Austrian farm manager Köstinger resigns – POLITICO

Austrian Agriculture Minister Elisabeth Köstinger announced her resignation on Monday, saying she intended to leave politics and enter the private sector.

Köstinger, 43, served as agriculture chief for two terms, the most recent since early 2020. The centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) politician was a close political ally of former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz who resigned in a corruption scandal. last October.

“With Sebastian Kurz’s decision to leave politics, it was also clear to me that I was going to close this chapter,” she said in a statement. statement on Monday, adding that she had agreed to stay on for a “transitional period” of a few months under current Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who thanked her on Twitter.

In her statement, she counted the reform of the common agricultural policy and the securing of mandatory origin labels on food products among her main achievements in office. “Now is the time for me to stay connected to politics, to this country and to the People’s Party, but also to turn the page and pursue a future in the private sector,” she said. mentioned.

A former MEP, Köstinger lobbied as minister in Brussels for the EU to be less dependent on imported plant proteins and for more transparency on food labels. She also pushed for the EU forestry strategy to be more business-centric.

As recently as last Thursday she met EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski to discuss the Commission’s commitment to creating a strategy to expand European plant protein production, as well as providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine .

His replacement should be announced in the coming days.

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