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Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional & External Affairs

From a socialist and progressive point of view, the CIVEX Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs covers some the politically most sensitive topics, such as migration, human rights and enlargement, as well as external relations andsubsidiarity and governance-related issues. The Conference on the Future of Europe as a horizontal issue linked to democracy and possibly Treaty changes also falls under the CIVEX remit. Therefore, the CIVEX commission is crucial to achieve some of the most important political priorities of the PES group, namely to strengthen the democratic foundations of the EU and improve its governance through active subsidiarity, as well as to ensure that an EU framework for migration is delivered taking into due account the voices of cities and regions. Moreover, it is through the CIVEX Commission that Local and Regional Authorities will hopefully be able to make their voices heard in the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The CIVEX commission mirrors several parliamentary committees in the European Parliament, among which AFET, DROI, LIBE, AFCO and DEVE. CIVEX also interacts with different Directorates-General (DG) of the European Commission: the DGs for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), Migration and Home Affairs (HOME).

The remit of the CIVEX Commission covers the following fields:     

  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice   
  • Immigration Policy, asylum and visas     
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights     
  • Active Citizenship
  • Devolution
  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Governance, better Law-Making, Subsidiarity and Proportionality     
  • External Relations, including administrative external cooperation and capacity building
  • International Treaties and negotiations, terrorism and border controls
  • Neighbourhood Policy (including Eastern Partnership and Euro-Med cooperation), decentralised cooperation for development and EU enlargement issues

 

In addition, CIVEX is responsible for the following bodies (related to CIVEX remits):

  • CORLEAP
  • ARLEM
  • Working Groups and Joint Consultative Committees
  • Ukraine Task Force
  • Nicosia Initiative (cooperation with Libyan municipalities)
  • Portal of Decentralised Development Cooperation
  • Cities and Regions for Integration initiative
  • Subsidiarity Monitoring Network (supports all Committee’s commissions)
  • High-Level Group Congress of the Committee of the Regions

Contact persons in the PES Group secretariat:

Olga Fotinou
CIVEX
olga.fotinou@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 20 86
EL, EN, FR, IT
Francesco Carteri
ARLEM - WG Turkey - Decentralised cooperation for development
francesco.carteri@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 20 48
IT, EN, FR
Bastian Meić
CORLEAP - JCC North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia - WG Western Balkans
bastian.meic@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 22 55
DE, EN, HR, NL, FR

Members


  Vincenzo
 
  BIANCO
Vincenzo BIANCO
First Vice-President Italy
Member of Catania Municipal Council

  Marie
 
  JOHANSSON
Marie JOHANSSON
PES Group coordinator Sweden
Member of Gislaved Municipal Council

  Vasco Ilídio
 
  ALVES CORDEIRO
Vasco Ilídio ALVES CORDEIRO
Member Portugal
Member of the Azores Regional Parliament…

  Daniel
 
  BĂLUȚĂ
Daniel BĂLUȚĂ
Member Romania
Mayor of District 4, Bucharest…

  Adrián
 
  BARBÓN RODRÍGUEZ
Adrián BARBÓN RODRÍGUEZ
Member Spain
President of the Principality of Asturias…

  Vincenzo
 
  BIANCO
Vincenzo BIANCO
Member Italy
Member of Catania Municipal Council

  Dimitrios
 
  BIRMPAS
Dimitrios BIRMPAS
Member Greece
Municipal Councilor of Egaleo

  Aoife
 
  BRESLIN
Aoife BRESLIN
Member Ireland
Member of the Kildare County Council…

  Per
 
  BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark
Member of the Municipal councillor of…

  Loredana
 
  CAPONE
Loredana CAPONE
Member Italy
President of the Regional Council of…

  Mario
 
  FAVA
Mario FAVA
Member Malta
Member of the Local Councils'…

  Jens Christian
 
  GJESING
Jens Christian GJESING
Member Denmark
Councillor of Haderslev

  Antje
 
  GROTHEER
Antje GROTHEER
Member Germany
Vice-President of Bremen State Parliament…

  Jaroslav
 
  HLINKA
Jaroslav HLINKA
Member Slovakia
Mayor of Košice - South

  Basílio
 
  HORTA
Basílio HORTA
Member Portugal
Mayor of Sintra

  Danial
 
  ILKHANIPOUR
Danial ILKHANIPOUR
Member Germany
Member of the Regional Assembly of…

  Aleksander
 
  JEVŠEK
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Member Slovenia
Mayor of Murska Sobota

  Marie
 
  JOHANSSON
Marie JOHANSSON
Member Sweden
Member of Gislaved Municipal Council…

  Karl-Heinz
 
  LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
President of the Parliament of the German…

  Mikkel
 
  NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland
Member of Rovaniemi City Council

  Ximo
 
  PUIG I FERRER
Ximo PUIG I FERRER
Member Spain
President of the Regional Government of…

