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Networking and Lobbying in Finance

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Director Economic and Fiscal Affairs, European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Brussels Abstract
1. Interest representation by a small and horizontal association
" UEAPME  the European Craft and SME association
" strengths and weaknesses as regards lobbying
" focus on priorites

2. Priority for lobbying: Access to finance for SMEs
" Retail banking regulation / decentralised structures
" State aid regulations: risk capital, guarantees, temporary framework
" European financial instruments: CIP, JEREMIE, EIB/EIF

3. Important elements of lobbying strategies:
" become relevant stakeholder  European Institutions and other players
" ally with other groups, which have similar interests
" act as a problem solver and not as a creator of problems
" organise support at national level
" ensure visibility for your needs and arguments
Advisor, European Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington D.C. Abstract
Networking and Lobbying in Finance: How the IMF interacts with EU institutions

The IMF works closely with several EU institutions, especially the ECB and the European Commission s Directorate for Economics and Finance (DG ECFIN). The relationship is multi-faceted and has intensified in the context of the recent financial crisis.
While the EU is not directly represented in the IMF Board, it takes an active interest in Fund matters through its member states executive directors (who often coordinate their positions with Commission services) and an ECB observer. Similarly, the Fund closely follows the EU s monetary and economic policies as part of its regional surveillance, including through an annual discussion of euro area policies.
Discussions between the IMF and EC/ECB have traditionally focused on EU and ECB policies and policy frameworks(e.g. trade and monetary policy, the stability and growth pact, the arrangements for cross-border financial supervision, the Lisbon framework for structural reform). In addition, the IMF and the EC/ECB both have a surveillance role over the policies of individual EU member states.
Cooperation recently reached a new level with the approval of balance of payment support programs for Hungary, Latvia and Romania, financed by both the IMF and the EU. This requires agreement on such difficult issues as financial burden sharing and the details of a countries policy agenda (conditionality). The modus operandi of this policy coordination is still evolving.
How does IMF staff  network with EU institutions? Established working-level contacts exist, typically involving middle management staff (IMF mission chiefs and senior department staff and EC/ECB unit chiefs and directors). Teleconferences have become more frequent in recent years. IMF staff also usually visit Brussels or Frankfurt en route to country missions and the IMF has an office in Paris (covering EU intuitions and the OECD). The recent crisis, has also led to an intensification of high-level contacts, including between the heads of IMF, EC and ECB. Finally, the IMF has stepped up its networking through other EU intuitions (e.g. European Parliament) and individual member states.
Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing Abstract
The Economic and Financial Crisis has dominated the EU agenda since last autumn. The challenges for national governments and the EU institutions were unprecedented.
Reconciling measures at national levels with the rules and requirements of the internal market,as well as coordinating policy responses, rescue measures for banks and economic stimulus measures were the tasks of numerous meetings at the highest level.
More recently attention focused on the regulatory framework and macro- and microprudential supervision.
Substantial interests are at stake. Networking at all levels to understand each other s positions and the scope for compromises is essential to ensure a satisfactory outcome of negotiations between member states and the European Commission as well as within the Council.
Senior Partnership Advisor (Consultant), Europe and Central Asia Region, The World Bank, Munich Chair

Mag. Gerhard HUEMER

Director Economic and Fiscal Affairs, European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Brussels

1986 University Linz, Diploma in Economics
1987-1998 Economic Policy Department, Austrian Economic Chamber
1994-1998 Managing Director, Austrian Advisory Council for Economic and Social Affairs
since 1999 Director for Economic and Fiscal Policies and Head of the Study Unit, UEAPME (European Association for Crafts and SMEs), Brussels


Advisor, European Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington D.C.

1986-1993 Freelance Journalist, various German business publications
1989-1993 Assistant Professor, Regensburg University, Germany
1993-2005 Various positions in the IMF's Policy Department, European II Department and African Department
2005-2009 IMF Senior Regional Representative, Warsaw, Poland
since 2009 Advisor in the IMF's European Department, responsible for Eastern Europe, in particular Baltic countries, Washington D.C.

Dr.iur. Hans-Dietmar SCHWEISGUT

Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing

1974 Graduation, Law Faculty (Dr. Jur.), Innsbruck University
1975 MCL, SMU, Dallas, USA
1975-1977 Postgraduate studies, Diplomatische Akademie Wien (Diplomatic Academy Vienna)
1977 Joins the Austrian diplomatic service
1979-1983 Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, New York
1983-1984 Head of the office, State Secretary for Economic Coordination in the Austrian Federal Chancellery
1984-1986 Secretary and later head of the office to the Federal Minister for Public Economy and Transport of Austria
1986-1987 Economic advisor to the Austrian Federal Minister of Finance
1987-1991 Minister at the Austrian Embassy, Tokyo
  Institutions, European Integration, Customs and excise taxes
1991-1999 Director General for Economic Integration and Customs of the Federal Ministry of Finance, responsible for economic and monetary policy, international affairs, including the International Financial
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Japan
2003-2007 Ambassador of Austria to the People's Republic of China
2007 -2010 Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union in Brussels
2011 -2014 Ambassador of the European Union to Japan

Franz KAPS

Senior Partnership Advisor (Consultant), Europe and Central Asia Region, The World Bank, Munich

1964 Masters in Law
1968 Bar Examination (Assessor iur.)
1968-1970 Assistant to Member of German Parliament, Bonn/Germany
1970-1972 World Bank Secretary s Department
1972-1984 Several operational assignments in Central America, Egypt and Yugoslavia
1984-1997 Several senior assignments in the World Bank s Africa Region, including serving as Resident Representative in Dakar Senegal (1984-88)
1997-2000 Senior Partnership Advisor, Office of the Vice President Europe and Central Asia
2000-2004 Senior Partnership Advisor, Office of the Vice President Europe and Central Asia, based in Budapest, Hungary. Prime responsibility: overall coordination between the World Bank and the European Commission (EC) concerning the enlargement process of the European Union (EU) as well as the so-called European Neighborhood Policy (ENP)
 Retired in late May 2007 but continues to serve as World Bank consultant, especially on matters related to cooperation between the World Bank s Europe and Central Asia Region and European institutions, especially the European Commission.
2004-2007 World Bank Special Representative for Southeast Europe and co-manager of Joint European Commission-World Bank Office for Southeast Europe, as well as ECA Senior Partnership Advisor, Brussels, Belgium