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Ambassador saddened to hear of the passing of the First Speaker of the Austrian Parliament, Mrs Barbara Prammer

Ambassador Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque's message of condolence following the death of Mrs Barbara Prammer

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UK and Austrian Speakers of their respective Parliaments, Rt Hon John Bercow and Mrs Barbara Prammer
UK Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow meeting his Austrian counterpart, Mrs Barbara Prammer

It is with sincere regret that the Embassy has learnt of the death of Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of Austria and former Minister for Women’s Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Ambassador Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said:

Barbara Prammer was a courageous politician and an inspiring leader. She showed great dedication in supporting those whose voice is not loud enough and worked to strengthen minority rights. She made the Austrian parliament a more open and transparent institution, a legacy the whole country can be proud of.

This is a terrible and tragic loss for Austria. In this sad hour our thoughts are with the family and friends.

Mrs Prammer met the UK Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow, last year as part of a democracy and youth outreach programme.

Published 4 August 2014