Rupprechter is a recognised expert for agricultural affairs and has worked in leading positions witihin the agricultural sector for many years.
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 in the EU Council. During the first Austrian Council Presidency in 1998 Rupprechter was also SCA Chairman.
From 1998 until 2002 Andrä Rupprechter acted as Deputy Head of the Department of International and EU Affairs at the BMLF, which in 2000 then became the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW). He also headed the Department of Agriculture and Nutrition at the BMLFUW until 2007.
In 2006 Rupprechter headed the Austrian delegation to the Agriculture Council of the EU, where he held the position of Director for Rural Development in the General Secretariat of the EU Council until 2013, when he was appointed Director for Transparency at the Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. In December 2013 he was offered the position of Secretary General of the European Committee of the Regions following his electoral success, but chose not to accept it in order to become Federal Minister of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.
From 1994 to 1995 Rupprechter played an active role in the government campaign for the referendum on Austria's accession to the EU and made a large number of speeches to promote his view.
He made significant contributions to the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Austria by coordinating with the Conference of Agriculture Officials of the provincial governments, thereby highlighting an example of effective multi-level governance. In addition, Rupprechter was involved in the negotiations to reform CAP a few years later.
As Head of the Department of Agriculture and Nutrition at the BMLFUW, Andrä Rupprechter was in charge of the control of the Austrian Marketing Agency, AMA, and of the newly created food authority AGES. In particular, this meant that he was responsible for the production of various marketing/advertising campaigns, such as the project “Austria -Region of Delicacies”, 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 delegates, including high-ranking representatives of various European institutions as well as EU member states.
Andrä Rupprechter is married and has four children.