A new call for interest has been launched to invite young elected politicians in the programme
"Young Elected Politicians United 4 Climate"
that will take place during the
CoR Plenary Session in Brussels on 3-5 December 2019.
To be eligible, the young elected politicians must:
- 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).
- Fully complete this application form and submit it by no later than 25 October 2019.
- 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 is 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.
PREVIOUS EVENTS - YEPs PROGRAMME
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
. This first initiative showcased a strong interest from this political audience in being involved in the CoR activities and in EU affairs. Therefore, 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 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.