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​Young elected politicians – How is your region or city dealing with gender equality in policy making?

Brussels, 4-6 March 2020

EU Member States are committed to promoting the equal participation of women and men in decision making at all levels and in all fields by the European Pact for Gender Equality (2011-2020). However, women remain significantly underrepresented in local decision-making bodies across the EU. The latest Gender Equality Index from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that the EU still has a way to go to reach gender equality in all areas. According to CEMR's 2019 study on Women in politics: local and European trends, only a third of political decision-makers in Europe and around 15% of mayors are women. The top f​ive EU countries in terms of most women as local councillors are Sweden, France, Finland, Norway and Belgium.

In April 2019, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) published its strategy for a gender balance​ among its members. Following this first step, on the occasion of International Women's Day and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, the CoR would like to invite young elected politicians to express their views and recommendations on how to ensure equal participation in politics and decision making in all areas of life.  

Are you committed to ensuring gender equality in your region or city? What is your constituency doing to advance gender equality? What results have been achieved?

The CoR would like to hear your experience, the solutions you have implemented and your recommendations on measures that should be put in place to eliminate individual, organisational and social obstacles that dissuade women from entering politics.

The European Committee of the Regions' call for expressions of interest is therefore addressed to young elected politicians who are committed to improving the gender balance in policy making in their constituencies. To take part in this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a democratic mandate as an elected politician at regional or local level in a Member State of the European Union
  • Be no more than 40 years old on the first day of the event (3 March 2020)
  • Not hold a mandate as CoR member or alternate
  • Have a good level of English (as this interactive event will take place in English only)
Complete this application form and submit it no later than midnight on 31 January 2020.

Selected candidates will participate in a tailor-made programme from 4 to 6 March 2020 and will have the opportunity to meet and network with other politicians at local, national and European level. The CoR will reimburse travel costs and pay a flat-rate subsistence allowance of €269. Candidates will be selected with an eye to ensuring balance in terms of gender, regional and local representation, political affiliation and nationality. Candidates will be informed of the selection results in early February.


About the YEP Programme

The Young Elected Politicians Progra​​mme (YEPs) is a network of politicians who are no older than 40 and hold a mandate at regional or local level in the EU.

The purpose of this network is to​

  • exchange best practice among local and regional politicians

  • network with fellow young elected politicians from the EU

  • understand and seize opportunities offered by the European Union for local and regional areas

  • speak for EU regions and municipalities in the European legislative process

  • gain visibility in European ​circles.

​If you want to become part of this network, you must

  • participate in an ev​ent organised by the CoR. To receive invitations to CoR events fill in our form for expressing an interest

  • hold a democratic mandate as an elected politician at regional or local level in a Member State of the European Union

  • be no older than 40 on the first day of the event you participate in

  • not be a CoR member or alternate

  • have a good level of English (since, for organisational purposes, events will be held in English only).​​​

The initiative "Young Elected Politicians United 4 Climate"​ took 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 Clima​te 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!​

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​

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Florence,  20 March 2020: Take part in the PES Group seminar on Workers’ Empowerment in the Green Transition

At the invitation of its Vice-President Enrico Rossi, President of the Tuscany region, the PES Group will hold a seminar on Workers’ Empowerment in the Green Transition in Florence. This event, organized in cooperation with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, will debate about what a just transition and the European Union’s Green New Deal mean from the workers' point of view. It will also address the ways in which they can be supported and empowered through training, sustainable wages and safe working conditions.

The PES is delighted to invite a delegation of young progressive local and regional politicians to the event.

If you wish to participate, please apply  via this link before 9 February:   

More information about the event is available at:


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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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