The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.


Mr Alanko was the executive vice president of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries since 2008, a position from which he has retired on February 2016. He has substantial experience in representing industry both at the EU and national levels, in particular the metals, engineering and technology base industries (MET) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

He possesses a Master's degree in law, was member of the Finnish Labour Court and is very familiar with the implementation and application of EU legislation, in particular labour law. Mr Alanko has been working on issues concerning administrative simplification over the past 20 years. As a member of the board of CEEMET in 2014-2015, he has been involved in the drafting of CEEMET's 9 points for better regulation presented to the Commission in May 2015. Mr Alanko represents a common interest shared by stakeholders in a particular policy area.

Ms Fenna POLS

Europa Decentraal


Ms Pols has over 15 years' experience in the field of implementation of European legislation as well as the European structural and investment funds (ESIF), working for government institutions, businesses, and consultancy firms. Currently, she is director of Europa Decentraal, a Dutch non-profit knowledge center on EU legislation, which gives advice and provides information on the application of EU regulations to local and regional governments. Ms Beekmans-Pols has developed great expertise in the effects of European law on local and regional governments, as well as in European funds and (European) project management. She has been nominated in a personal capacity.




Mr Christensen was the executive deputy director of the Danish Chamber of Commerce, where he ensured the coordination of all policy-related work and policy advocacy related to the Danish government and parliament, before becoming self-employed consultant. He is of Danish nationality, holds a Master's degree in political science and is a member and representative of European private sector businesses.

Throughout his career, Mr Christensen has been involved with the economic and theoretical sides of regulatory affairs. In his position as head of department at Epinion, he contributed to developing the AMVAB method, which is used to assess the administrative burden of regulation. As a director for research in CEPOS, a Danish think tank for policy studies, he focused on the quality of regulation. Mr Christensen has also taken an interest in regulation in more academic contexts, and is currently supervising a PhD on regulatory quality at the EU and national levels. Mr Christensen is an individual expert appointed to represents a common interest shared by stakeholders in a particular policy area, still endorsed by the Danish Chamber of Commerce.


Royal Society of Bird Protection (RSPB)


Mr Clarke, a British citizen, has over 30 years' experience of European policy and its transposition and implementation in EU countries. This experience ranges from planning, agriculture and water to economic development, energy and climate. Mr Clarke has chaired and represented civil society on stakeholder committees for national and regional governments and is global council member of BirdLife International, the world's largest civil society for nature conservation. Mr Clarke holds a PhD in ecology and conservation of new forest wetlands and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

Ms Barbara DUDEN

Committee of the Regions

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Barbara Duden was born in 1951 in Hamburg and is a librarian by training. She has been a member of the Hamburg Parliament (Bürgerschaft) for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 1991 and became the Parliament's Vice-President in 2004.

She is speaker of the SPD Group in the Hamburg Parliament on Education and member of the committees for constitutional matters and European affairs. She has been a member of the Committee of the Regions since 2011 and was elected chair of the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) in September 2017.


APPLiA (Home Appliance Europe)

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Paolo Falcioni has been APPLiA's Director General since January 2014. In this position he focused on improving the association visibility and effectiveness within Europe and internationally. To that extent, he has been one of the founders of the International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturers Associations (IRHMA) which tackles world-wide issues like sustainability and innovation in a global manner. He served for three year as Chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings, a multi-stakeholder group aiming at improving energy efficiency in Europe. He is one of the Board members in Smart Energy Europe, smartEn fostering demand side management to help consumers to reap the benefits of the new Energy market. In 2016 he has been nominated member of the REFIT platform as a representative of the stakeholder group. The REFIT Platform brings together the Commission, national authorities and other stakeholders in regular meetings to improve existing EU legislation. Paolo graduated in electronic engineering from University of Ancona, in Italy. He started working in the telecommunication sector and, after that, he worked within the household appliance industry sector where he held positions with growing responsibilities. An Italian national, Paolo also speaks English and French fluently. In his free time, he likes baking homemade delicacies.


Concord Europe



Since July 2017 Ms Hanula-Bobbitt is working as Head of Policy and Advocacy at CONCORD Europe, a European NGO confederation for Relief and Development.  She is a financial lawyer with an economic and policy background. Her expertise is in European financial law and regulation, government relations and strategic alliances. She previously worked as a senior public affairs officer at Finance Watch, on advocacy and focuses on banking and capital markets issues.




Mr Hedström has over twenty years of experience in the field of EU law and regulatory reform in Sweden, the EU and OECD. He has acquired considerable experience in representing the interests of European companies of all sizes and sectors. He serves as the chair of the BUSINESSEUROPE working group for better regulation, president of the board of Swedish industry and commerce for better regulation (NNR), and chair of the business, industry and advisory committee, and BIAC governance committee at the OECD (since 2011). 

Mr Hedström is of Swedish nationality, holds a Master's degree in law and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.

Mr Michael HÜTHER

German Economic Institute (IW)

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Born in Düsseldorf in 1962, Michael Hüther studied business sciences and mediaeval and modern history at the University of Giessen from 1982 to 1987. The subject of his subsequent doctoral thesis was "Integrated tax transfer systems for the Federal Republic of Germany – normative conception and empirical analysis". After a spell as a research assistant, in 1995 he became Secretary General of the German Council of Economic Experts (head of the Council’s Scientific Staff). In 1999 he moved to the DekaBank in Frankfurt am Main as Chief Economist and later became the bank’s Head of Economics and Communication. In 2001 he was appointed Honorary Professor of the EBS Business School in Oestrich-Winkel in Hesse. In 2004 he took up his current post as Director and member of the presiding committee of the German Economic Institute (IW). He also holds positions on the supervisory boards of many companies, foundations and other organisations.


European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)


Ms Kavrakova has more than 15 years of experience in the application of Union legislation at the national (Bulgaria) and EU levels, as well as in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

She has authored several publications on regulatory policy and has been director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) since 2014.

Before joining ECAS in 2012, Ms Kavrakova served as the director of European policies and the civic participation programme at the Open Society Institute (OSI-S) in Sofia where she was responsible for leading the analytical and research activity of the European policies initiatives. Ms Kavrakova has a Master's degree in law and in European integration and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.


Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e.V.


Since 2007, Mr Loosen has been managing director of the German Federation for Food Law and Food Science. He has over 20 years' experience with EU regulations and is representing and advising the federation on food law and related issues. Mr Loosen has published numerous articles on food law and better regulation and has experience as member of expert groups.

Mr Loosen is of German nationality, holds a Master's Degree in law and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.



European Economic and Social Committee

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Denis Meynent is Vice President of the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee.
An employee of the French multinational supermarkets, he engages in trade union activity and became a manager of the “Fédération CGT des personal trade, distribution and services. He is currently an advisor in the International Department of the General Confederation of Labour (CGT). A member of the EESC since 2010, he has been appointed three times as rapporteur for the REFIT and Better Regulation issues. He is currently preparing an opinion on the analysis of the transparency of the methodology and the resources of the analyses and impact assessments that the European Commission is launching with the aim of improving the quality of European legislation.
Born in 1968, a French national, he is a graduate in political science and has followed the Cycle of Advanced European Studies organised by the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).


The Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia


Mr Jan Oravec is the President of The Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia, since 2003. He´s the member of a Presidium of the National Union of Employers. As Chairman of its´ European Affairs and Foreign Relations Committee he represents Slovak employers in international organizations of employers, in BIAC at OECD, and in IOE at the International Labour Office in Geneva.

Practically throughout all 30 years of his professional career Mr Oravec has been working on issues related to business environment, especially a reduction of administrative burden. He co-ordinated many activities and projects in this direction, both domestic and international, raising awareness of strategies and measures aimed at elimination of administrative and legislative burden both among policy makers and a general public.

Ms Ursula PACHL

European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

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Ms Pachl is the deputy director general at BEUC, the Brussels-based federation of independent national consumer organisations. A lawyer by training, she has gained considerable expertise in various regulatory policies and on the application of a vast range of EU legislation which have direct impact on consumers.

In her position at BEUC, she supervises, among other things, work on all aspects of the European Commission’s digital single market strategy. Since 2007, she has been responsible for BEUC’s work on EU governance and horizontal policies (e.g. EU transparency initiative, the European Commission’s impact assessments and better regulation agenda). Ms Pachl is Austrian and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.

Ms Sara Pereira


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Ms Pereira is a forest engineer from UTAD and currently CEO at AIFF (a Portuguese forest based industry cluster) where she is responsible for cluster management, national and international public affairs, and project management. She is also the AIFF's team manager in the action plan 2015-20. AIFF includes SME and large enterprises, research and development entities, land owners and environmental organizations, qualification sectarian centers and universities.

Ms Pereira is also the former deputy secretary of state of Forestry and Rural Development in Portugal, where she worked as policy-maker and provided political support in areas such as rural development, European and non-European funds, forest and biodiversity. She is also co-author of several technical publications and is a FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody auditor.

Ms Pereira is of Portuguese nationality and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.


Ms Heidi RØNNE

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)


Ms Rønne has ample experience working on issues concerning better regulation and administrative burdens both at the national level in Denmark and within the European context. She is member of the Danish Business Forum for Simpler Rules and was a member of the high level group on administrative burdens from 2012 to 2014. At the national level, Ms Rønne works on regulation and administrative burdens, on health and safety issues at work and on training and education. She is also the personal adviser to the president of an ETUC-affiliated organisation regarding EU policies, including REFIT and better regulation. Ms Rønne is of Danish nationality and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.


European Centre of Employers and Enterprises Providing Public Services (CEEP)


Ms Ronzitti, general secretary of CEEP, has over 10 years' experience in regulatory policy, transposition of EU law (e.g. negotiation of the revision of the parental leave agreement and agreement on prevention from sharps injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector) and in assessing regulatory impacts on enterprises (public procurement package). Prior to being appointed general secretary at CEEP, Ms Ronzitti was director of the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' association (HOSPEEM). Ms Ronzitti is a certified lawyer and of Italian nationality. She has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.


European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and European Committee for Electro Technical Standardization (CENELEC)


Ms Santiago Cid has over 20 years' experience in electrotechnical and non-electrotechnical standardisation in Europe. Appointed director-general of both CEN and CENELEC in 2010, she is the main contact within both associations for the European Institutions, as well as senior personalities from the European and international standards communities, and stakeholders.

Ms Santiago Cid has experience with the preparation of policy proposals and implementation of decisions. She trained as a electronic engineer at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.


European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E)


Ms Toubeau has been with the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) since February 2012. Ms Toubeau is the Director of Better Trade & Regulation. Before joining, she worked as a consultant dealing with clients in the transport, energy and trade sectors at Cambre Associates, a public affairs agency in Brussels. With Cambre Associaties, Cécile worked on the automotive chapter of the EU-South Korea free trade agreement for client Hyundai and on the subsequent safeguard clause.

Half Belgian and half British, Cécile speaks both English and French fluently. She went to school in Brussels, and moved to London to study graphic design at Central Saint Martin followed by design theory at Goldsmiths. After moving back to Brussels, she studied European law and economics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. At T&E, Cécile leads the T&E better trade and regulation team monitoring the 'better regulation' agenda of the Juncker Commission, and the development of multiple EU trade agreements: Canada, US, Singapore, Indonesia, Mercosur, Mexico and the future relationship between the UK and Europe.


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