Franz Fischler

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Franz Fischler (2006)

Franz Fischler (born 23 September 1946) is an Austrian politician from the Christian-conservative People's Party (ÖVP). He was the European Union's Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries (1995–2004).[1] Currently he is President of the European Forum Alpbach.[2]

Education and early career

Born in Absam, Tyrol Fischler studied agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, and finished as Dr rer.nat.oec. in 1978.[1] He worked as University assistant from 1973 to 1979, then for the Tyrol Chamber of Agriculture, finally as its director from 1985 to 1989.[1]

Political career

Between 1989 and 1994 Fischler was Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, and since 1990 elected Member of National Council.[1][3] In 1995 he became European Commissioner in Brussels, responsible for agriculture and rural development.[1] In 1999 fisheries also became part of his responsibilities.[1]

At the 1999 Berlin summit, Franz Fischler had significant influence on the Agenda 2000.[4]

In 2011 Austria has decided to nominate Dr. Franz Fischler as a candidate for the position of director general of FAO.[5]

Other activities

Further reading

See also: Fischler, Franz (16 September 2003). "Speech by Commissioner Fischler - From Cancun - The road ahead for the trade and agriculture negotiations (transcript of speech)". eu-un.europa.eu. European Union Delegation to the United Nations - New York: [email protected] - Partnership in Action. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015. 

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Franz Fischler". The European Commission. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.alpbach.org/
  3. ^ "Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Fischler" (in German). The Austrian Parliament. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Van Oudenaren, John (2005). "AGENDA 2000 AND THE BERLIN PACKAGE". Uniting Europe. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 153–154. ISBN 978-0-7425-3661-6. 
  5. ^ http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/50267/icode/
  6. ^ Membership Trilateral Commission.

External links

  • Franz Fischler Consult
  • Franz Fischler for Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Political offices
Preceded by
Josef Riegler
Agriculture Minister of Austria
1989– 1994
Succeeded by
Wilhelm Molterer
First Austrian European Commissioner
1995– 2004
Succeeded by
Benita Ferrero-Waldner
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