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Policy Committee

​Policy Committee - 15.01.2016

Discover the new CEMR faces
Since 1st January 2016, CEMR has a new presidency. The Mayor of Santander and former president of our Spanish association (FEMP), Iñigo Joaquín de la Serna Hernáiz, is to serve a one-year mandate. His election took place on 7 December 2015, at the occasion of the CEMR Policy Committee in Paris.

The new president, who succeeds former mayor of Almere (The Netherlands), Annemarie Jorritsma, said during his inaugural speech that he will work for a strong and united organisation, and that he will represent all members equally on the European and global scene.

Iñigo de la Serna is joined by Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Krakow (Poland) and Vice-President of the Association of Polish Cities, as CEMR co-president.

The Policy Committee also elected the following members to the Executive Bureau:

Vice-Presidents members of the Bureau
  • Luc Martens, Mayor of Roeselare (Belgium), President of the Association of Flemish Cities and Towns (VVSG); 
  • Carlos Martínez Mínguez, Mayor of Soria (Spain), Member of the Board of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP)
  • Robert Sorin Negoiţă, Mayor of Bucharest – Sector 3 (Romania) and President of the Association of Romanian Municipalities (AMR)
  • Stefano Bonaccini, President of Region Emilia Romagna (AICCRE), Member of Italian Association of CEMR (AICCRE)

Vice-President non-member of the Bureau
  • George Patoulis, Mayor of Maroussi, President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE, Greece)
As members of the Executive Bureau, these local elected representatives will decide on the main CEMR policy lines, which will then be implemented by the Secretariat.
Policy Committee

The Policy Committee is composed of over 170 local and regional elected representatives, nominated by national associations and national sections members of CEMR, for a three-year term. In order to ensure balanced representation of both genders, national delegations must respect a minimum proportion of 40 % of each gender. The Policy Committee generally meets twice per year and approves, among others, the budget, the annual work programme and the admission of new members.
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