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Legal basis and political perspectives for the future of the EU

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Plenary / Panel
german language

Speakers

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Member, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), European Parliament, Brussels
Mitglied, Europäisches Parlament, Fraktion der Progressiven Allianz der Sozialisten und Demokraten, Brüssel
Professor, Department of European, International and Comparative Law, University of Vienna
Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing 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

Mag. MBL-HSG Othmar KARAS

Member, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), European Parliament, Brussels

 Hochschulen
1996 Universität Wien, Sponsion zum Mag. phil. (Grund- und Integrativwissenschaftliche Fakultät)
1997 Hochschule St.Gallen, Sponsion zum M.B.L. (Postgraduate) (Europäisches und internationales Wirtschaftsrecht)
 Berufliche und politische Funktionen (Auszug)
2013 Donau-Universität Krems, Ehrenprofessor
1979-1981 Politischer Referent der ÖVP
1981-1995 Leitender Angestellter im Banken- und Versicherungssektor
1983-1990 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat
1995-1999 Generalsekretär der ÖVP
seit 1999 Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments
 Europäisches Parlament
seit 2007 Lektor, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien
1999-2004 Präsidiumsmitglied und Schatzmeister der EVP-Fraktion
2002-2004 Wirtschaftssprecher der EVP-Fraktion
2004-2011 Vizepräsident und Schatzmeister der EVP-Fraktion
seit 2004 Präsident der SME Intergroup
2006-2009 Obmann des ÖVP-Europaklubs
2009-2013 Präsident der Kangaroo Group
seit 2010 Berichterstattung zu Basel III und die Überarbeitung der Richtlinien über Eigenkapitalanforderungen (CRD 4)
seit 2011 Obmann des ÖVP-Europaklubs
2012-2014 Vizepräsident des Europäischen Parlaments

Dr. Hannes SWOBODA

Mitglied, Europäisches Parlament, Fraktion der Progressiven Allianz der Sozialisten und Demokraten, Brüssel

1964-1972 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften und Volkswirtschaftslehre
1972 Eintritt in die Wiener Arbeiterkammer, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Abteilung: v.a . Finanzwirtschaft und Umweltpolitik
1976-1986 Leiter der neugegründeten Abteilung für Kommunalpolitik; Beschäftigung insbes. mit Fragen der kommunalen Wirtschafts-, Gesundheits-, Wohnbaupolitik etc.
1983-1988 Mitglied des Wiener Landtages und Gemeinderates
1986-1988 Klubobmann der Sozialistischen Fraktion des Wiener Landtages und Gemeinderates
1988-1991 Amtsführender Stadtrat für Stadtentwicklung, Stadtplanung und Personal der Stadt Wien
1991-1994 Amtsführender Stadtrat für Stadtentwicklung, Stadtplanung und Verkehr der Stadt Wien
1994-1996 Amtsführender Stadtrat für Stadtentwicklung, Stadtplanung und Außenbeziehungen der Stadt Wien
seit 1996 Abgeordneter zum Europäischen Parlament
2012 Fraktionsvorsitzender
2012 Konferenz der Präsidenten
2002 Stellvertreter, Ausschuss für auswärtige Angelegenheiten

Dr. Friedl WEISS

Professor, Department of European, International and Comparative Law, University of Vienna

 Studies in law, including public international and European Community law at the Universities of Vienna, (Dr. iur., 1970), Free University of Brussels, Licence speciale en Droit Europeen, 1972, and Cambridge Downing College; completion of the academic stage of the United Kingdom Bar examination
1970-1971 Court practice, First Instance Civil Court, Vienna Central
1974-1978 Lecturer, law at the University of Birmingham
1979-1992 Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science
1984-1986 Legal adviser, Secretariat of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
1990-1991 Legal consultant, legal affairs division of the GATT Secretariat; Legal Adviser tor DCs and LDCs for the Technical cooperation and training division of the VVorld Trade Organisation
1990-2005 Visiting Professor, Department of International Law, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
1992-2006 Chair of International (Economic) Law and Organisations, University of Amsterdam
  the Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
since 1996 Academic Director, Training and Staff Development Programs and MA Course in International Law and International Relations for High Level Officials in the Ethiopian Government and Members of
1998 EC TACIS Project, Poland
1999 Multilateral Trade Policy Assistance Programme (MUTRAP)
2000-2003 Director of the Amsterdam Law School
 Visiting Professorships
 Visiting Professor at Universities, including: Bocconi, Milano; Tulane University, New Orleans (2005); University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA (2001); International Law Department, Wuhan University, Wuhan, P.R.China (2001&2004); Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II, France (2004); Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales Genève (HEI), University of Geneva (2005); University of Bratislava School of Law
 Lectures and Summer schools all over the world, including School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University Washington DC; Fordham University Law School, New York; University of Bologna; Eastern University of Law and Political Science, Shanghai; North-West University of Political Science and Law, Xi-an, P.R.China; South-West University of Politics and Law, Chongqing, P.R.China; Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; Alpbach Summer School on European Integration; Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine; Duke University Law School Campus, Geneva; University of Belgrade.
2006 Chair of European Community- and EU Law, University of Vienna

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
since 2007 Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union in Brussels