Parliamentary Assembly session : 23 – 27 September 2002 

Peter SCHIEDER

President of the Council of Europe
Parliamentary Assembly

Born 20 August 1941 in Vienna
 
Studies, journalistic and other professional activities
1960-64 Legal studies, Vienna University
1961 - 62Film critic
1962 – 64 Editor of Trotzdem (magazine for young people)
1970 – 73 Managing Director of Werbe- und Verlagsgesellschaft – WVG (advertising and publishing firm)
1974 – 2001 Member of the Board of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation - ORF
1976 – 77 Chairman of the board of Kabel-TV Wien (study and research company for cable television)
1981 – 83 Deputy Chairman of the Board of Österreichische Donaukraftwerke AG (Danubian power station)
1983 - 2001Chairman of the Finance Committee of ORF
1984 – 88 Owner’s representative at Vorwärts-AG (printing and publishing firm)
1987 – 90 Member of the Editorial Committee of the periodical Zukunft
1988 – 93 Managing Director of Progress Werbung (Advertising Ltd)

Political activities
1964 – 72 Chairman of the Austrian Young Socialists
1984 – 88 Central Secretary of the SPÖ
1995 – 2002 Chairman of the Wien-Penzing branch of the Social Democratic Party of Austria - SPÖ
Member of the Vienna Party Executive of the SPÖ
Member of the Federal Party Executive of the SPÖ

Public offices
1970 - 73 and since 1984 Member of parliament -Nationalrat
1970 – 74 Member of the parliamentary Armed Services Appeals Board
1973 – 84 City councillor with executive functions and member of the Vienna Land Government
since 1985 Member of the Hautpausschuss of the Nationalrat
since 1988 Deputy Chairman of the Social Democratic parliamentary group
since 1991 Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Nationalrat
since 1999 Member of the Permanent Sub-Committee on EU Affairs of the Nationalrat

International activities
1964 – 72 Member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Socialist Youth - IUSY
1969 – 71 President of the World Assembly of Youth - WAY
1971 - 74 and since 1987 Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
1974 – 85 Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
since 1984 Delegate to the Congresses of the Socialist International – SI
1991 – 2002 Chairman of the Socialist Group at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
1992 – 95 Member of the Committee of National Co-ordinators of the Central European Initiative - CEI
1992 – 99 Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe - OSCE
1995 – 2001 Member of the Executive Board of the Party of European Socialists - PES
since 1995 Leader of the Austrian delegation to the Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees - COSAC
since 1998 Member of the Austrian delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union - IPU

Other activities
Member of the Board of the Austrian Association for Foreign Policy and International Relations
Member of the Board of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs
Member of the Board of the Auslandsösterreicherwerk (central organisation for Austrians resident abroad)
Founder member and member of the Board of the Austrian Association for China Studies
Member of the Board of the European Movement of Austria - EBO