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Networking and lobbying as seen by the European Commission and the European Council

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Speakers

Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna Abstract
The regulation No 31 (EEC), 11 (EAEC), lays down the staff regulations of officials and the conditions of employment of other servants of the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community. In title II of this regulation the rights and obligations of officials are set out. following these rules "an official shall carry out his duties and conduct himself solely with the interests of the Communities in mind; he shall neither seek nor take instructions from any government, authority, organization or person outside his institution. He shall carry out the duties assigned to him objectively, impartially and in keeping with his duty of loyalty to the Communities. An official shall not without the permission of the appointing authority accept from any government or from any other source outside the institution to which hen belongs any honour, decoration, favour, gift or payment of any kind whatever, except for services rendered either before his appointment or during special leave for military or other national service and in respect of such service".
So it is made very clear that officials are not and may to no extend be seconded by national governments and must not receive any order or directives from others than from their institution. Any assignment to an institution has a selection procedure as condition. The assignment is a permanent one and therefore such an assignment gives a reasonable state of independence to the official assigned. This very particular independence is one of the major assets and advantages for an official as such but also for the institution and the community interest.
Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union, Brussels Abstract
Permanent Representations in Brussels are not the main focus of lobbying activities  they are directed more to the Commission at the start of the legislative process and to members of the European Parliament, as well as to national governments in their respective capitals.
Being aware of the positions of interest groups, their role and strength in member states and at the European level is essential, however, to fully understand national positions, the likely room for maneuver and the shape of possible compromises.
Networking at the level of the Council has to take this into account to ensure support for national positions and to be effective in influencing negotiations on often complex dossiers with different interests involved.
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 is 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.
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.
Advisor, Directorate General Communication, European Commission, Brussels Chair

DI Andrä RUPPRECHTER

Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna

1988-1989 Assistant to the Director, Austrian Farmers' Union, Vienna
1989-1997 Member, Cabinet of Austrian Federal Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Franz Fischler, Wilhelm Molterer, Vienna
1993-1994 Member, Negotiation team on expert level for the agriculture chapter of the Austrian accession negotiations to the European Union
1995-2002 Head, EU-Coordination Unit, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna; Austrian Spokesman, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
1998 President, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
1998-2002 Deputy Director General, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
2002-2007 Director General, Department Agriculture and Nutrition, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna
2006 Head, National delegation, Council of Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
2007-2013 Director for Rural Development and Agriculture Finances, General Secretariat, Council of the European Union, Brussels
since 2013 Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
since 2017 President, Union of European Federalists Austria, Vienna

Dr.iur. Hans-Dietmar SCHWEISGUT

Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union, Brussels

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

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,

Dipl.-Ing. Karl Georg DOUTLIK

Advisor, Directorate General Communication, European Commission, Brussels

1964-1970 Universität für Bodenkultur, Vienna (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences)
1970-1972 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. USA, Master of Science
  disposal, Project engineer
1972 G. Edwin Pidcock Consulting Engineers, Allentown, Pa. USA, Environmental technology, water supply, waste water
  Manager for Technical Development, Sales Manager, Division Manager
1973-1992 ETERNIT-Werke L. Hatschek AG, Wiener Neudorf, Pipe systems for Water supply and Wastewater Disposal,
  General Manager
1993-1997 ETERNIT Tiefbau GmbH, Wiener Neudorf, Pipe systems for water supply and waste water disposal,
  Elaboration of enterprise aspects regarding sustainable development and environment policy
1998-2000 European Commission, Brussels, DG Enterprise Head of Unit for "Environmental aspects of enterprise policy",
  Project management in the framework of perennial programs and entrepreneurial initiative, pertinent political
  development
2000-2002 European Commission, Brussels, DG Enterprise Head of Unit for "Improving framework conditions for SMEs",
  in Austria, Information brokering and commentatorship
2002-2008 European Commission, Vienna, DG Communication, Head of the representation of the European Commission