Brussels, 12 February 2015: Markku Markkula (EPP) new CoR President / AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz (PES) elected First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions:


On the occasion of the CoRs' constitutive plenary session, Markku Markkula (EPP), member of Espoo City Council in Finland, has been elected President of the European Committee of Regions (CoR). AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community of Belgium has been elected the CoRs' First Vice-President. 

"I would like to congratulate Markku Markkula on his election as the Committee's President and I'm very much looking forward to working closely together with him over the next five years. I aim to ensure that the CoR continues to take the lead in fighting to restore the investment capacity of regional and local authorities at European level, such as the fact that co-financing under the Structural Funds should be put on an equal footing with national financing of the European Funds for Strategic Investments. Secondly, I will continue to champion the importance of services of public interest ", Lambertz said.

Source: CoR Press Release.




Dear President, dear Karl-Heinz,

Let me congratulate you very warmly for your Election today at the Committee of the Regions. I would also like to show you our pride , being sure that all European border and cross-border regions and minorities, and even our partners in other continents, celebrate that a committed cross-border advocate like you will hold the responsibilities of the First Vice-Presidency now, and then the Presidency, of the EU Regional and Local Chamber. 

Many border and cross-border regions, within and outside the EU, still face challenges that need to be addressed from various perspectives, being the European one the most relevant. Next five years are going to be an exciting time for European regions, and the AEBR wish to keep the privilege of your leadership in these times.

I wish you a very successful mandate at the CoR, and look forward to this new momentum for the European Regional movement in general, and for Cross-Border Cooperation in particular.

With my best wishes,

Martín Guillermo Ramírez
Secretary General   

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