Richard Seeber

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Richard Seeber (born January 15, 1962 in Innsbruck ) is an Austrian politician ( ÖVP ) and was a member of the European Parliament .


Richard Seeber attended the Bundesrealgymnasium in Imst , Tyrol, from 1972 to 1980 , where he completed the natural science branch.

In 1980 he began studying law at the University of Innsbruck . On June 30, 1984 he received his doctorate in law. At the same time he was enrolled at the University of Innsbruck to study economics , which he completed in 1988 with a Mag. soc. oec. completed. At the university, he took numerous language courses, including English and French.

From 1985 to 1989 he worked as a cruise director on Romanian and Bulgarian Danube cruise ships. During this period he also worked as a tour guide for Romania and for trips to the Black Sea coast. From 1987 to the beginning of 1989 Richard Seeber completed 13 months of legal practice at the District Court in Imst and at the Innsbruck Regional Court. In 1990 he was a trainee lawyer.

In 1991 he started his work at the Tyrol Chamber of Commerce in the "Tourism" section. From 1992 to 1995 he was appointed first head of the newly established European section of the Tyrol Chamber of Commerce. During these years he built up the European section as head and played a key role in transforming this forum into the "Euro Info Center of the EU" at the Tyrol Chamber of Commerce. In 1995 he became the first head of the newly created liaison office of the European Region Tyrol at the European Union in Brussels , Belgium . Furthermore, in 1999 he was elected chairman of the Christian Democratic Europe Forum CDEF - a think tank in Brussels. He still holds this position today.

In the European elections in June 2004 , Richard Seeber was elected Member of the European Parliament of the Group of the European People's Party and European Democrats (EPP-ED). During the first legislative period he was a member of the committee for environmental issues, public health and food safety , as well as a deputy member of the committee for regional development . In 2005 he was rapporteur on bathing waters for the European People's Party. In 2007 he was appointed by the European Parliament as rapporteur for floods and in 2008 for water scarcity and drought. In the period from 2004 to 2009 he was also a member of the Petitions Committee, the delegation in the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and the delegation in the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

In the European elections on June 7, 2009 Richard Seeber was re-elected as a member of the European Parliament of the European People's Party (EPP). Immediately afterwards he was also elected by the European People's Party (EPP) as the party's coordinator for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He was also a member of the delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and of the delegation for relations with the countries of Central America in the seventh term of the European Parliament. He also acted as a deputy member in the Committee for Regional Development and in the delegation of the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.

Richard Seeber's main focus was on water . In January 2010 he founded the first water intergroup in the European Parliament. This intergroup, later "EP Water Group", in which he acted as president, is still a broad platform for numerous members of the European Parliament, representatives of the EU Commission as well as representatives from business, environmental protection and regional development policy.

Other focal points of his work were: climate protection , air quality and mountain areas. In December 2013, Seeber announced that he would not stand in the European Parliament elections on May 25, 2014. Since July 1, 2014, Seeber has been in charge of the Tyrolean Liaison Office of the European Region Tyrol as Director .


Seeber is married and has four children.


Richard Seeber received the MEP Award in the Environment category in 2012.

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