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CoR thematic commissions

CIVEX
Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional & External Affairs
Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional & External Affairs

Coordinates the European Committee of the Regions' work in the following areas:

  • Freedom, Security and Justice
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Active Citizenship
  • European Communication Policy
  • Devolution
  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Multi-level Governance
  • Local and Regional Governance
  • Better law-making (including the reduction of administrative burden and regulatory fitness)
  • Subsidiarity and Proportionality
  • Immigration Policy, Asylum and Visas
  • External Relations Policy
  • Enlargement
  • Neighborhood Policy
  • Eastern Partnership
  • EU Mediterranean Policy
  • Decentralized Cooperation for Development
  • Administrative external cooperation and capacity building
  • International treaties and negotiations
  • International terrorism and border controls

Contact persons in the PES Group secretariat:

Justus Schônlau
Citizenship, Governance, Institutional Affairs
Santiago Mondragón
External relations and Enlargement

Key positions held by PES Group members:

Barbara DUDEN
Barbara DUDEN
Member Germany
President of the CIVEX commission
Franco IACOP
Franco IACOP
Member Italy
CIVEX PES Group coordinator
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
President of the European Committee of the Regions
COTER
Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU budget
Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU budget

Coordinates the European Committee of the Regions' work in the following areas:

  • Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
  • Structural Funds
  • Spatial Planning
  • Urban Policy
  • Housing
  • Transport including TEN-T
  • Macro-regions
  • Territorial Cooperation
  • Regional statistics and indicators
     

BUDGET Working Group: 

  • Annual EU Budget

  • Multi-annual financial framework

  • Local and regional finances

Contact persons in the PES Group secretariat:

Aliona Fornea
COTER
Bastian Meić
BUDG Working Group

Key positions held by PES Group members:

Albert BORE
Albert BORE
Member United Kingdom
CoR Vice-President, PES Group COTER coordinator
Isabelle BOUDINEAU
Isabelle BOUDINEAU
Member France
President of the COTER commission
ECON
Commission for Economic Policy
Commission for Economic Policy

Coordinates the European Committee of the Regions' work in the following areas:

  • Industrial Policy
  • SME policy
  • Economic and Monetary Policy
  • Economic Governance, European Semester
  • Internal market
  • International Trade and Tariffs
  • Competition and State aid policy

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Matthieu Hornung

Key positions held by PES Group members:

ENVE
Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy
Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy

Coordinates the European Committee of the Regions' work in the following areas:

  • Climate change: adaptation and mitigation
  • Renewable energy
  • Environment Policy
  • Trans-European networks in the energy sector
  • New energy policies
  • Space policy for territorial development (Galileo, GMES/Kopernikus and related issues)

 

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Justus Schönlau

Key positions held by PES Group members:

Roby BIWER
Roby BIWER
Member Luxembourg
CoR Vice-President
NAT
Commission for Natural Resources
Commission for Natural Resources

Coordinates the European Committee of the Regions' work in the following areas:

  • Rural Development and CAP
  • Fisheries
  • Food production
  • Maritime policy
  • Public health
  • Consumer protection
  • Forestry
  • Civil protection
  • Tourism

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Aliona Fornea

Key positions held by PES Group members:

Christophe CLERGEAU
Christophe CLERGEAU
Member France
PES French delegation representative
SEDEC
Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture
Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture

Coordinates the European Committee of the Regions' work in the following areas:

  • Employment Policy
  • Social Policy, Social Protection
  • Mobility
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Education and Training
  • Innovation, Research and Technology
  • Digital Agenda
  • EU Information Society, including Trans-European ICT Networks
  • Audio-visual Industry and Media Technologies
  • Youth and Sport
  • Multilingualism and promotion of minority languages
  • Culture and cultural diversity

Contact person in the PES Group secretariat:

Olga Fotinou

Key positions held by PES Group members:

Peter KAISER
Peter KAISER
Member Austria
SEDEC Vice-Chair

Beyond the EU

Joint Consultative Committee with North Macedonia

The Joint Consultative Committee between the CoR 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.

