Paul Rübig (born on 6 May 1953 in Wels) is an Austrian politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party. He became Member of the European Parliament on 25 January 1996, and was re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Hence, he is the longest-serving MEP from Austria.
Born in 1953, Rübig attended the polytechnic institute for farm machinery design in Steyr, graduating in 1972. After his military service, he studied business administration, marketing and industrial engineering at the University of Linz (1972–78). He completed his studies there with a doctorate at the Institute for Auditing, Trusteeship and Accountancy in 1984. At the same time, he worked as a glider and skiing instructor.
He started his business career already in 1972, working in the family forging company with various general management appointments until 1996. During the course of his business career he founded companies in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Political career 
In 1991, Rübig was selected as a candidate for the Austrian People's Party for the regional elections in Upper Austria. After having been elected, he instantly became Chairman of the then so-called EU Integration Committee. By facilitating the accession of Austria to the European Union in this period, he quickly gained significant expertise in EU related matters. After a very short period as MP, he became Member of the European Parliament on 25 January 1996, at this time by decision of the Austrian Parliament. Since then, he was four times re-elected, namely in 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
Convinced about the benefits of a functioning social partnership in Austria, he held various positions within the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. From 1991 to 1996 he was board member of the Upper Austria Business Promotion Institute, from 1996 to 2000 Vice-President of the Upper Austria Chamber of Commerce, and from 2000 to 2005 Industry Vice-Chairman of the federal organization of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
Parliamentary Work 
Paul Rübig is permanent member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Committee on Budgetary Control and is a substitute member of the Committee on Budgets. As deputy chairman, he is member of the Maghreb delegation, and is furthermore active in the delegations to the EFTA countries and to the Arabic peninsula.
As one of the initiators of the WTO Steering Committee, Rübig holds the position of the EPP small businesses spokesperson. Furthermore, he is the Treasurer of the Austrian EPP delegation in the European Parliament, first deputy chairman of STOA (Scientific Technology Options Assessment) and chairman of the Paneuropean Working Group in the European Parliament
Being an strong supporter of small and medium-sized enterprises, Rübig held various functions in this specific policy area. From 1999 to 2000, he was elected President of the SME Circle of the EPP Parliamentary Group, from 2000 to 2001 Co-President of the SME Union of the European People's Party and from 2001 to 2003 he held this same position alone as its President. Since 2003, he is also the President of SME Global.
In May 2012, he founded together with the Danish MEP Bendt Bendtsen and the Bulgarian MEP Nadezhda Neynsky a new organization called SME Europe which aims at improving the situation of small and medium-sized enterprises all across Europe. In February 2013, the General Assembly decided to choose Rübig as the Honorary President of the organization.
Handover of the Peace Light 
Since Austria joined the European Union (1995), Rübig initiated the tradition of bringing the Peace Light of Bethlehem to Strasbourg to hand the flame over to the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the city itself.
- 2003: Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria
- 2008: Member of the European Parliament of the Year, Category: Research and Innovation
- Mühlbacher, Hans / Rübig, Paul: Internationale Patent- und Lizenzpolitik, Marketingstudie 6. 1979.
- Rübig, Paul (ed.): Lizenzmarketing, Trauner Verlag, Herausgeber Kulhavy 1984.
- Kaspar, Achim / Rübig, Paul (eds.): Telekommunikation - Herausforderung für Österreich, Signum Verlag. 1997
- Kaspar, Achim / Rübig, Paul (eds.): Telekommunikation II, Signum Verlag. 1999
- Kaspar, Achim / Rübig, Paul (eds.): e-wwworld>2000, Linde Verlag. 2000
- Kaspar, Achim / Rübig, Paul (eds.): Telekommunikation IV. Sternzeit 2010, Linde Verlag 2006
- De Fouloy, Christian / Rübig, Paul: The way to a united Europe, Unicorn Verlag. 2004.
- Official website of Paul Rübig: www.mep.at
- European Parliament biography of Paul Rübig (incl. Speeches, Questions and Motions)
- Declaration (PDF) of financial interests (German)
- Profile of Paul Rübig, Austrian Parliament, 15 October 2009
- Lecture of Dr. Paul Rübig, Stiftsgymnasium Kremsmünster, 27 May 2008
- Profile: Paul Rübig, Austrian Parliament, 15 October 2009.
- Profile: Paul Rübig, meineabgeordneten.at, retrieved on 31 March 2013.
- STOA Vorstand, European Parliament, retrieved on 29 March 2013.
- In necessariis unitas, dubiis libertas, in omnibus libertas, Paneuropa, retrieved on 31 March 2013
- http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/shotlist.cfm?ref=89806 Handover of the Flame of Peace], European Commission, 10 December 2012.
- Overview of all awarded Decorations for Services to the Republic of Austria by the Federal President since 1952 (PDF; 6,9 MB)
- Plassnik congratulates Paul Ruebig on EU Award, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, 10 October 2008