My name is Othmar Karas and I have been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999. I was Head of the Austrian People’s Party’s delegation in the European Parliament from 2006 to 2009 and hold the position again since 2011. From 2012 to 2014 I was Vice-President of the European Parliament. The main aspects of my work cover economic and monetary affairs, including the EU’s reaction to the economic crisis. I am also active in the Parliament’s work on foreign affairs, security and defence and internal market and consumer protection. I am President of “Hilfswerk Österreich”, an aid organisation that provides social and healthcare services.