TUESDAY 21 MARCH 2017 - 14:00 to 15:00


Chris Cummins, Vienna, Austria (Session Moderator)

Chris Cummins is a journalist, radio presenter, Alpine addict, and Englander living in Vienna.

Andrä Rupprechter, Environment Minister, Austria

Andrä Rupprechter was born on 31.05.1961 in Brandenberg, Tyrol. He is an expert on agricultural issues and has worked in agriculture for many years at both national and European level, before taking up the position of Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management in December 2013.


Michael Cramer, MEP, Brussels, Belgium

Michael studied education, music and physical education at the university of Mainz. Following his studies, he worked as a secondary-school teacher in the Neukölln district of Berlin from 1975-1995. Between 1989 and 2004 Michael Cramer was a member of the Berlin regional parliament and served as spokesman for transport of the Green group. Since 2004 Michael Cramer is a Member of the European Parliament (EP), working mainly on EU transport policy. After ten years as transport policy spokesperson for the Green group, he was elected chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). He is also a Member of the EP’s delegation to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and chairs the parliamentary platform "Rail Forum Europe". Go to Michael's profile on EU website.