Michael Spindelegger elected Director General, International Centre for Migration Policy Development

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Former Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Minister will take office at ICMPD in January 

VIENNA, 30 September 2015 — ICMPD’s governing body, the Steering Group, today announced that Michael Spindelegger has been elected as the new Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. He will take office for 5 years in January 2016, when the term of Acting Director General Gabriela Abado expires. 

In this leadership role, Spindelegger will define the strategic direction of this leading European migration organisation. On a day-to-day basis, he will have the full managerial responsibility for the International Organisation with headquarters in Vienna, a mission in Brussels and 7 field offices. 

'After a thorough recruitment process, the Steering Group is very pleased to announce the appointment of such a highly qualified Director General' said Mr Ola Henrikson, Chair of ICMPD’s Steering Group. 'Mr Spindelegger has the ability to further ICMPD’s role in shaping policies and to support the organisation’s Member States in facing challenges and seizing opportunities that migration offers.'

'I have always admired ICMPD for the holistic policy approach it takes to migration, its expertise and capacity to innovate, and I am honoured to lead this organisation' said Spindelegger. 'ICMPD has an excellent reputation as a facilitator of multilateral cooperation. During my term, I will work towards strengthening its role as a member-driven International Organisation and as a think tank developing suitable tools for practical and effective migration management.'

Mr Spindelegger looks back at an exceptional political career in Austria. While in office as Vice-Chancellor from 2011 to 2014, he also served as Minister of Finance and Minister of European and International Affairs. Before joining the government in 2008, Spindelegger was the Second President of the Austrian Parliament. He had been elected as a member of the “Nationalrat” in 1993 for the People’s Party (ÖVP). Mr Spindelegger was also a Member of the European Parliament for two years. He currently manages a consultancy firm. 

Born in 1959 in Mödling, Austria, Michael Spindelegger holds a doctorate in law from the University of Vienna.

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The International Centre for Migration Policy Development is a key European player in the migration field. The organisation has 15 member states and carries out activities throughout the world. Founded in 1993, ICMPD served as a support mechanism for informal consultations and to provide expertise in multilateral cooperation on migration and asylum issues. The principles of partnership and balancing of interests are the foundation of the organisation. 

ICMPD strives for comprehensive, sustainable and future-oriented migration governance and applies a three-pronged approach: capacity building, migration dialogues, and research. Its work focuses on six core thematic areas that cover various facets of migration. 

The selection procedure for the Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development is set out in the Legal Framework of ICMPD.

It started with an open vacancy announcement without nationality restrictions in February 2015, published in various media including the Economist. Forty-four persons applied for the position. Three candidates were shortlisted: Tobias Billström, Friso Roscam Abbing and Michael Spindelegger. 

ICMPD’s governing body, the Steering Group, interviewed the shortlisted candidates during its meeting on 2 September. The decision was put to a vote (secret ballot) by the Steering Group today, during their scheduled meeting. 

Representatives of ICMPD’s member states constitute a Steering Group. Every contracting party is represented in this Steering Group with one seat. The chair of the Steering Group is held in rotation by each of ICMPD’s 15 member states. Sweden is currently chairing. 

ICMPD currently has 15 Member States: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Repulic, Hungary, Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. Turkey holds observer status, awaiting a final decision on membership to ICMPD.



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