Franz Fischler

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Franz Fischler (2006)

Franz Fischler (born 23 September 1946) is an Austrian politician. 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]

Born in Absam, Tyrol he 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]

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]

Notes and references[edit]

  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/

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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