries Act 1986 was adapted to the agreed departmental layout of the turquoise-green coalition, Federal President Kogler again praised Kogler as Federal Minister for Art, Culture, Public Service and Sport on January 29, 2020 .

Filibuster record 2010

Until 2010, Madeleine Petrovic held the record for a filibuster with 10 hours and 35 minutes for 17 years , the longest speech in the National Council. As a result, rules of procedure were adopted in 1996 that limited speaking time in plenary sessions to 20 minutes. This did not prevent Kogler from delaying the debate in the budget committee, which preceded the decision on the 2011 budget on December 16, 2010, with a long speech despite a non-binding speaking time of 2.5 minutes each. His speech began at 1:18 pm and lasted 12 hours and 42 minutes, making it a new record. It ended at exactly 2:00 am with the words: “That's actually all I wanted to say. That's supposed to be it. We are curious to see whether you will accept the suggestions we have made ”.


In 1983, at the age of 21, Kogler had a motorcycle accident as a passenger without a helmet, in which he was injured in the face and his own life was in danger. His approach to life changed early on.

In Ö3 summer conversation in July 2019 told Kogler that he for 10 years with Sabine Jungwirth , national spokesperson of the Green Economy dating is. In her 20-year-old daughter Miriam with Down syndrome, he values ​​openness, carefree and a fundamental honesty as enriching.


  • Michael Völker: Werner Kogler: "It takes two to identify the crisis". The Vice Chancellor doubts that preventive detention will come in the form criticized. He sees a slant in the crisis mechanism that is laid down in the government pact. Interview. In: Der Standard , January 9, 2020 ( article online ).

Web links

Commons : Werner Kogler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Werner Kogler. In: gruene.at. Retrieved November 26, 2017 .
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  4. Werner Kogler (GREEN) in the Ö3 summer talk: "I am happy to be told that we are riding this wave." APA-OTS press release, July 28, 209.
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  6. Wirtschaftsblatt: Hypo-U Committee: All facts, all names - all hope ( Memento from March 7, 2015 in the Internet Archive ). Article dated February 24, 2015, accessed March 7, 2015.
  7. EU election: Werner Kogler applies for green top candidate. In: derStandard.at. October 30, 2018, accessed November 6, 2018 .
  8. "Rowing instead of sudern": Werner Kogler elected Green Spokesman . In: The press . ( diepresse.com [accessed November 18, 2018]).
  9. Top candidate Kogler renounces the EU mandate. In: nachrichten.at/apa. June 14, 2019, accessed January 17, 2020 .
  10. Kogler elected Green top candidate. In: orf.at. July 6, 2019, accessed July 6, 2019 . - Title, accessed on January 4, 2020: 98.6 percent: Greens go to the polls with Kogler
  11. Greens: Maurer becomes Kogler vice-president. In: news.orf.at. October 22, 2019, accessed October 26, 2019 .
  12. ↑ Formation of a government affects the composition of the National Council. In: Parliamentary Directorate Press Service - Parliamentary Correspondence. January 10, 2020, accessed January 13, 2020 .
  13. Gerald Winter-Pölsler: Heike Grebien: Grazerin inherits mandate in the National Council from Vice Chancellor Kogler. In: Small newspaper . January 7, 2020, accessed January 13, 2020 .
  14. New home for ministers, new mandataries, new speakers. In: The press . January 7, 2020, accessed January 15, 2020 .
  15. Kogler appoints Wildfellner as general secretary. In: Upper Austrian news . January 23, 2020, accessed January 23, 2020 .
  16. ^ Eva Wildfellner becomes Secretary General in the Federal Ministry for Art, Culture, Public Service and Sport. January 22, 2020, accessed January 23, 2020 .
  17. ↑ Members of the government sworn in with new responsibilities orf.at January 29, 2020
  18. ^ Stenographic minutes of the 107th meeting of the XVIII. Legislative period (March 10-12, 1993) (PDF; 8.0 MB)
  19. Parliament Correspondence / 09 / 12.03.2007 / No. 156 : The long night in the House.
  20. Grüner Kogler blocks budget with record long speech. In: Kronen Zeitung . December 17, 2010
  21. Breakfast with me: Greens boss Kogler: Fighting climate change without bans Werner Kogler speaks about environmental policy and the reasons for the election debacle in 2017. kleinezeitung.at, Claudia Stöckl , July 28, 2019, accessed January 4, 2020.
  22. Werner Kogler (GREEN) in the Ö3 summer talk: "I am happy to be told that we are riding this wave." Ots.at, July 28, 2019, accessed January 4, 2020.