Wolfgang Burtscher

director general, DG AGRI, European Commission

High-Level Panel Discussion – Putting Action to Words: The Food Supply Chain after the farm to fork strategy

Wolfgang Burtscher has been director general of DG Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Commission since April 2020. He was deputy director general of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation from 2009 to 2020. In that function he was responsible for a wide range of research and innovation policy development and implementation issues including research and innovation in the fields of agriculture, food and health. Burtscher was director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture where he was responsible for the provision of legal support to the CAP and quality policy and for the control of agricultural expenditure from 2000 to 2009. Before joining the European Commission in 2000, he was representative of the Länder at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU.

Burtscher was director of European Affairs in the public administration of the Austrian Land Vorarlberg from 1992 to 1996. Before that, he was a legal advisor at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva from 1990 to 1992. He was a lecturer in public international and European law at the University of Innsbruck from 1983 to 1990.

Burtscher holds a doctorate in law and a qualification from the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Nice.