Young Elected Politicians Programme  

The initiative "Young Elected Politicians United 4 Climate"​ has taken​ place during the CoR Plenary Session in Brussels on 3-5 December 2019. On 3 December, young elected politicians have been involved in three main "Participatory Workshops" on: 1/ Renewable energy and prosumers; 2/ Energy efficiency and circular economy; 3/ Low-carbon modes of transport.​​​

The results of the three participatory workshops have led to the drafting of 8 main recommendations on how to accelerate climate action locally. The "Local Climate Action Footprint" has been handed over to the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz and to the Executive Vice-President responsible for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans on the occasion of the debate on the European Green Deal during the 137th CoR Plenary Session.​ 

​See how the young elected politicians delivered their message ​at the CoR Plenary Session!​

To select the young elected politicians (YEPs), the following criteria have been applied:

  • ​Hold a democratic mandate as an elected politician at regional or local level in a Member State of the European Union;
  • Not be older than 40 years on the first day of the event (3 December 2019).
  • Not hold a mandate as CoR Member or Alternate.
  • Have a good level of English (as for organisational purposes the event will take place in English only).
  • Demonstrate knowledge and direct involvement in the development and/or implementation of 1/ Deployment of renewable energies at the local level and citizen's empowerment as prosumers (energy producers/consumers); 2/Energy efficiency measures; 3/Low-carbon modes of transport.​
The selection has been based on ensuring the best possible balance of nationality, regional and local representation, political affiliation, and on gender, for which the CoR is strongly committed to reach a balance.

European Week of Regions and Cities, 7-10 October 2019, Brussels

In June 2019, the CoR launched a new call of expression of interest in taking part in the European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) running from 7 to 10 October 2019. More than 700 applications were received over three weeks, leading to invitations going out to around 100 young elected politicians from all over Europe. The programme covered attendance at #EuRegionsWeek  key sessions, discussions with high-level Eu politicians, meetings with political groups represented in the European Committee of the Regions and many other networking​ opportunities.

​The five young elected politicians listed below ​have been among the speakers of the Opening Session of the #EURegionsWeek, together with the President of the CoR Karl-Heinz Lambertz, the EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and the Vice-President of the EP Klára Dobrev, ​contributing to the debate on the future of the EU:

Ms Miia Eskelinen-Fingerroos, City Councillor, Municipality of Kuopio, Finland.
Ms Laura Sparavigna, City Councillor, Municipality of Firenze, Italy.
Mr Vincent Chauvet, Mayor, Municipality of Autun, France;
Mr Kirsteen Currie, Councillor, The Highland Council, United Kingdom;
Mr Radosław Swół, City Councillor, Mielec City Council, Poland.​​


8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, 15-15 March 2019, Bucharest

In March 2019, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) invited 100 young elected politicians at local and regional level (YEPs) to take part in the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities and discuss the future of the European Union and how to involve the citizens more effectively in the European project through local and regional authorities.

YEPs took part in several sessions of the programme​, in particular:

-  Welcoming event for Young Elected Politicians, moderator: Jennifer Baker, Brussels, Belgium;​​

- What young local and regional leaders expect from the EU- Part 1

- What young local and regional leaders expect from the EU - Part 2

- EU Regions and Cities building a sustainable future​


​Brussels, 29 November 2019: School for young progressive local and regional leaders

On 29 and 30 2019 November the Party of European Socialists Group (PES) welcomed more than forty young progressive local and regional leaders from all over Europe in a two-day event partly organised in cooperation with the Young European Socialists (YES) and the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament (S%D Group).

​Find here more information about the two days sessions!​​

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Summit of Young Elected Local and Regional Leaders

Following on from the success of its liberal Mayors Summits, the Renew Europe Group of the Committee of the Regions launched the "Summit of Young Elected Local and Regional Leaders", a platform to provide an opportunity for young liberal democrat local and regional politicians to meet and share ideas and best practice amongst themselves, and afterwards to meet with experienced local and regional politicians in a joint meeting with Renew Europe. 

Watch the highlights from sessions in 2017 and 2018.​​

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