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Christian ILLEDITS
Christian ILLEDITS
Member Austria
Member of the Burgenland Regional Government
Christian ILLEDITS
Christian ILLEDITS
Member Austria
Member of the Burgenland Regional Government
 post.bruessel@bgld.gv.at
 +43 5 76002097
 EN, DE
Commissions: COTER-VI , ENVE-VI
Ioannis KOURAKIS
Ioannis KOURAKIS
Member Greece
Municipal Councillor of Heraklion
Ioannis KOURAKIS
Ioannis KOURAKIS
Member Greece
Municipal Councillor of Heraklion
 kourakisg@hotmail.com
 +30 2810 251114
 EL
Commissions: ECON-VI , COTER-VI
Yoomi RENSTRÖM
Yoomi RENSTRÖM
Member Sweden
Member of Ovanåker Municipal Council
Yoomi RENSTRÖM
Yoomi RENSTRÖM
Member Sweden
Member of Ovanåker Municipal Council
 yoomi.renstrom@ovanaker.se
 +46 70 6063005
 SV, EN
Commissions: ECON-VI , SEDEC-VI
Dominique LEVEQUE
Dominique LEVEQUE
Alternate France
Mayor of Aÿ
Dominique LEVEQUE
Dominique LEVEQUE
Alternate France
Mayor of Aÿ
 administration@ville-ay.champagne.fr
 +33 3 26551538
 FR, EN
Niall MCNELIS
Niall MCNELIS
Alternate Éire-Ireland
Galway City Council
Niall MCNELIS
Niall MCNELIS
Alternate Éire-Ireland
Galway City Council
 mcnelis@votelabour.ie
 +353 87 6197300
 EN
Sanna PARKKINEN
Sanna PARKKINEN
Alternate Finland
Local councillor of Liperi
Sanna PARKKINEN
Sanna PARKKINEN
Alternate Finland
Local councillor of Liperi
 sanna.parkkinen@liperi.fi
 +358 50 3442505
 FI

Joint Consultative Committee with Montenegro

The Joint Consultative Committee between the CoR and Montenegro was set up in 2011. It works to reinforce the CoR'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.

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Zoltán VARGA
Zoltán VARGA
Member Hungary
Representative of County Council of Békés Megye
Zoltán VARGA
Zoltán VARGA
Member Hungary
Representative of County Council of Békés Megye
 v.z.oh.1952@gmail.com
 +36 20 7706610
 HU, EN
Commissions: COTER-VI , ENVE-VI
Dimitrios BIRMPAS
Dimitrios BIRMPAS
Alternate Greece
Mayor of Aigaleo
Dimitrios BIRMPAS
Dimitrios BIRMPAS
Alternate Greece
Mayor of Aigaleo
 dimbirbas@gmail.com
 +30 210 5440125
 EL
Antonio DECARO
Antonio DECARO
Alternate Italy
Mayor of the Municipality of Bari
Antonio DECARO
Antonio DECARO
Alternate Italy
Mayor of the Municipality of Bari
 f.paolicelli@comune.bari.it
 +39 080 5772270
 IT

Joint Consultative Committee with Serbia

The Joint Consultative Committee between the CoR 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.

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Franco IACOP
Franco IACOP
Member Italy
Regional Councillor and President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council
Franco IACOP
Franco IACOP
Member Italy
Regional Councillor and President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council
 franco.iacop@regione.fvg.it
 +39 040 3773258
 IT, EN
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , ENVE-VI
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Member Slovenia
Mayor of the Municipality of Murska Sobota
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Aleksander JEVŠEK
Member Slovenia
Mayor of the Municipality of Murska Sobota
 urad.zupana@murska-sobota.si
 +386 2 5251677
 SL
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , NAT-VI
Konstantinos SIMITSIS
Konstantinos SIMITSIS
Alternate Greece
Municipal Councillor of Kavala
Konstantinos SIMITSIS
Konstantinos SIMITSIS
Alternate Greece
Municipal Councillor of Kavala
 kostis.simitsis@gmail.com
 +30 2510 211521
 EL, EN

