Andrea Rukschcio-Wilhelm

Position and Company: Public Relations Officer at European Parliament
Country: Austria

Andrea Rukschcio-Wilhelm is in charge of stakeholder relations and youth projects in the Information Office of the European Parliament in Vienna (Austria). She feels that especially the young generation should embrace the idea of making the European Union its own as it is crucial for the shaping of our continent.

Andrea studied International Business at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna (Austria) and Bentley University in Boston (USA) as well as Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna. After finishing her studies she worked as a consultant for strategic communication in Vienna (Austria) for several years specialising in corporate communications and financial communications. She worked on several European projects in the field of diversity management and social affairs, which spurred her desire to dedicate her professional life to the European Union.

In 2010 she started to work for the former Vice-President of the European Parliament Othmar Karas in Brussels (Belgium) holding responsible the presidential dossier as well as the Foreign Affairs committee and the special committee on the Multiannual Financial Framework. Her main fields of work were: communication and information policy of the European Parliament, relations with national parliaments and relations with multinational organisations such as the UN, IMF and World Bank.

Andrea is a very pro-European mind, who strongly believes in the positive contribution of the European Union to our lives. In her opinion the European Union is a unique project that not only keeps peace and stability on our continent, but also fosters prosperity and a better understanding of different cultures. She is convinced that Europe will overcome all current crises and eventually comes out stronger than before.