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New Chair of the EEA Management Board takes up duty

Today, Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler succeeds Karsten Sach as Chair of the European Environment Agency (EEA) Management Board.
Bruyninckx, Freytag-Rigler and Sach

Bruyninckx, Freytag-Rigler and Sach  Image © European Environment Agency

I fully agree with the broader focus the EEA has taken on co-creating knowledge that will help us form a society where we live well within the limits of the planet.

Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler, EEA Management Board Chair

Mr. Sach has been serving as Chair of the EEA Management Board since 1 September 2008 alongside his duties as Deputy Director-General for European and International Policy in the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

At the end of his mandate Karsten Sach said: “It has been a real pleasure and privilege working with such dedicated and brilliant people from the EEA, other European institutions, Member States and the scientific community in developing and providing a sound knowledge base for European environmental policies. The Agency is a centre of excellence in analysing and presenting local, regional, national, European and international knowledge."

Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler already has in-depth knowledge of the Agency and its work, having served as EEA Management Board member since March 2007 and Vice-Chair since November 2007 . She currently holds a position as Head of Department for EU Environmental Affairs at the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management. She has throughout her career been engaged in the sustainable development agenda at the European level.

Assuming office, Ms. Freytag-Rigler said: “I am looking forward to chairing the EEA Management Board because the Agency is a very important player in providing the basis for political decisions in the field of environment.

Environmental, economic and social issues are inseparable and interdependent components of sustainable development and I fully agree with the broader focus the EEA has taken on co-creating knowledge that will help us form a society where we live well within the limits of the planet”.

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