  Marie-Louise
 
  RÖNNMARK
Marie-Louise RÖNNMARK
Member Sweden
Mayor of Umea

  Christophe
 
  ROUILLON
Christophe ROUILLON
Member France
Mayor of Coulaines

  Mindaugas
 
  SINKEVIČIUS
Mindaugas SINKEVIČIUS
Member Lithuania
Mayor of Jonava

  Matthias
 
  STADLER
Matthias STADLER
Member Austria
Mayor of St. Pölten

  Corneliu
 
  ŞTEFAN
Corneliu ŞTEFAN
Member Romania
President of Dâmboviţa County Council…

  Ángel Víctor
 
  TORRES PÉREZ
Ángel Víctor TORRES PÉREZ
Member Spain
President of the Government of the Canary…

  Gabriela Florica
 
  TULBURE
Gabriela Florica TULBURE
Member Romania
Mayor of Sein

  André
 
  VIOLA
André VIOLA
Member France
Councillor of the Aude Department
Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU budget

From a socialist and progressive point of view, the COTER commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget deals with important topics for the future of regions and cities in Europe. The European Structural and Investment Funds, cohesion in urban and rural areas, the territorial approach, territorial cooperation and transport and urban policies are main drivers for change. They allow the implementation of integrated strategies based on the needs identified in cities and regions. In the COTER commission, we focus on building a more cohesive Europe based on solidarity that leaves no people and no places behind. 

The remit of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget covers the following fields:

  • EU Budget and Multiannual Financial Framework Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
  • Cohesion Policy Funds
  • Territorial Development, including the Territorial Agenda
  • Urban Policy
  • Spatial Planning and Housing
  • Territorial Cooperation including Cross-border Cooperation and Macro-regional Strategies
  • Transport policy, TEN-T and Missing Links
  • Regional Statistics and Indicators

Contact persons in the PES Group secretariat:

Nicolas Lété
COTER
nicolas.lete@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 25 40
FR, EN, ES
Bastian Meić
COTER
bastian.meic@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 22 55
DE, EN, HR, NL, FR

Members


  Isabelle
 
  BOUDINEAU
Isabelle BOUDINEAU
President France
Member of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council

  Miguel
 
  ALVES
Miguel ALVES
Member Portugal
Mayor of Caminha

  Concepción
 
  ANDREU RODRÍGUEZ
Concepción ANDREU RODRÍGUEZ
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Ionel
 
  ARSENE
Ionel ARSENE
Member Romania
President of Neamţ County Council

  Roby
 
  BIWER
Roby BIWER
Member Luxembourg
Member of Bettembourg Municipal Council…

  Isabelle
 
  BOUDINEAU
Isabelle BOUDINEAU
Member France
Member of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional…

  Abel
 
  CABALLERO ÁLVAREZ
Abel CABALLERO ÁLVAREZ
Member Spain
Mayor of Vigo

  Arianna Maria
 
  CENSI
Arianna Maria CENSI
Member Italy
Local councillor of Milan in charge of…

  Elio
 
  DI RUPO
Elio DI RUPO
Member Belgium
Minister-President of the Government of…

  Nijolė
 
  DIRGINČIENĖ
Nijolė DIRGINČIENĖ
Member Lithuania
Mayor of Birštonas

  Heinrich
 
  DORNER
Heinrich DORNER
Member Austria
Member of the State Government of…

  Juan
 
  ESPADAS CEJAS
Juan ESPADAS CEJAS
Member Spain
Mayor of Sevilla

  Paul
 
  FARRUGIA
Paul FARRUGIA
Member Malta
Member of thr South East Region Council…

  Guillermo
 
  FERNÁNDEZ VARA
Guillermo FERNÁNDEZ VARA
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Nuška
 
  GAJŠEK
Nuška GAJŠEK
Member Slovenia
Mayor of Ptuj

  Rumen
 
  Guninski
Rumen Guninski
Member Bulgaria
Member of the Local Council of Pravets…

  Birgit
 
  HONÉ
Birgit HONÉ
Member Germany
Minister for Federal and European Affairs…

  Danial
 
  ILKHANIPOUR
Danial ILKHANIPOUR
Member Germany
Member of the Regional Assembly of…

  Nicola
 
  IRTO
Nicola IRTO
Member Italy
Vice-President of Calabria Regional…

  Francisco Javier
 
  LAMBÁN MONTAÑÉS
Francisco Javier LAMBÁN MONTAÑÉS
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Michael
 
  LUDWIG
Michael LUDWIG
Member Austria
Mayor and Governor of Vienna

  Ričardas
 
  MALINAUSKAS
Ričardas MALINAUSKAS
Member Lithuania
Mayor of Druskininkaj

  Karsten Uno
 
  PETERSEN
Karsten Uno PETERSEN
Member Denmark
Regional Councillor

  Ilmar
 
  REEPALU
Ilmar REEPALU
Member Sweden
Member of Malmö Municipal Council

  Tomas
 
  RISTE
Tomas RISTE
Member Sweden
Member of Värmland County Council

  Marie-Louise
 
  RÖNNMARK
Marie-Louise RÖNNMARK
Member Sweden
Mayor of Umea

  Pascal
 
  SMET
Pascal SMET
Member Belgium
Secretary of State of the Brussels-…

  Ángel Víctor
 
  TORRES PÉREZ
Ángel Víctor TORRES PÉREZ
Member Spain
President of the Government of the Canary…

