Salzburg, 11 April 2014 – The third general assembly of the members of the initiative of Municipal Councillors for European Affairs was held in the Europasaal of Edmundsburg Mansion in Salzburg today. The non-partisan initiative was launched in 2010 by what is now the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs together with the Representation of the European Commission in Austria. The initiative currently has 650 members.
In his opening key address, Austrian Minister for Europe, Integration and International Affairs Sebastian Kurz stressed the great commitment of the Councillors for Europe: "It is my goal to have a Municipal Councillor for European Affairs in every Austrian community."
The voluntary work of these men and women plays a vital role in communicating the achievements of the EU and the concrete benefits for Austria at a local level: "At this time of the run-up to the European elections it is particularly important to make people aware that they have a say and by using their votes they are able to decide on the future course the European Union will take over the next five years. Each vote counts!"
Richard Kühnel, representative of the EU Commission in Austria, said: "Europe is not some distant ivory tower in Brussels. The unification of Europe lies in the hands of decision-makers and opinion leaders on the European, national, regional and local level. And the local or community level is closest to the citizen. I am therefore proud of the success of the initiative of Municipal Councillors for European Affairs that I had the honour and pleasure to launch with former Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger four years ago. Now I am happy to lend this initiative continued support together with Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz. We have agreed to not only continue but even extend the scope of the initiative. I believe this initiative is one of the major success projects of communication about the European Union in Austria. We owe our special thanks to the Municipal Councillors for European Affairs!"
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