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WESTMINSTER SNP LEADER PRESENTED AUSTRIAN AWARD
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson MP has received a prestigious European award at a ceremony in the Austrian Parliament in Vienna.
The Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria was decreed by outgoing Austrian President Heinz Fischer (Social Democrat - SPÖ) and presented by the Parliamentary Leader of the governing coalition People's Party (ÖVP) Reinhold Lopatka and the Austrian Ambassador to the UK Martin Eichtinger.
The award ceremony was attended by Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka, senior diplomats and former journalist colleagues of Mr Robertson from the Austrian media.
Angus Robertson worked as a journalist for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and as BBC correspondent in Vienna during the 1990's and has served as Chairman and Secretary of the Austrian Parliamentary Group at Westminster since 2001. He is a regular German-language commentator on the Austrian media.
Speaking about the award Angus Robertson MP said:
"It is a huge honour to be granted this award by the Austrian president and to receive it in the Austrian parliament.
"I have a huge affection for the Alpine republic and am fortunate to have lived and worked there for a decade.
"Cooperating between European nations is really important to me and I have worked to foster relations between Austria and the UK in the Westminster parliament since 2001. This award is recognition of the value of European cooperation which I will continue to support into the future."
Speaking after the presentation the Austrian Ambassador to the UK Martin Eichtinger said:
"Angus Robertson is a good friend of Austria and Europe.
"We are hugely indebted to him for his efforts to foster relations between Austria and the UK at Westminster since 2001.
"This award is a valued token of our appreciation for his work as Chairman and Secretary of the Austrian Parliamentary Group as well as his promotion of Austria at home and abroad."