Elisabeth Köstinger sworn in as Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism

After the entry into force of the new Federal Ministries Act Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen has sworn in today the Federal Ministers on their new Ministries. Elisabeth Köstinger was appointed Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.

“All agendas of rural areas are bundled in our Ministry: Agriculture, domestic food production, regional value-added in forestry as well as the economic driver of tourism, and regional policy”, Köstinger explains.

Furthermore, the fields of “broadband development, telecommunications and postal services”, which are decisive for the future of regional development, have been transferred from the former Ministry of Transport to the portfolio of our Ministry. “Tasks fitting together stay together! And responsibilities that match them are added.”

Moreover, the tasks of alternative civilian service have also been added to the responsibilities of the Ministry. “Every town and every village needs civilian service workers! We have a smoothly functioning system, which is indispensable for Austria’s regions. In fact, alternative civilian service is regional service. Therefore, I will take all efforts to ensure that we will be in a position to rely on this pillar also in the future”, the Minister in charge of alternative civilian service, Elisabeth Köstinger, said.

 “Coming home”

 For me it is coming home to the Ministry for which my political heart beats” Köstinger was already Minister for Sustainability and Tourism from 2017 to 2019. Before she was President of the National Council and, from 2009 to 2017, Member of the European Parliament.

Besides, she was active at the Eco-Social Forum, where she was Vice-President of the Eco-Social Forum Austria and President of the Eco-Social Forum Europe between 2014 and 2017.

Moreover, she has been Vice-President of the Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party since 2015.

published at 05.02.2020, Kommunikation und Service (Abteilung Präs. 5)