Secretary General of the Council of Europe 1999 - 2004

Vice President of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation - CGDC

Walter Schwimmer is an Austrian politician from the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP, Österreichische Volkspartei), a Christian democratic and conservative party. Holding a doctor’s degree in law, Schwimmer was a Member of the Austrian National Assembly from 1971 to 1999 and Secretary General of the Council of Europe from 1999 to 2004.
From 1984 to 1999 Dr. Schwimmer was Executive Vice-President of the Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse, the compulsory health insurance system of Vienna.
Dr. Schwimmer is currently working as an advisor to business, government and social sector on international relations and other European topics. He is also involved in dialogue between cultures on a voluntary basis: He is Secretary General of the Maison de la Méditerranée-Fondazione Mediterraneo in Naples, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the “World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations”, and President of the European Democracy Forum in Strassburg.