I am Paul Rübig, an MEP from Upper Austria since 1996. I own a blacksmith company, am married and have two children. In the European Parliament I work on topics related to industry, research and energy and to budgets. The promotion of small-scale businesses is very important to me and, as the President of SME Global, a working group of the International Democrat Union, I support small and medium-sized enterprises. I also chair STOA, the official body of the European Parliament that supports science and technology with the help of external experts such as universities, scientists or research institutes.