Working Group on relations with Turkey

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

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Jens Christian GJESING
Jens Christian GJESING
Member Denmark
Councillor Haderslev
Jens Christian GJESING
Jens Christian GJESING
Member Denmark
Councillor Haderslev
 international.relations1@kl.dk
 +32 2 5501260
 DA, EN, SV, DE
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , CIVEX-VI
Ulrike HILLER
Ulrike HILLER
Member Germany
Member of the Senate, Representative of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen to the Federal Government, with Responsibility for European Affairs
Ulrike HILLER
Ulrike HILLER
Member Germany
Member of the Senate, Representative of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen to the Federal Government, with Responsibility for European Affairs
 ulrike.hiller@lvhb.bremen.de
 +49 30 26930117
 FR, EN, DE
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , ENVE-VI
Hicham IMANE
Hicham IMANE
Member Belgium
Municipal councillor for the city of Charleroi
Hicham IMANE
Hicham IMANE
Member Belgium
Municipal councillor for the city of Charleroi
 Imaneh@yahoo.com
 +32 475 544145
 EN, FR
Commissions: ECON-VI , COTER-VI
Ioannis SGOUROS
Ioannis SGOUROS
Member Greece
Regional Councillor, Region of Attica
Ioannis SGOUROS
Ioannis SGOUROS
Member Greece
Regional Councillor, Region of Attica
 y.sgouros@patt.gov.gr
 +30 210 2941211
 EL, EN
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , ENVE-VI
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Member Cyprus
Municipal Councillor of Strovolos Municipality
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Stavros STAVRINIDES
Member Cyprus
Municipal Councillor of Strovolos Municipality
 st.stavrinides@cytanet.com.cy
 +357 22 375006
 EL
Commissions: COTER-VI , SEDEC-VI
Sanchia ALASIA
Sanchia ALASIA
Alternate United Kingdom
Member of London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Sanchia ALASIA
Sanchia ALASIA
Alternate United Kingdom
Member of London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
 sanchia.alasia@lbbd.gov.uk
 EN, FR
Benedetta BRIGHENTI
Benedetta BRIGHENTI
Alternate Italy
Member of Castelnuovo Rangone Municipal Council (Modena)
Benedetta BRIGHENTI
Benedetta BRIGHENTI
Alternate Italy
Member of Castelnuovo Rangone Municipal Council (Modena)
 Benedetta.Brighenti@cor.europa.eu
 +39 059 535539
 EN, IT
Fotios CHATZIDIAKOS
Fotios CHATZIDIAKOS
Alternate Greece
Mayor of Rhodes
Fotios CHATZIDIAKOS
Fotios CHATZIDIAKOS
Alternate Greece
Mayor of Rhodes
 mayor@rhodes.gr
 +30 22413 61324
 DE, EN, EL

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 CoR members 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 CoR'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.

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Jaroslav HLINKA
Jaroslav HLINKA
Member Slovakia
Mayor of Košice - South
Jaroslav HLINKA
Jaroslav HLINKA
Member Slovakia
Mayor of Košice - South
 jaroslav.hlinka@kosicejuh.sk
 +421 0903 601 551
 EN, SK
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , ENVE-VI
Jácint HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
Member Hungary
Representative of Local Government of Nagykanizsa with county rights
Jácint HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
Member Hungary
Representative of Local Government of Nagykanizsa with county rights
 horvath.jacint@gmail.com
 +36 30 6408671
 EN, DE, HU
Commissions: ECON-VI , SEDEC-VI
Simonetta SALIERA
Simonetta SALIERA
Member Italy
Regional Councillor and President of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Assembly
Simonetta SALIERA
Simonetta SALIERA
Member Italy
Regional Councillor and President of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Assembly
 presassemblea@regione.emilia-romagna.it
 +39 051 5275427
 IT, EN
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , SEDEC-VI
Marco DUS
Marco DUS
Alternate Italy
Member of Vittorio Veneto Municipal Council, Province of Treviso
Marco DUS
Marco DUS
Alternate Italy
Member of Vittorio Veneto Municipal Council, Province of Treviso
 dus.marco@me.com
 +39 0438 582209
 IT, EN
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Michele EMILIANO
Alternate Italy
President of the Puglia Region
Photo
Michele EMILIANO
Alternate Italy
President of the Puglia Region
 segreteria.presidente@regione.puglia.it
 +39 080 5522021
 IT, EN
Photo
Randel LÄNTS
Alternate Estonia
Member of Viljandi City Council
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Randel LÄNTS
Alternate Estonia
Member of Viljandi City Council
 randel.l2nts@gmail.com
 +372 508 4537
 RU, ET, EN
Isolde RIES
Isolde RIES
Alternate Germany
First Vice-President of the Saarland Regional Parliament
Isolde RIES
Isolde RIES
Alternate Germany
First Vice-President of the Saarland Regional Parliament
 i.ries@landtag-saar.de
 +49 177 7020168
 DE

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 CoR president (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. ​

