Portrait

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 witihin 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 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.

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 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.

Pri­vate

Andrä Rup­prechter is mar­ried and has four chil­dren.

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

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