Othmar KARAS


Othmar KARAS

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Othmar KARAS

Österreichische Volkspartei

Parlement européen
60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Bruxelles / Brussel

+32 (0)2 28 45627


Parlement européen
Allée du Printemps
BP 1024/F
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex

+33 (0)3 88 1 75627


Othmar Karas, First Vice-President of the European Parliament

Othmar Karas (born 24 December 1957) is an Austrian politician (ÖVP) who has been serving as the First Vice-President of the European Parliament since January 2022, having been an MEP since 1999. He held the position of EP Vice-President from 2019 to 2021 and from 2012 to 2014.

Karas is also Vice-Chair of the FISC Subcommittee and a Member of the ECON, ITRE and AFCO Committees. In 2017, Karas received his Doctorate Degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna.

In addition to his activities as President of the Austrian "Hilfswerk", Karas founded the non-party association "Citizens' Forum Europe" in 2010 of which he is still the spokesman today.

In the EP, he is a Member of the EPP Group, where he held the Vice-Presidency from 2004 to 2011.

My Positions in Parliament :

  • Vice-Chair - Tax Matters
  • Vice-President - European Parliament
  • Member - Intergroup on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Member - Intergroup on Artificial Intelligence and Digital
  • Member - Österreichische Volkspartei
  • Member - Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Member - Parliament's Bureau
  • Substitute - Caribbean-EU
  • Substitute - OACPS-EU
  • Substitute - Union for the Mediterranean
  • Substitute - Southeast Asia, ASEAN
  • Substitute - United States
  • Substitute - Palestine
  • Substitute - Constitutional Affairs
  • Substitute - Industry, Research and Energy

My Positions in the Group :

  • Member - Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
  • Member - EPP Group Bureau
  • Member - Conference on the Future of Europe

My work in the European Parliament

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Recent activities