The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities elects its new leadership

40th Session Strasbourg, France 24 March 2021
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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities elects its new leadership

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has renewed its Presidency on the occasion of its 40th Session (23-24 March 2021).  The elections were held online, in view of the current COVID-19 health crisis.

Congress members elected Leendert Verbeek (Netherlands, SOC/G/PD) as President.

Bernd Vöhringer (Germany, EPP/CCE) was elected President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, succeeding Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC/G/DP). John Warmisham (United Kingdom, SOC/G/PD), Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC/G/PD), Konstantinos Koukas (Greece, EPP/CCE), Antonija Jozic (Croatia, EPP/CCE), Martine Dieschburg-Nickels (Luxembourg, ILDG), Emin Yeritsyan (Armenia, EPP/CCE) and Sevdia Ugrekhelidze (Georgia, EPP/CCE) were elected as Vice-Chairpersons.

In the Chamber of Regions of the Congress, Harald Sonderegger (Austria, EPP/CCE) was elected President and succeeds Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE) who becomes Vice-President of the Chamber, together with the elected members, Aleksandra Maletić, (Serbia, EPP/CCE), Andrei Novikov (Estonia, ILDG), Tunç Soyer (Turkey, SOC/G/PD), Lia Montalti (Italy, SOC/G/PD), Cecilia Dalman Eek (Sweden, SOC/G/PD) and Drozdenko Alexander (Russian Federation, EPP/CCE).

Following the elections in the three committees: Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC/G/PD), former President of the Congress from 2016 to 2018 became the new Chair of the Monitoring Committee, Jelena Drenjanin (Sweden, EPP/CCE), Chair of the Governance Committee and Thomas Andersson (Sweden/ ILDG), Chair of the Current Affairs Committee.


Speeches by the Presidents :

Speeches by the outgoing Presidents:



** 40th Session of the Congress **

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