  Jobst-Hinrich
 
  UBBELOHDE
Jobst-Hinrich UBBELOHDE
Member Germany
State secretary for Europe of the Land of…

  Rudi
 
  VERVOORT
Rudi VERVOORT
Member Belgium
Minister-President of the Government of…

  Gerry
 
  WOOP
Gerry WOOP
Member Germany
Berlin State Secretary for Europe

  Nicola
 
  Zingaretti
Nicola Zingaretti
Member Italy
President of Lazio Region
Commission for Economic Policy

From a socialist and progressive point of view, the ECON Commission for Economic Policy is politically particularly sensitive, as it relates notably to economic governance, public investment, competition policy and public services, the governance aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as trade policy, including the follow-up of the negotiations with the United Kingdom.

The ECON commission mirrors several parliamentary committees in the European Parliament, among which ECON, IMCO, INTA and ITRE. ECON also interacts with different Directorates general (DG) of the European Commission, among which: the DGs for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), for Defence Matters (DEF), for Competition Policy (COMP), for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (FISMA), for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), for Trade (TRADE), for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO), and for Structural Reform Support (REFORM).

The remits of the Commission for Economic Policy cover the following fields:

  • Single Market and the Digital Single Market
  • Public procurement and competition
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Investment
  • SMEs, entrepreneurship and industry
  • LRAs in Economic Governance
  • Economic and Monetary Union
  • Trade and globalisation

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Matthieu Hornung
matthieu.hornung@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 25 78
DE, FR, EN, PL

Members


  Robert Sorin
 
  NEGOIȚĂ
Robert Sorin NEGOIȚĂ
Vice-President Romania
Mayor of District 3, Bucharest

  Isolde
 
  RIES
Isolde RIES
PES Group coordinator Germany
First Vice-President of the Saarland Landtag

  Mikko
 
  AALTONEN
Mikko AALTONEN
Member Finland
Member of Tampere City Council

  Adrián
 
  BARBÓN RODRÍGUEZ
Adrián BARBÓN RODRÍGUEZ
Member Spain
President of the Principality of Asturias…

  Per
 
  BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark
Member of the Municipal councillor of…

  Abel
 
  CABALLERO ÁLVAREZ
Abel CABALLERO ÁLVAREZ
Member Spain
Mayor of Vigo

  Loïg
 
  CHESNAIS-GIRARD
Loïg CHESNAIS-GIRARD
Member France
President of the Regional Council of…

  María Victoria
 
  CHIVITE NAVASCUÉS
María Victoria CHIVITE NAVASCUÉS
Member Spain
President of the Autonomous Community of…

  Joseph
 
  CORDINA
Joseph CORDINA
Member Malta
Member of the Local Councils'…

  Elio
 
  DI RUPO
Elio DI RUPO
Member Belgium
Minister-President of the Government of…

  Michele
 
  Emiliano
Michele Emiliano
Member Italy
President of Puglia Region

  Paul
 
  FARRUGIA
Paul FARRUGIA
Member Malta
Member of thr South East Region Council…

  Ján
 
  FERENČÁK
Ján FERENČÁK
Member Slovakia
Mayor of Kežmarok

  Mariana
 
  GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania
Mayor of Cumpăna

  Eigenio
 
  Giani
Eigenio Giani
Member Italy
President of Tuscany Region

  Xamuel
 
  GONZALEZ WESTLING
Xamuel GONZALEZ WESTLING
Member Sweden
Member of Hofors Municipal Council

  Juri
 
  GOTMANS
Juri GOTMANS
Member Estonia
Member of the Võru City Council

  Tilo
 
  GUNDLACK
Tilo GUNDLACK
Member Germany
Member of the Landtag of Mecklenburg-…

  Basílio
 
  HORTA
Basílio HORTA
Member Portugal
Mayor of Sintra

  Nicola
 
  IRTO
Nicola IRTO
Member Italy
Vice-President of Calabria Regional…

  Tom
 
  JUNGEN
Tom JUNGEN
Member Luxembourg
Mayor of the municipality of Roeser

  Peter
 
  KAISER
Peter KAISER
Member Austria
Governor of Carinthia

  Ioannis
 
  Kourakis
Ioannis Kourakis
Member Greece
President of the Regional Union of…

  Francisco Javier
 
  LAMBÁN MONTAÑÉS
Francisco Javier LAMBÁN MONTAÑÉS
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Ričardas
 
  MALINAUSKAS
Ričardas MALINAUSKAS
Member Lithuania
Mayor of Druskininkaj

  Krzysztof
 
  MATYJASZCZYK
Krzysztof MATYJASZCZYK
Member Poland
Mayor of Częstochowa

  Luca
 
  MENESINI
Luca MENESINI
Member Italy
President of the Province of Lucca

  Vladimir
 
  Moskov
Vladimir Moskov
Member Bulgaria
Member of Gotse Delchev Municipality…

  Mikkel
 
  NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland
Member of Rovaniemi City Council
Petre Emanoil NEAGU
Member Romania
President of Buzău County Council

