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Environmental policy in the cross-fire of lobbyists

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President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Representative for EU Affairs, CNC - Communications & Network Consulting AG, Brussels Abstract
Three principles:
-Sustainability has three legs: ecology, economy, society
-In a democracy it is legitimate to dispute a political target and to ask for evidential proof
-Once a political target is defined, it is legitimate to propose alternative ways to reach that goal
Example: CO2 regulation for cars: Corporate Europe Observatory: Worst Lobbying Award to BMW, Daimler Porsche for watering down EU CO2 legislation for cars.The auto lobby agrees with the target but wants to reach it in the least costly way and in a way that is acceptable to society.
-EU target: average CO2 emissions of 120 g/km per new car in 2012
-2012 is a date that cannot be attained starting from an average of 160 g/km in 2006; phasing-in 2012 -2015 is the best industry can do;
-Down-sizing is no sustainable alternative for economic and societal reasons;
-Established test procedure not fully representative and cannot be made fully representative, certainly not by 2012 or 2015  hence acceptance of credits for eco-innovations is only fair and stimulates innovation;
Statement: It is legitimate and in the public interest to challenge proposed environmental policy measures on grounds of economic or social sustainability.
Ambassador ret.; Consultant, Federation of Austrian Industry, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Dr. Hanns R. GLATZ

Representative for EU Affairs, CNC - Communications & Network Consulting AG, Brussels

 Studied law, politics and economics, University of Vienna
 Doctor of laws, University of Vienna
 MA European Studies, College of Europe in Bruges
1968 Private Office, Austrian Minister of Agriculture, Vienna
1970 Ford Europe, Governmental Affairs Office, Brussels
1979 Secretary General of the CLCA, the EU federation of national motor vehicle manufacturers associations, Brussels
1989-2009 Head, Corporate Representative Office for European Affairs, Daimler-Benz (now Daimler AG), Brussels
since 2010 Head of Brussels Office, CNC - Communications & Network Consulting AG, International

Dr. Gregor WOSCHNAGG

Ambassador ret.; Consultant, Federation of Austrian Industry, Vienna

1960-1965 Jusstudium, Universitäten Wien, Grenoble und Trinity College, Cambridge
1965-1966 Postgraduate-Studium in Europarecht und Nationalökonomie am "Collège d'Europe" in Brügge, Belgien
  Integration
1966 Nach Gerichtspraxis Eintritt in das Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Abteilung Wirtschaftliche
1968-1973 Österreichische Vertretung, Vereinte Nationen in New York
1973-1975 Österreichischer Botschafter, Kairo
1975-1981 Leiter, Abteilung Presse und Information im Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten
  Umweltschutz UNEP und Städteplanung HABITAT
1981-1986 Österreichischer Botschafter in Nairobi und Ständiger Vertreter bei den UN-Organisationen in Nairobi über
1986-1987 Leiter, Generalsekretariat im Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten
  Stellvertreter von Bot. Dr. Manfred Scheich bei den EWR- und EU-Beitrittsverhandlungen
1987-1996 Leiter, Abteilung Wirtschaftliche Integration im Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten;
  auswärtige Angelegenheiten
1993-1996 Stellvertretender Leiter, Wirtschafts- und integrationspolitische Sektion im Bundesministerium für
1997-1999 Leiter, Wirtschafts- und integrationspolitische Sektion im Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten
1999-2007 Ständiger Vertreter Österreichs, Europäischen Union