Franz Fischler

President of the European Forum Alpbach, MORE EUROPE Patron

Franz Fischler, Austria´s former Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of the European Union (EU), is the President of the European Forum Alpbach since March 2012. He also runs his own consultancy business and is a lecturer in great demand.
 
M. Fischler started his career in 1979 in the extension service and served as Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry from 1989 to 1994. In his role as Minister, he led the negotiations on agriculture issues for Austria´s accession to the EU. For nearly a decade (1995 to 2004) he then successfully shaped the European Agricultural Policy as the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.
 
A native of Tyrol, Austria, Franz Fischler holds a PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.