  Robert Sorin
 
  NEGOIȚĂ
Robert Sorin NEGOIȚĂ
Member Romania
Mayor of District 3, Bucharest

  Isolde
 
  RIES
Isolde RIES
Member Germany
First Vice-President of the Saarland…

  Christophe
 
  ROUILLON
Christophe ROUILLON
Member France
Mayor of Coulaines

  Mindaugas
 
  SINKEVIČIUS
Mindaugas SINKEVIČIUS
Member Lithuania
Mayor of Jonava

  Stavros
 
  STAVRINIDES
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Member Cyprus
Municipal Councilor of Strovolos…

  Kata
 
  TÜTTŐ
Kata TÜTTŐ
Member Hungary
Deputy-Mayor of Budapest

  Karin
 
  WANNGÅRD
Karin WANNGÅRD
Member Sweden
Member of Stockholm Municipal Council…
Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy

The ENVE Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy is of central importance for the PES Group, as it will notably deal with a substantial port of the consultative work related to the European Green Deal and will thus formulate to a large extet the Committee of the Regions’ position on the fundamental transitions which are necessary to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. Climate and environmental criteria will have to be mainstreamed throughout all policy areas, both practically and financially and this in turn requires the need to build capacities at local and regional level on how to implement the green transition and to protect biodiversity. From a progressive point of view, it is important to ensure a just transition and that the implementation of the Green Deal will leave no region and no one behind. The ENVE commission also coordinates activities related to the Covenant of Mayors, involving local and regional authorities in the fight against climate change and for sustainability. The PES ENVE chair is also chairing the Comittee’s horizontal working group on the Green Deal Going Local. The ENVE Commission mirrors the work of several parliamentary committees in the European Parliament, notably ENVI and ITRE. ENVE interacts with different Directorates-General (DG) of the European Commission: Climate Action (CLIMA), Environment (ENV) and Energy (ENER).

The remit of the Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy covers the following fields:

  • European Green Deal
  • Climate Change: Adaptation, Mitigation and Finances
  • Environment Policy
  • Energy Policy and Trans-European Energy Networks
  • Space Policy for Territorial Development (including Galileo and GMES/Copernicus)

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Francesco Carteri
ENVE
francesco.carteri@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 20 48
IT, EN, FR

Members


  Juan
 
  ESPADAS CEJAS
Juan ESPADAS CEJAS
President Spain
Mayor of Sevilla

  Roby
 
  BIWER
Roby BIWER
PES Group coordinator Luxembourg
Member of Bettembourg Municipal Council

  Vasco Ilídio
 
  ALVES CORDEIRO
Vasco Ilídio ALVES CORDEIRO
Member Portugal
Member of the Azores Regional Parliament…

  Francina
 
  ARMENGOL I SOCIAS
Francina ARMENGOL I SOCIAS
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Stavros
 
  ARNAOUTAKIS
Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Member Greece
Member of the Regional Council of Crete…

  Roby
 
  BIWER
Roby BIWER
Member Luxembourg
Member of Bettembourg Municipal Council…

  Loredana
 
  CAPONE
Loredana CAPONE
Member Italy
President of the Regional Council of…

  Arianna Maria
 
  CENSI
Arianna Maria CENSI
Member Italy
Local councillor of Milan in charge of…

  Michele
 
  Emiliano
Michele Emiliano
Member Italy
President of Puglia Region

  Juan
 
  ESPADAS CEJAS
Juan ESPADAS CEJAS
Member Spain
Mayor of Sevilla

  Paul
 
  FARRUGIA
Paul FARRUGIA
Member Malta
Member of thr South East Region Council…

  Ján
 
  FERENČÁK
Ján FERENČÁK
Member Slovakia
Mayor of Kežmarok

  Guillermo
 
  FERNÁNDEZ VARA
Guillermo FERNÁNDEZ VARA
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Mariana
 
  GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania
Mayor of Cumpăna

  Emiliano
 
  GARCÍA-PAGE SÁNCHEZ
Emiliano GARCÍA-PAGE SÁNCHEZ
Member Spain
President of the Regional Government of…

  Eigenio
 
  Giani
Eigenio Giani
Member Italy
President of Tuscany Region

  Juri
 
  GOTMANS
Juri GOTMANS
Member Estonia
Member of the Võru City Council

  Jaroslav
 
  HLINKA
Jaroslav HLINKA
Member Slovakia
Mayor of Košice - South

  Birgit
 
  HONÉ
Birgit HONÉ
Member Germany
Minister for Federal and European Affairs…

  Anne
 
  KARJALAINEN
Anne KARJALAINEN
Member Finland
Member of Kerava City Council

  Malte
 
  KRÜCKELS
Malte KRÜCKELS
Member Germany
Representative of a regional body with…

  Luca
 
  MENESINI
Luca MENESINI
Member Italy
President of the Province of Lucca

  Ilmar
 
  REEPALU
Ilmar REEPALU
Member Sweden
Member of Malmö Municipal Council

  Matthias
 
  STADLER
Matthias STADLER
Member Austria
Mayor of St. Pölten

  Corneliu
 
  ŞTEFAN
Corneliu ŞTEFAN
Member Romania
President of Dâmboviţa County Council…

  Kata
 
  TÜTTŐ
Kata TÜTTŐ
Member Hungary
Deputy-Mayor of Budapest

  Rudi
 
  VERVOORT
Rudi VERVOORT
Member Belgium
Minister-President of the Government of…

  André
 
  VIOLA
André VIOLA
Member France
Councillor of the Aude Department

  Karin
 
  WANNGÅRD
Karin WANNGÅRD
Member Sweden
Member of Stockholm Municipal Council…
Commission for Natural Resources

