Maria Berger

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Maria Berger
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Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
Assumed office
7 October 2009
Member of the European Parliament
for Austria
In office
11 December 2008 – 13 July 2009
In office
11 November 1996 – 10 January 2007
Justice Minister of Austria
In office
11 January 2007 – 2 December 2008
ChancellorAlfred Gusenbauer
Preceded byKarin Gastinger
Succeeded byJohannes Hahn
Personal details
Born (1956-08-19) 19 August 1956 (age 64)
Perg, Upper Austria
Political partySPÖ
Professioncivil servant, politician

Maria Berger (born 19 August 1956 in Perg, Upper Austria) is an Austrian politician and currently Judge at the European Court of Justice. She previously served as a Member of the European Parliament and Austria's Minister of Justice.


  • Doctor of Law, Innsbruck University (1979)

Early career[edit]

  • University assistant (1979–1984)
  • Official at the Federal Ministry of Science and Research (1984–1988)
  • Head of the European Integration Department of the Federal Chancellor's Office (1989–1993)
  • Directorship post in the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels (1993–1994)
  • Vice-President of the University of Krems (1995–1996)
  • Federal Chairman of the Young Generation in the SPÖ (1984–1987)
  • Member of the Land party committee of the SPÖ in Upper Austria (since 2004)

Political career[edit]

Berger was a Member of the European Parliament since 1996, interrupted by her tenure as Austrian Justice Minister (2007 – 2008). She was also the leader of the Social Democratic Party delegation which is part of the Party of European Socialists, and served on the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs. On the committee, she served as her parliamentary group’s coordinator.[1] In addition, she later also was a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the parliament’s delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Berger was also a substitute for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, a member of the delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, and a substitute for the delegation for relations with Canada.

In January 2007 Berger was appointed as Justice Minister in the government of Alfred Gusenbauer as Chancellor of Austria. After leaving office in December 2008 she returned to serve in the European Parliament till July 2009. Since October 2009 she is a member of the European Court of Justice.


  • Honorary medal of the International Mauthausen Committee, National Order of the Republic of Lithuania

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karin Gastinger
Justice Minister of Austria
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Johannes Hahn