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Member Greece
Head of the Region of Crete
Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Stavros ARNAOUTAKIS
Member Greece
Head of the Region of Crete
 arnaoutakis@pkr.gov.gr
 +30 2813 400300
 EL
Commissions: NAT-VI , ENVE-VI
Vincenzo BIANCO
Vincenzo BIANCO
Member Italy
Member of Catania Municipal Council
Vincenzo BIANCO
Vincenzo BIANCO
Member Italy
Member of Catania Municipal Council
 ebsenato@gmail.com
 +39 066 8009233
 IT, FR
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , CIVEX-VI
Barbara DUDEN
Barbara DUDEN
Member Germany
Member of Hamburg City Parliament
Barbara DUDEN
Barbara DUDEN
Member Germany
Member of Hamburg City Parliament
 barbara.duden@bk.hamburg.de
 +49 40 42831597
 DE, EN
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , COTER-VI
Mary FREEHILL
Mary FREEHILL
Member Éire-Ireland
Dublin City Council
Mary FREEHILL
Mary FREEHILL
Member Éire-Ireland
Dublin City Council
 freehill@eircom.net
 +353 1 4964777
 EN
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , ENVE-VI
Basílio HORTA
Basílio HORTA
Member Portugal
Leader of Sintra Municipal Council
Basílio HORTA
Basílio HORTA
Member Portugal
Leader of Sintra Municipal Council
 basilio.horta@cm-sintra.pt
 +351 21 3552620
 PT
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , ECON-VI
Anne KARJALAINEN
Anne KARJALAINEN
Member Finland
City councillor of Kerava
Anne KARJALAINEN
Anne KARJALAINEN
Member Finland
City councillor of Kerava
 anne.karjalainen@jhl.fi
 +358 9 2945663
 EN, FI
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , COTER-VI
Ximo PUIG I FERRER
Ximo PUIG I FERRER
Member Spain
President of the Regional Government of Valencia
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: ECON-VI , COTER-VI
Christophe ROUILLON
Christophe ROUILLON
Member France
Mayor of Coulaines
Christophe ROUILLON
Christophe ROUILLON
Member France
Mayor of Coulaines
 christopherouillon@orange.fr
 +33 2 43743518
 FR, DE
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , ECON-VI

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 CoR President and a representative from the partner countries.

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

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark
Councillor
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark
Councillor
 InternationalRelations4@kl.dk
 +32 2 5501260
 DA, EN, DE, FR, SV
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , ECON-VI
Mariana GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania
Mayor of Cumpăna, Constanța County
Mariana GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania
Mayor of Cumpăna, Constanța County
 primaria_cumpana@yahoo.com
 +40 241 739003
 FR, RO
Commissions: ECON-VI , ENVE-VI
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
Member of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
Member of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community
 Karl-heinz.lambertz@pdg.be
 +32 87 318402
 DE, FR, NL, EN
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , CIVEX-VI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland
student, member of Rovaniemi City Council
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland
student, member of Rovaniemi City Council
 mikkel.nakkalajarvi@gmail.com
 +358 400 765002
 SV, EN, SE, FI, FR
Commissions: ENVE-VI , CIVEX-VI
Anne QUART
Anne QUART
Member Germany
State Secretary for Europe and Consumer Protection, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of the Land of Brandenburg
Anne QUART
Anne QUART
Member Germany
State Secretary for Europe and Consumer Protection, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of the Land of Brandenburg
 Gabriela.Walther-Koschany@MdJEV.Brandenburg.de
 +49 331 8663000
 DE
Commissions: NAT-VI , ECON-VI

Task Force CoR-Ukraine

Set up in 2014, the objective of the Task Force is to support Ukraine in its efforts through the reform process, by enhancing and strengthening the role of local governance and local democracy as well as territorial cooperation between Ukrainian LRAs and the EU.

The Task Force serves as a consultative body and debates matters relating to decentralisation, implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and horizontal issues closely related to the proper functioning of local and regional authorities.

The Task Force is composed of the president of the CoR, the first vice-president of the CoR, and one member nominated by each political group.

Santiago Mondragón
+32 (0) 2 282 22 83

Members list:

Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark
Councillor
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Per BØDKER ANDERSEN
Member Denmark
Councillor
 InternationalRelations4@kl.dk
 +32 2 5501260
 DA, EN, DE, FR, SV
Commissions: CIVEX-VI , ECON-VI
Mariana GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania
Mayor of Cumpăna, Constanța County
Mariana GÂJU
Mariana GÂJU
Member Romania
Mayor of Cumpăna, Constanța County
 primaria_cumpana@yahoo.com
 +40 241 739003
 FR, RO
Commissions: ECON-VI , ENVE-VI
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
Member of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ
Member Belgium
Member of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community
 Karl-heinz.lambertz@pdg.be
 +32 87 318402
 DE, FR, NL, EN
Commissions: SEDEC-VI , CIVEX-VI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland
student, member of Rovaniemi City Council
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Mikkel NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI
Member Finland
student, member of Rovaniemi City Council
 mikkel.nakkalajarvi@gmail.com
 +358 400 765002
 SV, EN, SE, FI, FR
Commissions: ENVE-VI , CIVEX-VI
Anne QUART
Anne QUART
Member Germany
State Secretary for Europe and Consumer Protection, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of the Land of Brandenburg
Anne QUART
Anne QUART
Member Germany
State Secretary for Europe and Consumer Protection, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of the Land of Brandenburg
 Gabriela.Walther-Koschany@MdJEV.Brandenburg.de
 +49 331 8663000
 DE
Commissions: NAT-VI , ECON-VI
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