From a socialist and progressive point of view, the NAT Commission for Natural Resources has a unique window of opportunity to leverage its cross-sector policy expertise to strengthen the Committee of the Regions’ position on pressing debates such as depletion of natural resources, digital divide or ageing population in rural areas. It brings together agriculture, food policy, health, rural, maritime, forest, tourism, consumer and civil protection. The NAT Members can influence policy developments covering the whole food production chain, targeting sustainable land use and benefiting rural and coastal community, addressing health threats and boosting health promotion and prevention, stimulating maritime and rural economies, maintaining Europe's leadership in sustainable tourism and keeping consumers and citizens safe and protected. Moreover, it will play a fundamental role on the implementation of the ecological transition, mainly by greening the future common agricultural policy.

The remit of the Commission for Natural Resources covers the following fields:

  • The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • Rural development
  • Maritime policy
  • Fisheries
  • Public health
  • Tourism
  • Civil protection
  • Forestry
  • Food production
  • Consumer protection

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Nicolas Lété
nicolas.lete@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 25 40 | +32 (0) 487 17 83 27
FR, EN, ES

Members


  Karsten Uno
 
  PETERSEN
Karsten Uno PETERSEN
First Vice-President Denmark
Regional Councillor

  Joan
 
  CALABUIG RULL
Joan CALABUIG RULL
PES Group coordinator Spain
Regional Secretary for the European Union and External Relations of the Government of Valencia

  Miguel
 
  ALVES
Miguel ALVES
Member Portugal
Mayor of Caminha

  Nikos
 
  ANASTASIOU
Nikos ANASTASIOU
Member Cyprus
Mayor of Kato Polemidia Municipality…

  Francina
 
  ARMENGOL I SOCIAS
Francina ARMENGOL I SOCIAS
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Stavros
 
  ARNAOUTAKIS
Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Member Greece
Member of the Regional Council of Crete…

  Daniel
 
  BĂLUȚĂ
Daniel BĂLUȚĂ
Member Romania
Mayor of District 4, Bucharest…

  Dimitrios
 
  BIRMPAS
Dimitrios BIRMPAS
Member Greece
Municipal Councilor of Egaleo

  Roby
 
  BIWER
Roby BIWER
Member Luxembourg
Member of Bettembourg Municipal Council…

  Isabelle
 
  BOUDINEAU
Isabelle BOUDINEAU
Member France
Member of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional…

  Aoife
 
  BRESLIN
Aoife BRESLIN
Member Ireland
Member of the Kildare County Council…

  Joan
 
  CALABUIG RULL
Joan CALABUIG RULL
Alternate Spain
Regional Secretary for the European Union…

  Loïg
 
  CHESNAIS-GIRARD
Loïg CHESNAIS-GIRARD
Member France
President of the Regional Council of…

  Mario
 
  FAVA
Mario FAVA
Member Malta
Member of the Local Councils'…

  Karine
 
  GLOANEC-MAURIN
Karine GLOANEC-MAURIN
Member France
President of municipalities of Collines…

  Isilda Maria Prazeres
 
  GOMES
Isilda Maria Prazeres GOMES
Member Portugal
Member of Portimão Municipal Council…

  Xamuel
 
  GONZALEZ WESTLING
Xamuel GONZALEZ WESTLING
Member Sweden
Member of Hofors Municipal Council

  Tilo
 
  GUNDLACK
Tilo GUNDLACK
Member Germany
Member of the Landtag of Mecklenburg-…

  Rumen
 
  Guninski
Rumen Guninski
Member Bulgaria
Member of the Local Council of Pravets…

  Jácint
 
  HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
Member Hungary
Member of the Local Government of…

  Aleksander
 
  JEVŠEK
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Member Slovenia
Mayor of Murska Sobota
Petre Emanoil NEAGU
Member Romania
President of Buzău County Council

  Robert Sorin
 
  NEGOIȚĂ
Robert Sorin NEGOIȚĂ
Member Romania
Mayor of District 3, Bucharest

  Karsten Uno
 
  PETERSEN
Karsten Uno PETERSEN
Member Denmark
Regional Councillor

  Ximo
 
  PUIG I FERRER
Ximo PUIG I FERRER
Member Spain
President of the Regional Government of…

  Isolde
 
  RIES
Isolde RIES
Member Germany
First Vice-President of the Saarland…

  Nathalie
 
  SARRABEZOLLES
Nathalie SARRABEZOLLES
Member France
Local councillor of the Finistère…

  Jobst-Hinrich
 
  UBBELOHDE
Jobst-Hinrich UBBELOHDE
Member Germany
State secretary for Europe of the Land of…

  Nicola
 
  Zingaretti
Nicola Zingaretti
Member Italy
President of Lazio Region
Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture

From a socialist and progressive point of view, the SEDEC Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture is politically particularly sensitive, as it deals notably with employment, the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, equality and labour mobility. At the same time, the implementation of R&I policies is very relevant to Socialists, Social Democrats and Progressives since it brings into play social, territorial and economic cohesion. Ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence are of particular concern for our Group. Moreover, most policies covered by the SEDEC commission, including those related to education and training as well as youth, are central to a just transition that empowers people and leaves no person or region behind.

