Catherine Trautmann : President since 1 January 2017

Catherine Trautmann is past member of the National Parliament (1986 to 1988) and Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment, responsible for the elderly and disabled in 1988.

She is a former member of European Parliament (1989 to 1997 and 2004 to 2014). She was on the head of the French Socialist Delegation to the European Parliament from July 2009 to June 2014.

She was mayor of Strasbourg from 1989 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2001, a position she left in 1997 to join the Jospin government as Minister of Culture and Communication until 2000, and spokesperson until 1998.

She is currently a member of the Council of the City Hall of Strasbourg and Vice-President of Strasbourg Eurométropole, in charge of economic development, international attractivity, support for the creative economy, audiovisual and cinema. She is also President of the Port of Strasbourg since 2008.

Since October 2014, Catherine Trautmann is the new European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic core network corridor.

In March 2015, she succeeded Jacques Toubon as co-president of the Franco-German Cultural High Council (HCCFA).

Catherine Trautmann holds a masters degree in Protestant theology from the Faculty of Theology in Strasbourg. She is an Officer of the Legion of Honor, Commander of Arts and Letters and Honorary Doctor of the University of Leicester. She also received the Cross of Merit Officer of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Catherine Trautmann has been elected President of the Eurimages Fund for a four-year term of office until 31 December 2020.


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15/12/2016 - Catherine Trautmann elected President of Eurimages - Catherine Trautmann was today elected President of Eurimages, the support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works. (Press Release)

16/10/2015 -  Jobst Plog re-elected for a fourth mandate as President of Eurimages - During its 140th meeting in Tbilissi (Georgia) on 15-16 October 2015, the Eurimages Board of Management decided to renew once again the mandate of its President Mr Jobst Plog for a four-year term until 19 November 2019. (Press Release)

22/10/2013 -  Jobst Plog re-elected for a third mandate as President of Eurimages - During its 132nd meeting in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 15-17 October 2013, the Eurimages Board of Management decided to renew once again the mandate of its President Mr Jobst Plog for a second two-year term until 19 November 2015. (Press Release)

19/03/2013 - We have to accept that people are different - With the new online application system, a paperless era begins at Eurimages. The European Cinema Support Fund for Co-Productions will no longer accept paper applications – the new system will be available on the Eurimages web site from 3 April 2013. Eurimages will also be launching a new support programme for distribution and marketing – President Jobst Plog explains why he believes that it will not work in Europe to set only one standard. Interview with Mr Jobst Plog.

13/12/2011 - Eurimages mooting idea of associate membership for the likes of South Africa, Argentina
- The Council of Europe’s European Cinema Support Fund Eurimages is exploring the possibility of extending membership to countries as far afield as South Africa and Argentina. (interview with the President of the Fund, Mr Jobst Plog)

25/10/2011 - Jobst Plog re-elected as President of Eurimages

During its 124th meeting in Dublin (Ireland) on 18-20 October 2011, the Eurimages Board of Management decided to renew the mandate of its President Mr Jobst Plog for a second two-year term until 19 November 2013.

“I would like to thank the Board of Management for its renewed support. I will now continue to work, as I already have been doing over the past two years since I took up this post, in close collaboration and in total synergy with the Board of Management and the Eurimages Secretariat.” he said.

Former Presidents and Executive Directors

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