Vienna, 24 November 2008 Press release

Plassnik on Spindelegger: "He is the right choice"

Foreign Minister congratulates Josef Pröll on his decision to choose Michael Spindelegger as her successor

Vienna, 24 November 2008 - "This is the right choice and the best solution," stated Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik, commenting on the decision by Party Leader Josef Pröll to propose Michael Spindelegger for the post of foreign minister.

"As the Austrian People’s Party’s spokesman on foreign policy matters in the National Council and as Parliament’s Second President, Michael Spindelegger has been acknowledged and appreciated for his personality and competence. He is an experienced and distinguished expert on European and International policy. During his work in the European Parliament and in the Council of Europe he has built up a strong network of contacts. Michael Spindelegger is a quiet and committed fighter for our common Europe," continued the Minister.

"I am handing over a well-appointed office into good hands. I wish Michael Spindelegger the best of success and plenty of strength for his new and challenging task for Austria, Europe and the international community of states," concluded Plassnik.

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