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Vasco Alves Cordeiro elected as new President of the European Committee of the Regions  

​​​​"For a Europe that is made by everyone, for everyone. For every town, city and region."

Members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) have elected Vasco Alves Cordeiro as their new President for the next two and a half years. The member of the Regional Parliament of the Azores will lead the EU's assembly of regional and local representatives, focusing on strengthening democracy, defending cohesion policy, reaching the goals of the EU Green Deal and enhancing regional support for Ukraine. CoR members also elected Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of Central Macedonia in Greece, as their new First Vice-President.

Speaking in front of 329 CoR members from all 27 EU Member States, Vasco Alves Cordeiro, elected by acclamation, started by underlining that it is the Parliament of the Azores that gives him the democratic legitimacy to be a member of the Committee of the Regions: “​​​​ It is because of my commitment to the Azores that I am here today. Without that, I wouldn’t be here.

Presenting the priorities for his mandate, the new President said that "what the present times require is a stronger and fairer Europe, for all. A stronger Europe that advances, exactly, from the unapologetic affirmation of its values and founding principles, such as freedom, respect for human dignity, tolerance, the rule of law and democracy, among others. A stronger Europe that is also based on promoting greater and systematic citizen participation in the decision-making processes."

Referring to the future of Europe, Vasco Alves Cordeiro highlighted that the response to the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe poses a challenge to the action, credibility and even trust of all the European institutions. It is not possible to invite and urge citizens to take part politically in this exercise in democracy in order to define what they believe Europe should be and should be like, and then consider, for example, that anything that might involve amending the Treaties is a taboo subject."

In light of the ongoing war against Ukraine, Vasco Alves Cordeiro wants the CoR to continue supporting Ukraine and to strengthen the European perspective of the country and made clear that "cities and towns of Europe are at the forefront of the support for Ukraine’s integration process into the great European family." He further added: "We want to support our Ukrainian partners now and in the future for the reconstruction. This is why we are launching the Alliance for Ukraine during this plenary."

Lastly, the new President pointed out that the European Union must focus on ensuring the role of cohesion policy as a pillar of the European project, making sure that no people and no places are left behind. "The dilution of cohesion policy in the future post-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework is a risk that should not and cannot be overlooked. The Committee of the Regions must therefore hold its ground in the defence of a policy which has still much to give for achieving the idea of leaving no one behind, that is, the Union's own ideal."

Vasco Alves Cordeiro has been a member of the European Committee of the Regions since 2013 and served as First Vice-President of the institution from February 2020 to June 2022. In 2012, he was elected President of the Regional Government of the Azores for the first time, a position to which he was re-elected in 2016, and, in that capacity, represented the region at European and international level. Cordeiro is the second Portuguese president of an EU institution and the first Portuguese President of the Committee of the Regions; he is also the only President of an EU institution who comes from an outermost region of the EU.

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Contact:

President's spokesperson
Monica Tiberi
Tel. +32 479517443
Monica.Tiberi@cor.europa.eu

Press officer
Theresa Sostmann
Tel. +32 475999415
Theresa.Sostmann@cor.europa.eu


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