Paul Rübig

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Paul Rübig (2014)

Paul Rübig (born May 6, 1953 in Wels ) is an Austrian politician ( ÖVP ). He was a member of the European Parliament from January 25, 1996 to 2019 and was elected to his office in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.

Training and activities

After his school days in Wels and Steyr , Rübig studied business administration , marketing and production technology at the University of Linz between 1972 and 1978 . He then worked as a doctoral student at the University of Linz, at the Institute for Auditing, Fiduciary and Accounting, until 1984. In addition, he worked as a lifeguard, glider and ski instructor during his student days.

Rübig began his professional career in 1972. Until 1996, he held various management positions in the family forging company.

Political career

Rübig began his political career in the Upper Austrian state parliament , where he was chairman of the EU integration committee from 1991 to 1995 in the run-up to Austria's accession to the European Union . After a short period as a member of the National Council, he moved to the European Parliament on January 25, 1996 , initially on the decision of the National Council. Since then, he has been elected five times in his office, namely in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. He was the longest serving Austrian MEP.

After the European elections in Austria in 2019 , he left the European Parliament.

Areas of responsibility in the European Parliament

In the European Parliament, Rübig is a member of the EPP Group . He is a permanent member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Budgetary Control Committee and a substitute member of the Budget Committee . As deputy chairman, he is a member of the delegation to the Maghreb countries and is also involved in the delegations to the EFTA countries and the Arabian Peninsula.

As a co-initiator of the WTO Steering Committee, Rübig holds the post of EPP SME spokesman. He is also treasurer of the ÖVP European Club in the European Parliament, first deputy chairman of STOA ( Scientific Technology Options Assessment ) and chairman of the Pan-European working group in the European Parliament.


Rübig has been married since 1980 and has an adult daughter and an adult son.


In 2011, Rübig was accused of unilaterally taking a position on energy policy goals when making decisions and thus possibly creating a conflict of interest. He rejected the allegations and underlined that he had always campaigned openly for the interests of Austria as a business and industrial location.

There was also excitement about Rübig's statement on net neutrality , according to which downloads from House of Cards led to network congestion and emergency calls could not be made. Furthermore, he thinks it is fair that large American companies in Europe should pay for it if they want to use the full bandwidth, but on the other hand claims to be in favor of net neutrality.


  • 2009: Commercial Council
  • 2015: MEP of the Year, Category: Information and Communication Technology
  • 2013: MEP of the Year, Category: Research and Innovation
  • 2013: Honorary President of the European Economic Association ( SME Europe )
  • 2008: MEP of the Year, Category: Research and Innovation
  • 2003: Great Gold Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria


  • with Sigmar Stadlmeier: Entrepreneurs need freedom. EU legislation explained using some practical examples. Trauner, Linz 2013, ISBN 978-3-99033-170-5 .
  • with Christian D. de Fouloy: The road to a united Europe. Preface by Otto von Habsburg . Unicorn Publishing Studio, London 2004, ISBN 1-870886-16-X .
  • as editor with Achim Kaspar: Telekommunikation. 5 volumes. Linde et al., Vienna 1997–2010;
  • License marketing. Trauner, Linz 1985, ISBN 3-85320-367-1 .
  • with Hans Mühlbacher: International patent and license policy in capital goods marketing (= marketing studies. Study 6). Trauner, Linz 1978, ISBN 3-85320-198-9 .

Web links

Commons : Paul Rübig  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Previous parliamentary activities , European Parliament, accessed on April 18, 2013.
  2. Lecture by Dr. Paul Rübig , Kremsmünster Abbey, May 27, 2008
  3. ^ Profile: Paul Rübig , Austrian Parliament, October 15, 2009.
  4. ^ Official profile of the MEPs , website of the European Parliament, accessed on April 8, 2013
  5. ^ MEP Supporters , Health First Europe, accessed April 18, 2013.
  6. Dossier: Paul Rübig ,, accessed on March 29, 2013.
  7. ^ STOA Board of Directors , European Parliament, accessed on March 29, 2013.
  8. Paneuropa Working Group ,, accessed on October 29, 2015
  9. ^ Curriculum vitae , self-description on the homepage of MEP Paul Rübig, accessed on June 9, 2013
  10. Michael Nikbakhsh : The strange business of the ÖVP member Paul Rübig , profile, June 18, 2011
  11. ^ Allegations against EU mandate Paul Rübig ,, June 11, 2011
  12. MEPs: Only ÖVP in key points against net neutrality. In: . April 4, 2014, accessed on May 22, 2014 (German).
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  14. Karas and Rübig honored as MEPs of the year 2013 , press release by the ÖVP federal party leadership, APA -OTS, June 26, 2013
  15. Plassnik congratulates Paul Ruebig on EU Award , Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, October 10th 2008
  16. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)