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What is the future role of the EU in businesses?

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Raiffeisensaal
Plenary
english language

Speakers

Geschäftsführerin, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Wien Abstract
Europas Aufholprozess im IKT-Sektor gegenüber den USA läuft. Sind Österreich und Europa ausreichend "IT-fit" für die Zukunft?
Innerhalb der EU hat Österreich einen hohen Grad an Internetanbindungen und Handynutzung. Damit jedoch wirklich alle Zugang zu moderner IKT - und damit zur Teilhabe an der Grundlage unserer modernen Lebenswelt - haben, muss der so genannte "Digital Divide" überwunden werden. Dieser hat eine gesellschaftliche wie auch eine wirtschaftliche Dimension.
Es braucht dafür vor allem mehr IT-Ausbildung und Einsatz im Bildungswesen, damit alle Bevölkerungsschichten ihre Chancen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt wahrnehmen können. Gleichzeitig brauchen wir die Förderung der Spitze, denn innovative IT-Entwicklungen sichern unseren Standort (Europa wie Österreich) nachhaltig. Wir müssen also den steigenden Mangel an Fach- und Spitzenkräften in Naturwissenschaften und Technik beheben und diesen Bereich auch nachhaltig attraktiver für Frauen machen.
Managing Partner, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna Abstract
The EU enlargement has been a major force in market liberalisation and legal harmonisation in Europe. The reduction of risk and increase of transparancy has drawn a still growing number of foreign investors to new EU markets. What has changed in doing business in the region since buying a brewery in Romania in the nineties and developing a windpark in Bulgaria in 2009? Which further changes to the legal framework can the EC make to stimulate trade and investment across the single internal market?

further point to be discussed in the light of the above:
- free movement of employment
- financial market developments
Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission, Brussels
Professor, Chair for Tax Management and the Law of International and Liechtenstein Taxation; Head, Institute for Financial Services; Member of the Management Board, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz Abstract
The European Commission's tax policy strategy was set out in a Communication in 2001. Thus, the main priority for tax policy addressed the concerns of individuals and businesses operating within the Internal Market by focusing on the elimination of tax obstacles to all forms of cross-border economic activity, in addition to continuing the fight against  harmful tax competition as well as for the taxation of savings income. In the last years, the Commission focused on the exchange of information for tax purposes, the fight against  harmful tax competition and the prestigious CCCTB project. However, the Commission should rather concentrate on the design of a European tax competition order, an increase in European tax competition, a reduction of cross border tax obstacles, and an enhancement of tax competitiveness to encourage economic growth.
Rector, University of Vienna Chair

Petra JENNER

Geschäftsführerin, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Wien

 Petra Jenner has been General Manager of Microsoft Austria since 1 February 2009. She is in charge of 340 employees and is responsible for the Austrian partner business system, which includes over 5,000 companies and around 5 billion euros added value. Her motto is "do as you would be done by". Before joining Microsoft Austria Jenner, who was born in Germany, worked from early 2004 in the management of the Israeli-American security specialists Check Point Software Technologies in Munich, where she was Regional Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland; in 2008 she also took over responsibility for other countries in northern Europe, making her manager of the largest region in Europe. A business management and computer science graduate, Jenner had previously been managing director of Pitoval GmbH in Munich, and gained further experience from the 1990s onwards in companies such as iMediation, Informix Software and Sybase. In her free time she likes to travel, dance, ski and do yoga. She is married and moved to Vienna at the beginning of 2009.

Dr. Christoph LINDINGER

Managing Partner, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna

1984 Dr. iur., University of Salzburg
1986-1989 Associate, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH
1989-1990 Associate, Liebscher & Partner
1990-1992 Inhouse Legal, RZB - Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG
1992-1994 Attorney, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH
1994-2001 Partner, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH
 Work experience: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
since 2001 Managing Partner, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Ph.D. Pawel SAMECKI

Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission, Brussels

1981 Graduated from the University of Lodz, seven years later Ph.D. in Economics (international economics relations)
1981-1991 Assistant, then Assistant Professor, Institute of Economics, University of Lodz
1991-1996 Director, Bureau for Foreign Assistance, Office of the Council of Ministers
1996-1997 Director, Department for Foreign Assistance, European Programmes and Funds, Office of the Committee for European Integration
1997-1998 Undersecretary of state, Ministry of Finance
1998-2002 Undersecretary of state, Office of the Committee for European Integration
1999-2000 Acting secretary, Committee for European Integration
2002-2003 Research project coordinator, Natolin European Centre, Warsaw
2003-2007 Director, International Department, National Bank of Poland, Warsaw
 since July 2009 Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission, Brussels
2004-2009 Member of the Management Board, National Bank of Poland, Warsaw

Dr. Martin WENZ

Professor, Chair for Tax Management and the Law of International and Liechtenstein Taxation; Head, Institute for Financial Services; Member of the Management Board, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

1992-1998 Doctoral studies, University of Mannheim, research at Univ. of Cambridge and Oxford
1992-2000 Scientist, University of Mannheim and Ludwig-Maximilian- University of Munich
2001-2002 Authorised officer and manager, KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG, Frankfurt am Main, National Tax & Legal Division
2002-2005 Assistant Professor, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Chair of Business Administration, Business Taxation and the Law of Taxation, Prof. Drs. Theisen
2002-2005 Habilitation studies, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
since 2005 Professor, Chair for Tax Management and the Law of International and Liechtenstein Taxation, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
since 2006 Head of the Institute for Financial Services and Member of the University Management Board, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
since 2007 Chairman of the Liechtenstein working group of tax experts to develop a draft for a total revision of the Liechtenstein tax law
since 2008 Advisor to the Liechtenstein Government to develop drafts to negotiate double tax conventions (DTC) and tax information exchange agreements (TIEA)

Dr. Georg WINCKLER

Rector, University of Vienna

 Studies at Princeton University and the University of Vienna
1968 Promotion Dr. rer. pol.
since 1978 Full Professor of Economics, University of Vienna; several appointments as Visiting Professor (i.a. Georgetown University, USA)
since 1999 Rector of the University of Vienna (re-elected 2003 and 2007)
2000-2005 President of the Austrian Rectors' Conference (re-elected 2001 and 2004)
2001-2005 Vice-President and Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels-Geneva
2005-2009 President of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels-Geneva