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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 Chair

Gabriele BISCHOFF

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

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

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

 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 2002 Austrian member in the European Economic and Social Committee, Sections SOC (Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship and ECO (Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion), Brussels

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

1976 Ph.D., History and Prehistory, Charles University of Prague
1976-1989 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.
1990-1991 Vice-Chairman of Regional Public Authority in Jindrichuv Hradec
1991-1996 Director of Regional Employment Authority in Jindrichuv Hradec
1996-2004 Member of the Czech Parliament Chamber of Deputies for the CSSD
  Chairman of the Social Policy and Health Care Committee of the Chamber
1997-2001 Vice-Chairman of the CSSD - Czech Social Democratic Party
1998-2002 First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
2001-2004 Chairman of the CSSD - Czech Social Democratic Party
2002-2004 Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
2004-2010 European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
since 2011 Adviser to the Chairman of the Senate (Mr. Milan `tch), Czech Republic

Dr. Karl AIGINGER

Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna

since 1970 Economic Researcher, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
1982 Visiting Professor, Stanford University, California
1984-1987 Deputy Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
1991 Visiting Professor, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts
1993-2000 Member, Supervisory Board, ÖIAG - Österreichische Industrieholding, Vienna
1996-1998 Deputy Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
1997 Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
2000-2004 Deputy Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
since 1992 Honorary Professor, Industrial Economics & Economic Policies, Johannes Kepler University Linz
since 2000 Editor, Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade together with Marcel Canoy
2002 Visiting Professor, Research and Lecturing, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
since 2005 Director, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
since 2006 Professor for Economic Policy, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
since 2012 Coordinator, WWWforEurope (European Commission FP7)