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Othmar Karas 

Mr Othmar Karas is Member of the European Parliament and Head of Delegation of the Austrian People’s Party in the European Parliament. Mr Karas is Chairman of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and an active Member in the Committees for Economic and Monetary Affairs, on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, on Agriculture and Rural Development, for Foreign Affairs as well as for Security and Defence. Since 2018 Mr Karas has been Member of the Special Committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance and Member of the Financial Assistance Working Group in the European Parliament. Furthermore, he is Board Member of the Austrian Association for Insurance Knowledge and Professor/Lector at Danube University Krems and Lector at the Vienna University for Economics and Business. From 2012 to 2014 Mr Karas was cross-party elected Vice-President of the European Parliament. Prior to his first election to the European Parliament in 1999, he was Member of the Austrian Parliament and Secretary-General of the Austrian People’s Party. Since 1998 Othmar Karas has been President of the Hilfswerk Österreich.