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Franz Fischler

Franz Fischler

President, European Forum Alpbach; European Commissioner for Agriculture and Fisheries (1995-2004)

Expert Events

15 January
DIALOGUE OF CIVIL DIALOGUES Building 2, Floor 2, Lecture Room 237


Franz Fischler was born on the 23rd of September 1946 as the first of 6 sons in a village in Tyrol. He went to University in Vienna in 1967 and he ended his University career in 1976 with the Doktor Diploma for agricultural Sciences.

Then he worked as Assistant Professor on the Agricultural University in Vienna.

His career as a representative of the agricultural sector began in 1979 when he joined the Tyrol Chamber of Agriculture. He dealt with environmental issues, education and training, culture and land-use planning until 1984, when he became the Director of the Chamber.

In 1989 he was appointed Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Austria. In that capacity he played an important part in the negotiations for Austria`S accession to the European Union.

From 1995 to 1999 he was European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

From September 1999 until November 2004 he was also responsible for Community Fishery Policy.

Since December 2004, Franz Fischler is concentrating on doing consultancy work, giving lectures, holding speeches and fulfilling his tasks being President of the think tank “European Forum Alpbach” since 2012.