Plenary Speaker

Andrä Rupprechter

Andrä Rupprechter

Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Austria

Andrä Rupprechter is a known expert for agricultural affairs and has been working in leading positions of the agricultural sector for many years, on the national as well as at the European level. He studied agricultural economics at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

His career started in 1988 at the Austrian Farmers’ Federation, as assistant of the director. He then 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, as an expert for the field of agriculture, was a member of the negotiating group on Austria’s accession to the European Union.

In 1995 he was appointed Head of the Division for EU Coordination and Planning at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (BMLF) and acted as Austria’s spokesman at the Special Committee on Agriculture of the EU Council. He held this position until 2002.

From the 1998 onwards, Rupprechter acted as Deputy Head of the Department for International and EU Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; from 2000 to 2002 he held this position at the newly created Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW). Afterwards, until 2007, he worked as the Head of the BMLFUW’s Department for Agriculture and Nutrition.

In December 2013 Andrä Rupprechter was elected Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions, but refrained from taking up this function in order to commit himself as Federal Minister on top of the Austrian agriculture, forestry, environment and water management sectors.

The Austrian Walking Master Plan, presented by Andrä Rupprechter at Walk21, will establish a national vision to support walking as mode of transportation in Austria.