Members of the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR) have elected Michel Lebrun (BE/EPP) as their new president who placed economic growth and jobs for young at the top of his priorities. The municipal councillor of Viroinval will take over from Luis Ramón Valc á rcel Siso who was elected MEP during the European elections. The President of Italy's Umbria Region, Catiuscia Marini (PES), was also voted in as First Vice-President replacing Mercedes Bresso who also heads to the European Parliament as an MEP.
Michel Lebrun has been a member of the assembly since its creation in 1994. As well as being Vice-President of Belgium's Walloon parliament he held a number of posts during his illustrious political career in Belgium including Minister of Higher Education, Research and International Relations in Wallonia Brussels Federation, and Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Spatial Planning in Wallonia.
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