Vienna, 29 November 2013 – Andrä Rupprechter has been appointed Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions, effective 1 April 2014. His appointment means that another Austrian is to take over a management position of great relevance for Austria within the European Union. "I would like to congratulate Andrä Rupprechter most warmly on his professional success. I wish him every success for his new task", Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said.
The Committee of the Regions is the voice of the regions, cities and communities at European level and is involved in all important European projects that have an impact on the regional and local level. With his many years of experience in leadership roles both in Austria, as Head of a department of the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, and in the EU, where his most recent position was that of a member of the General Secretariat in the Council, Andrä Rupprechter is best qualified for his future position.
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