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Hon.-Prof. Dr. Maria Berger, Federal Minister (ret.)

Senior Expert Counsel at LANSKY, GANZGER + partner

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Maria Berger, Federal Minister (ret.)

Function: Senior Expert Counsel at LANSKY, GANZGER + partner
E-Mail: maria.berger@pergenia.at
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Correspondence: German, English

Maria Berger is Senior Expert Counsel at LANSKY, GANZGER, GOETH, FRANKL + partner. She holds a doctorate in law and is the contact person for questions on European law issues. Until recently, Maria Berger was a judge at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (2009-2019). Before that, she was a Member of the European Parliament (November 1996 - January 2007 and December 2008 - July 2009) and a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs, she served as Federal Minister of Justice between 2007 and 2008. 

Maria Berger offers a broad portfolio and experience as a case officer for EU issues in the Federal Chancellery and Head of the Department for Integration Policy Coordination in the Federal Chancellery. She was significantly involved in the preparation of Austria's accession to the European Union. 

Maria Berger's career has already taken her through a number of stages. Among other things, she was a lecturer at the Institute for Public Law and Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Vice-President of the Danube University Krems and Director at the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Geneva and Brussels.

She has published on various topics of European law (list here), is also Honorary Professor of "European Law" at the University of Vienna and Honorary Senator of the University of Innsbruck.

Professional experience

  • 2009 – 2019 Judge at the ECJ 
  • 2007 – 2008 Federal Minister of Justice 
  • 1997 – 2009 Member of the Municipal Council of the City of Perg
  • 2002 – 2003 Alternate member of the European Convention on the Future of Europe 
  • 1996 – 2009 Member of the European Parliament (November 1996 - January 2007 and December 2008 - July 2009)                                           and member of the Legal Affairs Committee
  • 1995 – 1996 Vice-President of the Danube University Krems
  • 1993 – 1994 Director at the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Geneva and Brussels
  • 1989 – 1992 Head of the Department for Integration Policy Coordination in the Federal Chancellery (preparation of                                             Austria's accession to the European Union)
  • 1988 – 1989 Desk officer for EU issues in the Federal Chancellery
  • 1984 – 1988 Federal Ministry of Science and Research, lastly Deputy Head of Department
  • 1979 – 1984 Assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Public Law and Political Science at the University of Innsbruck
  • 1975 – 1979 Studied law and economics, doctorate in law

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