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04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Breakout / Sustainability
in englischer Sprache

There is a positive correlation between economic growth and entrepreneurial spirit in a society. Entrepreneurs contribute to welfare and stability by creating new jobs and undertaking investments. How might policymakers therefore best support new businesses and promote an entrepreneurial spirit?

Policy Director EU Affairs, EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels
Member, European Parliament, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Brussels
Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
Head, European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna Chair


Policy Director EU Affairs, EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels

 Degrees in Business Administration and in European Politics and spent several years in international publishing in the UK before embarking on a career in EU public affairs. Before joining EUROCHAMBRES in 2008, he worked in the European Commission, the European Parliament and as a project manager for a European innovation network, as well as creating and running for several years his own EU advocacy company.

Ing. Mag. Dr. Paul G. RÜBIG

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

1972-1978 Studium der Betriebswirtschaft, Marketing und Produktionstechnik, Universität Linz
1978-1984 Doktorat am Institut für Revisions-, Treuhand- und Rechnungswesen, Universität Linz
1991-1996 Abgeordneter zum Oberösterreichischen Landtag
1996 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat
seit 1996 Abgeordneter zum Europäischen Parlament
 Lehraufträge: Universität Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz


Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1978-1983 Institute of Higher Education for Tourism, Schloss Klessheim, Salzburg
1984 Entry into the family business
1987 Chief Executive Officer, Hochzillertal GmbH, Kaltenbach
Managing Director, Schultz Group, Kaltenbach
2004-2010 President, Women in the Economy, Schwaz
since 2005 Committee member, Association of Travel Agencies in Tyrol
2008-2010 Vice President, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
2008-2011 Member of the Committee, Tyrol Tourism-Development Fund, Innsbruck
Member, Advisory Board for Tyrol Tourism, Innsbruck
2008-2013 President, Women in the Economy, Austrian People's Party Business Federation, Vienna
President, Women in the Economy, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
since 2008 Member of Economic Parliament, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
since 2010 Member of the Steering Committee for the Division for Tourism and the Leisure Industry, The Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
Deputy Chairwoman, Association of Hotels in Tyrol
Vice President, WKO - Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
2012-2015 Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels
since 2015 President, "Women in Business", Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Vice President of EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels
since 2016 President of the ibw - Institut für Bildungsforschung der Wirtschaft Austria, Research and Development in Vocational Education and Training,Vienna
Vice President of Wirtschaftsbund and Vice President "Women in Business", Wirtschaftsbund, Central Office, Vienna

MMag. Christian MANDL

Head, European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1982-1987 Studies of Economic Sciences, University of Vienna
1983-1988 Studies of Legal Sciences, University of Vienna
1988-1990 International Studies, University of Vienna
1993-1994 Postgraduate Studies, Nonprofit-Management, University of Freiburg
1988-2001 Federation of Austrian Industry (IV)
1988-1992 Department for Trade and International Monetary Policy, Federation of Austrian Industry
1992-1993 Assistant to the Secretary General, Federation of Austrian Industry
1993-2001 Head, European Information Service (1995-2001 official Euro Info Centre of the European Commission)
1996-2001 Managing Director, Association "Euro Info Centre der Industriellenvereinigung"
1996-2000 Head of Department "European Integration"
2000-2001 Managing Director of the projects "EU-competition law and Austrian Competition Authority" and "Austrian Offset-Opportunities"
since 2001 Head of European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber WKÖ, Vienna

Political Symposium

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13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary