Jörg Leichtfried

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Jörg Leichtfried
Jörg Leichtfried (2016).jpg
Minister of Transport, Innovation
and Technology
In office
18 May 2016 – 18 December 2017
ChancellorChristian Kern
Preceded byGerald Klug
Succeeded byNorbert Hofer
Councilor for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Styria
In office
23 June 2015 – 18 May 2016
GovernorFranz Voves
Preceded byGerhard Kurzmann
Succeeded byAnton Lang
Member of the European Parliament
In office
13 June 2004 – 23 June 2015
Personal details
Born (1967-06-18) 18 June 1967 (age 52)
Bruck an der Mur, Austria
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Austria
Party of European Socialists

Jörg Leichtfried (born 18 June 1967 in Bruck an der Mur, Styria) is an Austrian politician who served as Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology in the government of Chancellor Christian Kern.


  • Studied jurisprudence (graduated 1994)


  • 1995-1999: Legal officer, Styrian Chamber of Labour
  • 1998-2004: Departmental head, citizens' advice service, Bruck and der Mur's City council

Political career[edit]

Early beginnings[edit]

  • 1994-2000: Regional Vice-Chairman of the Styria Young Socialists
  • 1999: Austrian Parliament candidate, Styria Young Socialists
  • 2000-2002: Federal Chairman of the Austrian Young Socialists
  • since 2000: Regional Party Vice-Chairman of the Styria SPÖ

Member of the European Parliament, 2004–2015[edit]

Leichtfried was first elected a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) with the SPÖ, part of the Socialist Group, in the 2004 European elections. During his time in parliament, he serveds on the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism. In this capacity, he was the Parliament’s rapporteur on the European Aviation Safety Agency (2007) and on the cross-border admission of heavy haulers (2014), among other dossiers.[1]

In addition, Leichtfried was a substitute for the Committee on International Trade, a member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community and a substitute for the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America. He was also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda.[2]

Federal Minister of Transport, 2016–2017[edit]

In May 2016, incoming Chancellor Christian Kern appointed Leichtfried as Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology.

Under his leadership, Austria announced plans in March 2017 to file a legal challenge at the European Court of Justice against plans by Germany to introduce a road toll for foreign-registered cars using German highways.[3]


  1. ^ Lorraine Mallinder (17 October 2007), Aviation agency stuck on runway European Voice.
  2. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda.
  3. ^ Kirsti Knolle, Francois Murphy, Michelle Martin and Paul Carrel (31 March 2017), Austria to file legal challenge against German highway toll Reuters.

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