Political Group: EPP
Phone in Brussels: +32 (0)2 284 57 49
Qualification in farm machinery design from HTL Steyr (1967-1972). Degree in business management, marketing and industrial engineering from Johannes Kepler University in Linz (1972-1978). Doctorate in business management from the Institute for Auditing, Trusteeship and Accountancy at Johannes Kepler University in Linz (1978-1984). Senior positions within the Rübig Group. Qualified smith.
Member, Upper Austria Regional Assembly (1991-1996). Chair, EU Integration Committee.
Member of the Austrian Parliament (1996).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1996). Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Budgetary Control. Substitute member of the Committee on Budgets. Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union. Member of the Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee (Arctic Council and EFTA). Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (Gulf Cooperation Council). EPP small-business spokesman on the WTO Steering Committee. Treasurer, ÖVP delegation, European Parliament. First Vice-Chair of the STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) Panel (since 2012). Chair of the STOA Panel (2009-2012).
President and founding member, SME Global (since 2003). Honorary President and founding member, SME Europe (since 2012). Co-President (2000-2001) and President (2001-2003), SME-Union. President, SME Circle (1999-2000). Council Member, STS Forum (Science and Technology in Society).
President of EUCUSA (2000-2002). Vice-Chair, Industry Sector, Austrian Chamber of Commerce (2000-2010); Executive Member, Industry Sector, Austrian Chamber of Commerce (since 2010). Vice-President, Upper Austria Chamber of Commerce (1996-2000). Board member, Upper Austria Business Promotion Institute (1991-1996).
University lecturer in Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt. Chair, EU education policy section, Federation of Austrian Industry.
Member of the following parliamentary groupings: Kangaroo Group, MEP Heart Group, European Energy Forum, and European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources.
Distinguished businessman award (2009). Awarded the Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria (2003); Freeman of the city of Sanford (North Carolina; 1980); Silver European Pin, HTL Steyr (1971).
MEP of the Year Award, 2008, in the category for research and innovation (Europe-wide voting).
Thomas Benedikt Thaler