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Networking und Lobbying in der Europäischen Kommission

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Alpbacher Hauptschule (Turnsaal)
Plenary / Panel
in englischer Sprache

Vortragende

Leiterin, Referat Durchsetzung und Verfahrensreform, GD Wettbewerb, Europäische Kommission, Brüssel
Director, Directorate D Markets and Cases III: Financial Services, Directorate-General Competition, European Commission, Brussels Abstract
A big part of all rules and regulations in Europe originate from decisions made at European level. Thus, participating, networking, lobbying at European level is important.
The Commission has always been open to input from all stakeholders and the general public. This process of open and transparent policymaking is regarded as a fundamental element in the development of sound and workable policies.

Why do we  network and welcome input from all stakeholders?
The continuous dialogue has proven valuable to both the Commission and to the interested outside parties, because in the end, it helps in building up  at an early stage - mutual understanding of the issues at stake for all parties involved. In making we get all relevant information, it helps the Commission to get the policy choices right. Likewise, it helps the different stakeholders to better understand the European dimension of some issues whilst at the same time giving them every opportunity to feed their legitimate interests into the policymaking process.

How do we  network / how are we lobbied?
" We actively pursue networking contacts with the other institutions, i.e. contacts with
o key Members and staff of the European Parliament
o Member States representatives, both in Brussels but also  back home
o Colleagues in the European Central Bank, European Investment Bank, IMF, etc.
" In DG Internal Market and Services, we have established a very constructive dialogue: we talk and listen to those who are/will be affected by our action:
o Institutions, companies, service providers
o European and national federations and associations
o Interest groups, consumers, users, investors, workers
" We engage in open and transparent policy development, by ensuring stakeholders input into our work:
o Participation of government and market representatives in COM expert groups
o Consultation-consultation-consultation  on-line consultations, consultative Commission papers (e.g. Green Papers, etc.)
o Organisation of conferences, hearings, etc.

When is lobbying most effective?
" When it is based on reasonable arguments and not just defending entrenched positions
" When the ones the lobbyist is representing talk with one voice
" When it is short, concise, to the point  remember: we have to read all that!
" When it comes  on time : act before the main principles have been decided upon
" When it is done at all levels  simultaneously : desk officers, Heads of Units, Directors, Director General, and Commissioner. Remember: desk officers hold the pen!
" When it comes in a language which does not need translation, which in Financial Services is preferably& .
Former Director-General, DG TAXUD - Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission, Brussels
Former Head, EU-Office of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Brussels Chair

Mag. Barbara BRANDTNER

Leiterin, Referat Durchsetzung und Verfahrensreform, GD Wettbewerb, Europäische Kommission, Brüssel

 Studied Law at the University of Vienna, the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and the University of Michigan Law School (LLM 1992).
1993-1995 Associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels
since 1996 European Commission at the Legal Service
2002-2004 Member of the Cabinet of the Hon. Chris Patten, European Commissioner for External Relations
2004-2008 Member, then Deputy Head of Cabinet of Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Competition
since 2008 Head of Unit "Enforcement and Procedural Reform" in DG Competition (COMP.H.4)

Dr. Irmfried SCHWIMANN

Director, Directorate D Markets and Cases III: Financial Services, Directorate-General Competition, European Commission, Brussels

 University degree in law and political science
1984-1989 Diplomatic Service, Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, posts in Vienna, New Delhi, Brussels
1989-1999 Head of service "International relations", Bundesländer Insurance Company; after merger/restructuring: UNIQA insurance group
since 1999 European Commission
1999-2006 DG Internal Market
1999-2002 Desk officer, Unit "Payment Systems and Retail Issues"
2002-2003 Member, Commissioner Bolkestein' s cabinet
2003-2006 Head, Unit "Financial Services Policy"
since 2006 Directorate General Competition
2006-2009 Head, Unit "Financial Services" (Antitrust)
2007-2009 Acting Director, "Financial Services and Health-related markets"
  Head, Financial Crisis Task Force
since 2009 Director, "Markets and Cases III: Financial Services,

Mag. Heinz ZOUREK

Former Director-General, DG TAXUD - Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission, Brussels

 Studied Economics, University of Vienna
 Started his professional life in the Chamber of Labour in Vienna, where he became Director of the department for External Trade and European Integration
1990-1993 Director, Economic Policy Department, Confederation of Austrian Trade Unions, Vienna
1993-1995 Member of the College, EFTA Surveillance Authority
1995-2001 Deputy Director General, Directorate General for the Internal Market, European Commission, Brussels
2001-2005 Deputy Director-General, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, Brussels
2005-2012 Director-General, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, Brussels
2012-2016 Director-General, DG TAXUD - Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission, Brussels
since 2016 Retired, Special Advisor for Commissioner Moscovici

Mag. Barbara SCHENNACH

Former Head, EU-Office of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Brussels

  und Handelspolitik
1998 Eintritt in das EU-Traineeprogramm der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, Wirtschaftspolitische Abteilung, Abt. für Integrations-
2000 Entsendung an das EU-Büro der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich in Brüssel
2002 Leitung, EU-Büro des Österreichischen Sparkassenverbandes, Brüssel
2003 Stellvertretende Leiterin, EU-Büro der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
seit 2005 Leiterin, EU-Büro der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich