Mr Risto ALANKO

The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries. 

Mr Risto ALANKOMr Risto ALANKO

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 BEEKMANS-POLS

Europa Decentraal

Ms Fenna BEEKMANS-POLSMs Fenna BEEKMANS-POLS

Ms Beekmans-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 Geert Laier CHRISTENSEN

Dansk Erhverv – The Danish Chamber of Commerce

Mr Geert Laier CHRISTENSENMr Geert Laier CHRISTENSEN

Mr Christensen is executive deputy director at the Danish Chamber of Commerce, where he ensures the coordination of all policy-related work and policy advocacy related to the Danish government and parliament. 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 Mike CLARKE

Royal Society of Bird Protection (RSPB)

Mr Mike CLARKEMr Mike CLARKE

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.

Mr François DECOSTER

Committee of the Regions

Mr François DECOSTERMr François DECOSTER

François Decoster is vice-president of the regional council of his home region, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. He is a diplomatic adviser and political strategist with extensive knowledge of public policy. A member of the Committee of the Regions since 2012, he has served as the chair of its Commission on citizenship, governance, institutional and external affairs (CIVEX) since 2015. He is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris Descartes University and the College of Europe.

Mr Bernd DITTMANN

European Economic and Social Committee

Mr Bernd DITTMANNMr Bernd DITTMANN

Bernd Dittmann, born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1952, is a registered lawyer and director of BDI/BDA, the German Business Representation in Brussels. From 1984 to 1988 he was in New Delhi, India, representing the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce as regional director before joining Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (Federation of German Industries) in 1988 as member of the foreign trade policy department. He became director of the environment department in 1991. Since 1998, Bernd Dittmann has been leading BDI’s Brussels office. Since 2008, he has been member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and has been its rapporteur for the Commission's Better Regulation package in 2015.

Mr Paolo FALCIONI

European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED)

Mr Paolo FALCIONIMr Paolo FALCIONI

Paolo Falcioni is director general of CECED. In this position he has created an International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturers Associations (IRHMA) to tackle global issues like sustainability in a global manner. He was nominated president of the Coalition for Energy Savings, a multi-stakeholder organisation to improve energy efficiency in Europe. He is one of the board members in the Smart Energy Demand Coalition.

Before joining CECED, he worked over fourteen years in the household appliance industry. Prior to that, Paolo worked for ten years in the telecommunication sector.

An Italian national, Paolo also speaks English and French fluently. He was appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.

Ms Katarzyna HANULA-BOBBITT

Finance Watch

Ms Katarzyna HANULA-BOBBITTMs Katarzyna HANULA-BOBBITT

Ms Hanula-Bobbitt, senior public affairs officer at Finance Watch, works on advocacy and focuses on banking and capital markets issues. 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.

Mr Jens HEDSTRÖM

BusinessEurope

Mr Jens HEDSTRÖMMr Jens HEDSTRÖM

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.

Ms Assya KAVRAKOVA

European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)

Ms Assya KAVRAKOVAMs Assya KAVRAKOVA

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.

Mr Peter LOOSEN

Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e.V.

Mr Peter LOOSENMr Peter LOOSEN

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.

 
   

Dr Jan ORAVEC

The Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia

Dr Jan ORAVECDr Jan ORAVEC

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 BusinessEurope in Brussels, 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)

Ms Ursula PACHLMs Ursula PACHL

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

CEO at AIFF

Nina RenshawSara Pereira

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 Nina Renshaw

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

Nina RenshawNina Renshaw

Ms Renshaw is secretary-general of the European Public Health Alliance, EPHA, since 2014. EPHA is a civil society alliance with over 90 member organisations across the WHO European region including patient groups, health professional associations, health researchers and care providers. Ms Renshaw has been appointed to represent common stakeholder interests. 

After graduating in international business in the UK, she began her career in logistics in Austria. She received an MA in European policy and politics from the Humboldt University in Berlin and University of Bath, where she specialised in civil society and policy-making. Ms Renshaw has over a decade of policy expertise on a variety of issues including health, enterprise, transport, climate, taxation and regional development. Prior to joining EPHA, Ms Renshaw spent eight years at the Brussels-based environmental group Transport & Environment, where she was Deputy Director.  She has been a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on the EU-US TTIP trade negotiations, delegate to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and previously represented the Green10 environmental groups on the European Commission’s Advisory Group on red tape reduction.

Ms Heidi RØNNE MØLLER

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

Ms Heidi RØNNE MØLLERMs Heidi RØNNE MØLLER

Ms Rønne Møller 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 Møller 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 Møller is of Danish nationality and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.

Ms Valeria RONZITTI

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

Ms Valeria RONZITTIMs Valeria RONZITTI

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.

Ms María Elena SANTIAGO CID

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

Ms María Elena SANTIAGO CIDMs María Elena SANTIAGO CID

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.

Ms Cécile TOUBEAU

Better Trade and Regulation

Ms Cécile TOUBEAUMs Cécile TOUBEAU

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.

Mr Michaël VAN STRAALEN

Koninklijke Vereniging MKB

Mr Michaël VAN STRAALENMr Michaël VAN STRAALEN

Mr Van Straalen has over 30 years' experience as entrepreneur and has been President of the Royal Dutch Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises since 2013. He has extensive experience with the impact administrative burden can have on small and medium-size metal businesses and has actively suggested measures to reduce administrative burdens for the EU's REACH regulation.

Mr Van Straalen is of Dutch nationality and has been appointed to represent the common interest of stakeholders.

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