Dr Maria Rauch-Kallat, Austrian Minister of Health and Women
Renate Brauner, MA, Vienna City Councillor for Health and Social Affairs
“Ladies and Gentlemen,
Innovation and creativity are not only important for the success of businesses. They play important roles in social matters also. There too, a continuous development of services for clients is happening. In Vienna, we have a broad network of municipal institutions, NGOs, initiatives and associations. What they offer in social matters is continually being improved. At the centre of this process is the enhancement of the clients’ utility.
The SozialMarie awards promote innovation and creativity by encouraging those who run social projects to look for new ideas and experiment new approaches. This “competition of ideas” contributes towards improving the offer and thus people’s lives.
I have thus readily agreed to become patron for the 2006 edition of SozialMarie. I wish the initiators and all participants all the best for the future and am looking forward to the 2006 winners!"
Renate Brauner, MA
Councillor for Health and Social Affairs