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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Nedergaard, Peter (July 2006). "The 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: against all odds or rational explanations?". Journal of European Integration. 28 (3): 203–223. doi:10.1080/07036330600785749.
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)". European Union Delegation to the United Nations - New York: EU@UN - Partnership in Action. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Franz Fischler". The European Commission. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Homepage".
  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. ^ "FAO - News Article: Candidates for the post of Director-General announced".
  6. ^ Membership Trilateral Commission.

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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