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Policy Committee

​Policy Committee - 14.12.2016

CEMR new spokespersons
CEMR appointed 23 new spokespersons to convey views on matters of concern to European local and regional governments.

The newly appointed spokespersons are expected to hold central responsibility in CEMR's activities. As elected representatives, they will be the face and voice of European local and regional governments, relaying CEMR's concerns and views to the European institutions and worldwide. 

The appointments were unanimously approved by CEMR's Policy Committee members meeting in Maastricht, on 12 and 13 December 2016.

Governance, democracy and citizenship
  • Governance: Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia-Romagna region (AICCRE, Italy) 
  • Asylum and integration: Santo Caruso, Mayor of Aci Sant'Antonio (AICCRE, Italy)
  • Citizenship and twinning: Monica Cerutti, Councillor, Piemont Region (AICCRE, Italy)
  • Young elected representatives: Hailey Townsend, Councillor, Bridgend (WLGA, UK)
  • Equality: Ibon Uribe, Mayor of Galdakao (EUDEL, Basque Country, Spain) / Hélène Fritzon, Chairwoman of Kristianstad’s City Council (SALAR, Sweden) 

Environement, climate and energy
  • Environment: Cor Lamers, Mayor of Schiedam (VNG, The Netherlands) / Marianne Overton, Councillor, Lincolnshire (LGA, UK)
  • Climate and energy: Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville (FEMP, Spain) Furio Honsell, Mayor of Udine (AICCRE, Italy)

Economic, social and territorial cohesion
  • Local finances: Philippe Laurent, Mayor of Sceaux (AFCCRE, France) / Flo CLUCAS, Councillor, Cheltenham (LGA, UK)
  • Territorial development: Gary Robinson, Leader at Shetland Islands Council (COSLA, UK)  
  • Cohesion policy: Carola Gunnarsson, Mayor of Sala (SALAR, Sweden)
  • Urban policies: Ilmar Reepalu, Councillor, Malmö (SALAR, Sweden)  

Local and regional public services management
  • Local and regional governments as employers: David Simmonds, Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Hillingdon (LGA, UK)
  • Public services:  Christoph Schnaudigel, President of Karlsruhe County (RGRE, Germany)  
  • E-government: David Lucas, Mayor of Móstoles (FEMP, Spain)

International engagement and cooperation 
  • Vice-President of UCLG representing the European section: Carlos Martínez Mínguez, Mayor of Soria (FEMP, Spain)
  • Representative – PLATFORMA:  Edita Rudeliene, Mayor Trakai district (ALAL, Lithuania)  
  • Representative – Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM):  Francisco De la Torre Prados, Mayor of Málaga (Spain)
  • Representative – Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP): Robert Sorin Negoita, Mayor of sector 3 of Bucharest (Romania)  
  • Human Rights special-envoy: Patrick Klugman, Deputy Mayor of Paris (France)
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