The SEDEC commission mirrors several parliamentary committees in the European Parliament, among which EMPL, FEMM, CULT, IMCO and ITRE. SEDEC also interacts with different Directorates-General (DG) of the European Commission: the DGs for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL), Research and Innovation (RTD), Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT), Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC), Justice and Consumers (JUST), Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO)  and the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

The remits of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture cover the following fields:

  • Employment Policy
  • European Pillar of Social Rights, including Social Policy, Social Protection
  • Equality
  • Social Economy
  • Demographic Change
  • Labour Mobility
  • Education and Training (including Lifelong Learning)
  • Innovation; Research and Technology and smart specialisation
  • Bio-economy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • EU Information Society, including Trans-European ICT Networks
  • Audio-visual Industry and Media Technologies
  • Youth
  • Sport
  • Multilingualism and Promotion of Minority Languages
  • Culture and Cultural Diversity and Creativity

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Olga Fotinou
olga.fotinou@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 20 86
EL, EN, FR, IT

Members


  Anne
 
  KARJALAINEN
Anne KARJALAINEN
President Finland
Member of Kerava City Council

  Jácint
 
  HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
PES Group coordinator Hungary
Member of the Local Government of Nagykanizsa

  Mikko
 
  AALTONEN
Mikko AALTONEN
Member Finland
Member of Tampere City Council

  Nikos
 
  ANASTASIOU
Nikos ANASTASIOU
Member Cyprus
Mayor of Kato Polemidia Municipality…

  Concepción
 
  ANDREU RODRÍGUEZ
Concepción ANDREU RODRÍGUEZ
Member Spain
President of the Regional government of…

  Ionel
 
  ARSENE
Ionel ARSENE
Member Romania
President of Neamţ County Council

  Vincenzo
 
  BIANCO
Vincenzo BIANCO
Member Italy
Member of Catania Municipal Council

  María Victoria
 
  CHIVITE NAVASCUÉS
María Victoria CHIVITE NAVASCUÉS
Member Spain
President of the Autonomous Community of…

  Joseph
 
  CORDINA
Joseph CORDINA
Member Malta
Member of the Local Councils'…

  Nijolė
 
  DIRGINČIENĖ
Nijolė DIRGINČIENĖ
Member Lithuania
Mayor of Birštonas

  Heinrich
 
  DORNER
Heinrich DORNER
Member Austria
Member of the State Government of…

  Nuška
 
  GAJŠEK
Nuška GAJŠEK
Member Slovenia
Mayor of Ptuj

  Emiliano
 
  GARCÍA-PAGE SÁNCHEZ
Emiliano GARCÍA-PAGE SÁNCHEZ
Member Spain
President of the Regional Government of…

  Jens Christian
 
  GJESING
Jens Christian GJESING
Member Denmark
Councillor of Haderslev

  Karine
 
  GLOANEC-MAURIN
Karine GLOANEC-MAURIN
Member France
President of municipalities of Collines…

  Isilda Maria Prazeres
 
  GOMES
Isilda Maria Prazeres GOMES
Member Portugal
Member of Portimão Municipal Council…

  Antje
 
  GROTHEER
Antje GROTHEER
Member Germany
Vice-President of Bremen State Parliament…

  Jácint
 
  HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
Member Hungary
Member of the Local Government of…

  Marie
 
  JOHANSSON
Marie JOHANSSON
Member Sweden
Member of Gislaved Municipal Council…

  Tom
 
  JUNGEN
Tom JUNGEN
Member Luxembourg
Mayor of the municipality of Roeser

  Peter
 
  KAISER
Peter KAISER
Member Austria
Governor of Carinthia

  Anne
 
  KARJALAINEN
Anne KARJALAINEN
Member Finland
Member of Kerava City Council

  Ioannis
 
  Kourakis
Ioannis Kourakis
Member Greece
President of the Regional Union of…

  Malte
 
  KRÜCKELS
Malte KRÜCKELS
Member Germany
Representative of a regional body with…

  Karl-Heinz
 
  LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
President of the Parliament of the German…

  Michael
 
  LUDWIG
Michael LUDWIG
Member Austria
Mayor and Governor of Vienna

  Krzysztof
 
  MATYJASZCZYK
Krzysztof MATYJASZCZYK
Member Poland
Mayor of Częstochowa

  Vladimir
 
  Moskov
Vladimir Moskov
Member Bulgaria
Member of Gotse Delchev Municipality…

  Heike
 
  RAAB
Heike RAAB
Member Germany
State Secretary, Representative of the…

  Tomas
 
  RISTE
Tomas RISTE
Member Sweden
Member of Värmland County Council

  Nathalie
 
  SARRABEZOLLES
Nathalie SARRABEZOLLES
Member France
Local councillor of the Finistère…

