Dr. Franz Fischler, Former European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development / Executive director of Fischler Consult GMBH – Absam, Austria
Franz Fischler is an Austrian politician. He was the European Union's Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries between 1995 and 2004.Currently he is the acting President of the European Forum Alpbach.
Dr. Fischler has been Director of Tyrol Chamber of Agriculture from 1985 to 1989, between 1989 and 1994 Fischler was Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry and since 1990 elected Member of National Council. In 1995 he became European Commissioner in Brussels, responsible for agriculture and rural development and in 1999 fisheries also became part of his responsibilities.
At the 1999 Berlin summit, Franz Fischler had significant influence on the Agenda 2000+.
In 2011 Austria has decided to nominate Dr. Franz Fischler as a candidate for the position of director general of FAO.