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EU institutions - 08.05.2017

How local are the people that make the EU?
9 May is Europe day, just the right moment for us to look through EU institutions to check if EU elected representatives and officials have a local or regional past. Find out with a few facts and figures on the matter.

The European Commission

This number is slightly lower at the Commission, where 12 out of 28 Commissioners have exercised a local or regional mandate (~40%).

The European Parliament

The president

Best known for his role as an MEP or Commissioner, the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani also has experience at the local level: in fact, from 2001 to 2008, Mr Tajani was a local councillor in Rome.

The vice-presidents

Among the 14 new vice-presidents, 5 held elected office at local or regional level (~35%). These are namely Bogusław Liberadzki, Sylvie Guillaume, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff and Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, who chaired the European Committee of the Regions from 2012 to 2014.

On another note, only 1/3 of the members of the presidency are women – no progress on this front compared to the previous presidency.

The Parliament as a whole

Taken as a whole, more than half (~55%) of the European Parliament is made up of former local and regional elected representatives (local: 35%, intermediate: 5%, regional: 15%).
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