b. Absam (Tyrol), Sept. 23, 1946; agroengineer and politician (Austrian People's Party, OeVP), 1985-1989 head (Kammeramtsdirektor) of one of the highest departments of the Chamber of Agriculture in the Tyrol, 1989-1994 Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, since 1995 Commissioner for Agricultural and Rural Development to the European Union European Commission, since 1999 also for fisheries.
Publication#Ins Zentrum Europas, 2000.
Literature#H. Rauscher, F. F. - Provokationen eines oe. Europaeers, 1998.