Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen to address European Parliament 

Austria’s newly-elected President Alexander Van der Bellen will address MEPs in a formal sitting on Tuesday at noon. This will be his first official trip abroad.

Former Green party leader Alexander Van der Bellen, 73, ran as a nominally independent candidate and finished second out of six in the first round before winning the second round against Norbert Hofer, a member of the Freedom Party of Austria, on 4 December.

Mr Van der Bellen was born in Austria to Russian and Estonian parents who were refugees from Stalinism. He was a Professor of economics at the University of Vienna before he entered national politics.

Formal sitting: Tuesday, 14 February - 12.99-12.30