The Austrian Federal Government

The Cabinet is entrusted with the highest administrative duties of the Republic of Austria. The Cabinet is composed of the Federal Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, and the other Federal Ministers. As a collegiate branch of government it executes only those duties which have been expressly entrusted to it by law (or upon decree by the Federal President). All other governmental duties reside with the ministers of the responsible ministry. The Cabinet’s most important constitutional responsibility is its function to pass bills. The Cabinet passes resolutions unanimously. There is no majority decision making.

Faymann Cabinet II

Faymann Cabinet II Front row (from left): Rudolf Hundstorfer, Sophie Karmasin, Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Michael Spindelegger, Werner Faymann, Doris Bures, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Sonja Stessl, Reinhold Mitterlehner
Back row (from left): Andrä Rupprechter, Sebastian Kurz, Gerald Klug, Alois Stöger, Josef Ostermayer, Wolfgang Brandstetter und Jochen Danninger
Note: On 1 September 2014 were sworn in: Reinhold Mitterlehner as the new Vice-Chancellor and Johann Georg Schelling was as the new Federal Minister of Finance instead of Michael Spindelegger,
Alois Stöger as the new Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology instead of Doris Bures,
Sabine Oberhauser as the new Federal Minister for Health instead of Alois Stöger,
Sonja Stessl as State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery,
Harald Mahrer as State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
Larger view
(© BKA/Andy Wenzel)

On 16nd December 2013, the new Austrian Federal Government Faymann II was sworn in by Federal President Heinz Fischer.