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Social politics and Europe – a contradiction?

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Head, Section European Politics, Confederation of German Trade Unions, Berlin
Member, Employees Group (II), European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels; Head, Department of Europe and International Relations, Union of Salaried Private Sector Employees, Graphical Workers and Journalists, Vienna
Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Adviser to the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic, Prague
Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna

Gabriele BISCHOFF

Head, Section European Politics, Confederation of German Trade Unions, Berlin

High School Diploma Phillipps-University Marburg, Germany Free University of Berlin, Political Science Diploma in Political Science at the Free University of Berlin Berliner Institut für Sozialforschung (Berlin Institute for Social Research), Researcher FHW-Berlin School of Economics, Researcher IG Metall Germany, Senior-Advisor for Equality IG Metall Germany, Head of Department Social Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Germany Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Germany), Senior Advisor EU-Presidency-Affairs
1980
1981-1983
1983-1988
1988
1988-1989
1989-2001
1991-1996
1997-2000
2000-2005
2006-2008

MA Wolfgang GREIF

Member, Employees Group (II), European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels; Head, Department of Europe and International Relations, Union of Salaried Private Sector Employees, Graphical Workers and Journalists, Vienna

Employed at ÖGB (Austrian Trade Union Federation); currently head of the department "Europe, Multinational Companies and International Relations", Union of Salaried Private Sector Employees, Graphical Workers and Journalists (GPA-djp), Vienna
 Master's degree in history and political sciences at the University of Vienna
 Post-Graduate, Political sciences at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna
since 1992

Vladimír SPIDLA

Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Adviser to the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic, Prague

Master Degree, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Charles University of Prague Ph.D., History and Prehistory, Charles University of Prague A respectable person did not make a special career in my country at that time. So, following my studies I occupied different positions in different sectors very often just as a worker: Saw-mill worker, scene-shifter, dairy industry worker, archaeologist, public administrator in nature protection and environment, construction worker etc. Vice-Chairman of Regional Public Authority in Jindrichuv Hradec Director of Regional Employment Authority in Jindrichuv Hradec Member of the Czech Parliament Chamber of Deputies for the CSSD Vice-Chairman of the CSSD - Czech Social Democratic Party First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Chairman of the CSSD - Czech Social Democratic Party Prime Minister of the Czech Republic European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
1974
1976
1976-1989
1990-1991
1991-1996
  Chairman of the Social Policy and Health Care Committee of the Chamber
1996-2004
1997-2001
1998-2002
2001-2004
2002-2004
2004-2010

Dr. Karl AIGINGER

Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna

Studies of Economics, University of Vienna Economic Researcher, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna Visiting Professor, Stanford University, California Deputy Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna Visiting Professor, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts Member, Supervisory Board, ÖIAG - Österreichische Industrieholding, Vienna Deputy Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles Deputy Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna Honorary Professor, Industrial Economics & Economic Policies, Johannes Kepler University Linz Editor, Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade together with Marcel Canoy Visiting Professor, Research and Lecturing, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna Professor for Economic Policy, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
1966-1970
since 1970
1982
1984-1987
1991
1993-2000
1996-1998
1997
2000-2004
since 1992
since 2000
2002
since 2005
since 2006