The President of the Congress, the voice of local and regional democracy
The President's role is to direct the political activities of the Congress and its Chambers, to carry out Congress policy and to represent the Congress vis-à-vis other international organisations, within the context of the Council of Europe's general policy on external relations.

The President of the Congress ensures that decisions taken by the Congress are implemented and reacts on behalf of the Congress to current developments. He or she also presents the activities of the Congress and the texts that it has adopted to the Parliamentary Assembly and Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.  
Herwig van Staa, President of the Congress

Herwig van Staa, Président du Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux du Conseil de l'EuropeHerwig van Staa (Austria, EPP/CD) was elected President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe on 16 October 2012 for a two-year term of office. He had previously held office as President of the Chamber fo the Regions of the Congress.
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Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities

Jean-Claude Frécon, Président de la Chambre des pouvoirs locaux Jean-Claude Frécon (France, SOC) was re-elected, on 16 October 2012,  President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, for a two-year term of office.
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Nataliya Romanova, President of the Chamber of Regions

Natalyia Romanova, President of the Chamber of RegionsNataliya Romanova (Ukraine, ILDG) was elected President of the Chamber of Regions of the Congress, on 16 October 2012 for a two-year term of office.
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