  Pascal
 
  SMET
Pascal SMET
Member Belgium
Secretary of State of the Brussels-…

  Stavros
 
  STAVRINIDES
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Member Cyprus
Municipal Councilor of Strovolos…

  Gabriela Florica
 
  TULBURE
Gabriela Florica TULBURE
Member Romania
Mayor of Sein

  Gerry
 
  WOOP
Gerry WOOP
Member Germany
Berlin State Secretary for Europe

International cooperation

Enlargement countries

Working Group on relations with the Western Balkans

The Working Group on relations with the Western Balkans (covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo*) was set up in 2006 and can be used by members of the European Committee of the Regions to encourage greater inclusion of the territorial dimension in the stabilisation and association process for south-eastern Europe and the future accession negotiations with these countries. The Working Group also contributes to the Committee’s involvement in interinstitutional cooperation in this field, while maintaining political dialogue between the EU’s local and regional authorities and their Western Balkan counterparts.

* “This designation is without prejudice to the positions expressed by the EU Member States on Kosovo’s status and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 1244/1999 and the International Court of Justice Opinion of 22 July 2010 on Kosovo’s declaration of independence.”

Bastian Meić
bastian.meic@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 22 55
DE, EN, HR, NL, FR

Members list


  Jaroslav
 
  HLINKA
Jaroslav HLINKA
Member Slovakia

  Jaroslav
 
  HLINKA
Jaroslav HLINKA
Member Slovakia
Mayor of Košice - South
 jaroslav.hlinka@kosicejuh.sk
 EN, SK
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , ENVE-VII

  Jácint
 
  HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
Member Hungary

  Jácint
 
  HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
Member Hungary
Member of the Local Government of Nagykanizsa
 horvath.jacint@gmail.com
 +36 30 6408671
 EN, DE, HU
Commissions: NAT-VII , SEDEC-VII

  Loredana
 
  CAPONE
Loredana CAPONE
Member Italy

  Loredana
 
  CAPONE
Loredana CAPONE
Member Italy
President of the Regional Council of Apulia
 presidente@consiglio.puglia.it
 +39 080 5408017
 IT
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , ENVE-VII

Joint Consultative Committee with North Macedonia

The Joint Consultative Committee between the European Committee of the Regions and North Macedonia was set up in 2008. Its purpose is to prepare the ground for North Macedonia's accession to the EU by promoting political dialogue and cooperation between regional and local authorities in the EU and their counterparts in the country.

Bastian Meić
bastian.meic@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 22 55
DE, EN, HR, NL, FR

Members list

Joint Consultative Committee with Montenegro

The Joint Consultative Committee between the European Committee of the Regions and Montenegro was set up in 2011. It works to reinforce the Committee’s activities promoting greater inclusion of the territorial dimension in the stabilisation and association process for south-eastern Europe and political dialogue between EU local and regional authorities and their Montenegrin counterparts.

Bastian Meić
bastian.meic@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 22 55
DE, EN, HR, NL, FR

Members list


  Vincenzo
 
  BIANCO
Vincenzo BIANCO
Member Italy

  Vincenzo
 
  BIANCO
Vincenzo BIANCO
Member Italy
Member of Catania Municipal Council
 ebsenato@gmail.com
 +39 066 8009233
 IT, FR
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , SEDEC-VII

  Juri
 
  GOTMANS
Juri GOTMANS
Member Estonia

  Juri
 
  GOTMANS
Juri GOTMANS
Member Estonia
Member of the Võru City Council
 juri.gotmans@mail.ee
 ET, RU, EN
Commissions: ECON-VII , ENVE-VII

Joint Consultative Committee with Serbia

The Joint Consultative Committee between the European Committee of the Regions and Serbia was set up in 2014 to encourage greater inclusion of the territorial dimension in the stabilisation and association process for south-eastern Europe and strengthened political dialogue with Serbian local and regional authorities.

Bastian Meić
bastian.meic@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 22 55
DE, EN, HR, NL, FR

Members list


  Aleksander
 
  JEVŠEK
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Member Slovenia

  Aleksander
 
  JEVŠEK
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Member Slovenia
Mayor of Murska Sobota
 urad.zupana@murska-sobota.si
 +386 2 5251677
 SL
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , NAT-VII

Working Group on relations with Turkey

Set up in 2006, the Working Group on relations with Turkey provides the members of the European Committee of the Regions with a mechanism for monitoring accession negotiations with Turkey. It promotes the Committee’s involvement in interinstitutional cooperation while maintaining political dialogue between the EU’s local and regional authorities and their counterparts in Turkey.

