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Franz Fischler (born 23 September 1946) is an Austrian politician. He was the European Union’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries (1995–2004). Currently he is President of the European Forum Alpbach.
Born in Absam, Tyrol he studied agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, and finished as Dr rer.nat.oec. in 1978. He worked as University assistant from 1973 to 1979, then for the Tyrol Chamber of Agriculture, finally as its director 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. 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.