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Andrä Rupprechter was born in Brandenberg, Tyrol, on 31 May 1961. In December 2013 he was appointed Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

Rupprechter is a recognised expert for agricultural affairs and has worked in leading positions of the agricultural sector for many years.

Career

Andrä Rupprechter studied agricultural economics at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna. His career started in 1988 as assistant to the Director of the Austrian Farmers'  Federation. In April 1989 he became a member of the Cabinet of the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Franz Fischler and Wilhelm Molterer. At the Minister’s Office he was responsible for international affairs and acted as agriculture expert in the negotiating group on Austria’s accession to the EU.

In 1995 Rupprechter was appointed Head of the Directorate for EU Coordination and Planning at the then Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (BMLF) and, until 2002, was Austria's spokesman at the Special Committee on Agriculture of the EU Council. During the first Austrian Council Presidency in 1998 Rupprechter was also SCA Chairman.


From 1998 onwards Andrä Rupprechter acted as Deputy Head of the Department of International and EU Affairs at the BMLF. From 2000 to 2002 he held this position at the newly created Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW). Until 2007 he headed the Department of Agriculture and Nutrition of the BMLFUW.

In 2006 Rupprechter headed the Austrian delegation at the Agriculture Council of the EU. He held his position as the Director for Rural Development at the General Secretariat of the EU Council until 2013, when he was appointed Director for Transparency at the Council Secretariat.  In December 2013 he was elected Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions, but refrained from taking up this function to become Federal Minister on top of the Austrian agriculture, forestry, environment and water management.

Political commitment

From 1994 to 1995 Rupprechter played an active role in the government campaign for the referendum on Austria's accession to the EU and held a great number of lectures.


He made significant contributions to the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Austria. The coordination with the Conference of Agriculture Officials of the provincial governments can be called a shining example of  smoothly functioning multi-level governance. Some years later Rupprechter was also involved in the negotiations on the CAP reform.

Being the Head of the Department of Agriculture and Nutrition at the BMLFUW, Andrä Rupprechter was in charge of the control of the Austrian paying agency AMA and of the newly created food authority AGES. Various information campaigns were developed under his responsibility, in particular the project “Austria -Region of Delight”, which was developed in cooperation with local and regional authorities.

In 2003 Rupprechter was responsible for the organisation of an EU conference for regional and rural development in cooperation with the European Commission. The conference was held in Salzburg and was attended by more than 1,500 stakeholders and high-ranking representatives of European institutions and EU candidate countries.

Private

Andrä Rupprechter is married and has four children.

published at 12.11.2015, Abteilung Präs. 5 - Kommunikation und Service

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