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Greek Apostolos Tzitzikostas takes over the presidency of the European Committee of the Regions




Apostolos Tzitzikostas is elected for two and a half years (photo: European Committee of the Regions)
Apostolos Tzitzikostas is elected for two and a half years (photo: European Committee of the Regions)
EUROPEAN UNION. Governor of the region of Central Macedonia (Greece) since 2014 (re-elected in 2019), Apostolos Tzitzikostas was elected President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) at its 138th plenary session on Wednesday 12 February 2020. He succeeds Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Senator of the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

Created in 1994 under the Maastricht Treaty and based in Brussels, this structure brings together in one assembly the elected regional and local representatives of the 27 Member States (329 members). Its mission is to involve regional and local authorities in the EU decision-making process and to inform them about EU policies. It has an advisory role.

Also currently President of the Association of Greek Regions, the newly elected President was from 2010 to 2014, Vice-Governor of the region of Central Macedonia and Greek MP (2007-2009). He belongs to the Néa Dimokratia party (Νέα Δημοκρατία - New Democracy).

In his inaugural speech, he mentioned three main priorities for his mandate: "The European Union must be at the service of the citizens", "regions and cities must focus on understanding and responding to the profound transformations of the current green, digital and demographic revolutions", "European democracy must be strengthened by placing regions and cities at its heart to bring Europe closer to its citizens".

Apostolos Tzitzikostas will hold the presidency of the European Committee of the Regions for two and a half years. He will be assisted by its first vice-president, Vasco Ilidio Alves Cordeiro, president of the regional government of the Azores (Portugal).
 

Frédéric Dubessy


Wednesday, February 12th 2020



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