Mercedes Echerer, one of the Ambassadors of the European Year of Citizens 2013, in Austria!
„The EU is a possible answer to global problems for citizens, businesses, arts and culture and politics. The European Year of Citizens 2013 encourages the participation of the citizens, who need to take this opportunity to communicate directly with the decision makers. The success of the EU can only be achieved if the citizens want it and support it. In an increasingly intergrated Europe, the people of Europe, with their diverse backgrounds, contribute to what makes the European project special.”, - Mercedes Echerer, Actress
Born in Linz, Mercedes began her acting career at a young age. In her post-high-school years she was already acting at the State Theatre in Linz, Salzburg and at the Klagenfurt City Theatre. From 1984 to 1985, she performed the stage musical Cats at the Vienna Theatre.
From 1999 to 2004, Mercedes was a Member of the European Parliament, involved in several European parliamentary committees including Legal Affairs, Culture, Youth, Education, Media, Sport and Finance.