Political Group: EPP
Phone in Brussels: +32 (0)2 284 57 49
Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union
Committee on Budgetary Control
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Delegation for relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee
Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean
Committee on Budgets
Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula
Farm machinery design at Styria polytechnic (1967-1972). Studied economics in Linz (1972-1978). Doctorate, Linz University Institute for Auditing, Trusteeship and Accountancy (1978-1984). Managing director of the Rübig Schmied company.
Member, Upper Austria Regional Assembly (1991-1996). Chairman, EU Integration Committee.
Member of the Nationalrat (1996).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1996). Member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, Substitute member of the Committee on Budgets. EPP small business spokesperson on the WTO Steering Committee. Member of the Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Norway, to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and to the European Economic Area Joint Parliamentary Committee (Arctic Council and EFTA). Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (Gulf Cooperation Council).
President, SME Circle (1999-2000).
Co-President (2000-2001) and President (2001-2003) of the European Business Federation (SME-Union).
President of SME Global (since 2003). Board member, Upper Austria Business Promotion Institute (1991-1996).
Vice-President, Upper Austria Chamber of Commerce (1996-2000).
President of EUCUSA (2000-2002). Industry Committee Vice-Chair, Austrian Chamber of Commerce (2000-2010), Member of the Industry Committee, Austrian Chamber of Commerce (since 2010).
Chair of the STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) Committee.
Honorary citizen of Sanford (USA).
D’Artagnan had three musketeers, Charlie three angels – Paul Rübig his three assistants: Thomas Benedikt THALER (right), who studied law in Innsbruck, Paris and Vienna, as well as European political and administrative studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, is in charge of issues related to the Budget Control committee and the delegation dealing with the EFTA countries. Furthermore, he is the head of the Brussels office of MEP Dr. Paul RÜBIG. Katja SENGER (second from right) has studied Economics in Eisenstadt and Louvain-La-Neuve. She is responible for the BUDG- and the STOA-committee, as well as for the delegation dealing with the Maghreb countries. Issues regarding the ITRE-committee and the Arabic Penisula delegation are dealt with by Valeria BARBARO (left), a graduate of International Business Administration from Milan and Bath.