Mr Risto ALANKO

The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries. 

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Mr Risto ALANKO
Mr Risto ALANKO

Mr Alanko has been the Executive Vice President of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries since 2008, from which position he will retire the 1st of February 2016. He has a long standing experience in the representation of industry both at EU and Member State level, in particular the metals, engineering and technology base industries (MET) and 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 laws, 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 the CEEMET 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

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Ms Fenna BEEKMANS-POLS
Ms Fenna BEEKMANS-POLS

Ms Beekmans-Pols has over 15 years of experience in the field of implementation of European legislation as well as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), working both for government institutions and for 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

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Mr Geert Laier CHRISTENSEN
Mr 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 vis-à-vis Government and the Danish Parliament. He is of Danish nationality, holds a Master's degree in Political Science and is a member and representative of the 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” to assess legislation in terms of administrative burdens. In his position as director for research in CEPOS, a Danish think tank for policy studies, he focused on the quality of regulation. Further to this, Mr Christensen has taken interest in the field in more academic contexts, supervising a PhD on regulatory quality at EU and national level at the moment

Mr Mike CLARKE

Royal Society of Bird Protection (RSPB)

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Mr Mike CLARKE
Mr Mike CLARKE

Mr Clarke, a British citizen, has over 30 years' experience of European policy and Member State transposition and implementation, 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 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

Member of the Committee of the Regions

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Mr François DECOSTER
Mr François DECOSTER

François Decoster is Vice-President of the Regional Council of his home region, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. 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. Graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris Descartes University and the College of Europe, François Decoster is a diplomatic adviser and political strategist with extensive knowledge of public policy.

Mr Bernd DITTMANN

Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

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Mr Bernd DITTMANN
Mr 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 spent 4 years in New-Dehli, 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

Director General of the CEDED

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Mr Paolo FALCIONI
Mr Paolo FALCIONI

Paolo Falcioni is CECED's Director General. 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 within the household appliance industry sector. Prior to that, Paolo worked for ten years in the telecommunication sector.

An Italian national, Paolo also speaks English and French fluently. He has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

Ms Katarzyna HANULA-BOBBITT

Finance Watch

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Ms Katarzyna HANULA-BOBBITT
Ms 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

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Mr Jens HEDSTRÖM
Mr 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. As 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, BIAC Governance Committee at the OECD (since 2011), he has acquired considerable experience in representing the interests of European companies of all sizes and sectors.

Mr Hedström is of Swedish nationality, holds a Master's degree in Law and has been appointed to represent a common interested shared by stakeholders.

Ms Assya KAVRAKOVA

European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)

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Ms Assya KAVRAKOVA
Ms Assya KAVRAKOVA

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

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

Before joining ECAS in 2012, Ms Kavrakova served as the Director of European Policies and the Civic Participation Program 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 common interest shared by stakeholders.

Mr Peter LOOSEN

Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e.V. (national federation)

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Mr Peter LOOSEN
Mr 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 the EU regulatory cycle and is representing and advising the German Food Chain 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 Degree in law and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

Mr Jean NASLIN

European Banking Industry Committee (EBIC)

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Mr Jean NASLIN
Mr Jean NASLIN

Mr Naslin is chairman of the EBIC since 2015. He has considerable international experience in the financial sector and diversified industries (retail, para-pharmaceutical, energy, transports and telecommunications). Throughout his career, Mr Naslin has been entrenched in the EU regulatory environment in many different areas. After fifteen years in the oil industry at Schlumberger both in Europe and the US, Jean Naslin was General Counsel of Eurotunnel in London and subsequently of the retail group Promodes. He has practised European competition and regulatory law in Brussels for six year before joining Groupe BPCE (Banques Populaires – Caisses d’Epargne) in Paris in 2006. Mr Naslin has just accepted a new position as Executive Director - Strategic International relations with the CAIXA group in Barcelona, effective 1 February 2016.

Mr Naslin is of French nationality, Avocat au barreau de Paris and has a Master's degree in business law. He has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders of the European Banking Industry Committee (EBIC).

Ms Ursula PACHL

European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

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Ms Ursula PACHL
Ms Ursula PACHL

Ms Pachl is the Deputy Director General at BEUC, the Brussels-based federation of independent national consumer organisations. Lawyer by background, 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 function at BEUC, she supervises inter alia work on all aspects of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy and, since 2007, has been responsible for BEUC’s work on EU governance and horizontal policies (e.g. EU transparency initiative, European Commission’s impact assessments and Better Regulation Agenda). Ms Pachl is Austrian and has been appointed to represent the common interest shared by stakeholders.

Ms Sara Pereira

CEO at AIFF

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Sara Pereira
Sara 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, Project Management and is the 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 former Deputy of Secretary of State of Forest and Rural Development 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 FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody auditor.

Ms Pereira is of Portuguese nationality and has been appointed to represent a common interested shared by stakeholders.

Ms Heidi RØNNE MØLLER

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

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Ms Heidi RØNNE MØLLER
Ms Heidi RØNNE MØLLER

Ms Rønne Møller has long standing experience working on issues concerning better regulation and administrative burdens both at 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 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 a common interest shared by stakeholders.

Ms Valeria RONZITTI

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

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Ms Valeria RONZITTI
Ms 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 enterprise (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 a common interest shared by stakeholders.

Ms María Elena SANTIAGO CID

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

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Ms María Elena SANTIAGO CID
Ms María Elena SANTIAGO CID

Ms Santiago Cid has over 20 years' experience in electrotechnical and non-electrotechnical standardization in Europe. Appointed Director-General of both CEN and CENELEC in 2010, she is the principal 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 is an Electronic Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

Ms Magdalena STOCZKIEWICZ

Friends of the Earth Europe

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Ms Magdalena STOCZKIEWICZ
Ms Magdalena STOCZKIEWICZ

Ms Stoczkiewicz has been the director of Friends of the Earth Europe since 2008. Prior to that, she worked for the Central Eastern European Bankwatch Network. Ms Stoczkiewicz has over twelve years' experience with EU policy making and its application on the ground and has been actively involved in the assessment of costs and benefits.

Ms Stoczkiewicz is of Polish nationality, holds a Master's degree in Philology as well as a degree in Public Relations and has been appointed to represent the environmental perspective.

Mr Michaël VAN STRAALEN

Koninklijke Vereniging MKB

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Mr Michaël VAN STRAALEN
Mr Michaël VAN STRAALEN

Mr Van Straalen has over 30 experience's years 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 actively suggested measures to reduce administrative burdens in the context of the Reach programme.

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