Francesco Carteri
francesco.carteri@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 20 48
IT, EN, FR

Members list


  Jens Christian
 
  GJESING
Jens Christian GJESING
Member Denmark

  Jens Christian
 
  GJESING
Jens Christian GJESING
Member Denmark
Councillor of Haderslev
 international.relations1@kl.dk
 +32 2 5501260
 DA, EN, SV, DE
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , SEDEC-VII

  Stavros
 
  STAVRINIDES
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Member Cyprus

  Stavros
 
  STAVRINIDES
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Member Cyprus
Municipal Councilor of Strovolos Municipality
 st.stavrinides@cytanet.com.cy
 +357 22 375006
 EL
Commissions: ECON-VII , SEDEC-VII

  Yoomi
 
  RENSTRÖM
Yoomi RENSTRÖM
Alternate Sweden

  Yoomi
 
  RENSTRÖM
Yoomi RENSTRÖM
Alternate Sweden
Mayor of Ovanåker
 yoomi.renstrom@ovanaker.se
 +46 70 6063005
 SV, EN

Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation (ARLEM)

Euro-Mediterranean Assembly of Local and Regional Authorities (ARLEM)

Launched in 2010, the Euro-Mediterranean Assembly of Local and Regional Authorities (ARLEM) is a permanent political body representing local and regional authorities within the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The Assembly consists of an equal number of delegates on each side (40 representing the EU and 40 from the southern and eastern Mediterranean partner countries). The Assembly is co-chaired by the president of the European Committee of the Regions (for the EU) and a representative of the southern and eastern Mediterranean partners.

ARLEM has one commission, the Commission for Sustainable Territorial Development, whose role is to issue reports for adoption at ARLEM’s annual plenary session. ​

Contact

Francesco Carteri
francesco.carteri@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 20 48
IT, EN, FR

Members list:


  Stavros
 
  ARNAOUTAKIS
Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Member Greece

  Stavros
 
  ARNAOUTAKIS
Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Member Greece
Member of the Regional Council of Crete
 arnaoutakis@pkr.gov.gr
 +30 2813 400300
 EL
Commissions: ENVE-VII , NAT-VII

  Joseph
 
  CORDINA
Joseph CORDINA
Member Malta

  Joseph
 
  CORDINA
Joseph CORDINA
Member Malta
Member of the Local Councils' Association
 cordinaj@vol.net.mt
 +356 79 559999
 MT, IT, EN
Commissions: SEDEC-VII , ECON-VII

  Juan
 
  ESPADAS CEJAS
Juan ESPADAS CEJAS
Member Spain

  Juan
 
  ESPADAS CEJAS
Juan ESPADAS CEJAS
Member Spain
Mayor of Sevilla
 adrianreina@sevilla.org
 +34 955 470202
 ES
Commissions: COTER-VII , ENVE-VII

  Basílio
 
  HORTA
Basílio HORTA
Member Portugal

  Basílio
 
  HORTA
Basílio HORTA
Member Portugal
Mayor of Sintra
 basilio.horta@cm-sintra.pt
 +351 21 3552620
 PT
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , ECON-VII

  Anne
 
  KARJALAINEN
Anne KARJALAINEN
Member Finland

  Anne
 
  KARJALAINEN
Anne KARJALAINEN
Member Finland
Member of Kerava City Council
 anne.karjalainen@jhl.fi
 +358 9 2945663
 EN, FI
Commissions: SEDEC-VII , ENVE-VII

  Ximo
 
  PUIG I FERRER
Ximo PUIG I FERRER
Member Spain

  Ximo
 
  PUIG I FERRER
Ximo PUIG I FERRER
Member Spain
President of the Regional Government of Valencia
 sec.pre@gva.es
 +34 96 3866112
 ES
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , NAT-VII

  Christophe
 
  ROUILLON
Christophe ROUILLON
Member France

  Christophe
 
  ROUILLON
Christophe ROUILLON
Member France
Mayor of Coulaines
 christopherouillon@orange.fr
 +33 2 43743518
 FR, DE
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , ECON-VII

Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP)

Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP)

Set up in 2011, the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership  (CORLEAP) is a platform for regular dialogue between local and regional authorities from the EU and their counterparts in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

CORLEAP is co-chaired by the President of the European Committee of the Regions and a representative from the partner countries.

The platform is made up of 36 regional and local politicians, 18 from the Committee and 18 from the six Eastern Partnership countries. 

Bastian Meić
bastian.meic@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0) 2 282 22 55
DE, EN, HR, NL, FR

Members list


  Per
 
  BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark

  Per
 
  BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark
Member of the Municipal councillor of Kolding
 InternationalRelations4@kl.dk
 +32 2 5501260
 DA, EN, DE, FR, SV
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , ECON-VII

  Mariana
 
  GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania

  Mariana
 
  GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania
Mayor of Cumpăna
 primaria_cumpana@yahoo.com
 +40 241 739003
 FR, RO
Commissions: ENVE-VII , ECON-VII

  Karl-Heinz
 
  LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium

  Karl-Heinz
 
  LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
President of the Parliament of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium
 Karl-heinz.lambertz@pdg.be
 +32 87 318402
 DE, FR, NL, EN
Commissions: CIVEX-VII , SEDEC-VII

  Mikkel
 
  NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland

  Mikkel
 
  NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland
Member of Rovaniemi City Council
 mikkel.nakkalajarvi@gmail.com
 +358 400 765002
 SV, EN, SE, FI, FR
Commissions: ECON-VII , CIVEX-VII
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