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PES family welcomes Catiuscia Marini, new President of PES Group in Committee of the Regions

Markus Töns & Catiuscia Marini

At its constitutive meeting, held ahead of the first plenary session of the 6th term of office of the Committee of the Regions, the PES Group elected Catiuscia Marini, President of the Umbria region (Italy), as their new Group President. She is succeeding Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Parliament of the German-speaking community of Belgium, who becomes First Vice-President of the CoR.

In full respect of the gender balance principle, the Group also elected Markus Töns, Member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) as its 1st Vice-President.

"For our Group to be successful, we need to stand united and to carry out our work in a spirit of solidarity and a shared sense of responsibility. It is these fundamental principles that will guide my leadership", Marini stressed, thanking PES Group members for their trust in her. The new President pledged to continue taking forward the Group's political priorities, that is, fighting for quality jobs, for investments in public services in EU cities and regions and for ambitious climate targets and an energy-efficient economy.

"We must strive to maximise our impact within the CoR, the other European institutions and on the ground", she pointed out, while underlining the need to further deepen the Group's cooperation with the S&D Group in the European Parliament and with the PES family and to actively contribute towards strengthening the voice of progressive forces in the EU. "Together, we will work to create a Europe that is more equitable, more social and more oriented towards the real needs of its citizens", concluded the newly elected President.

Catiuscia Marini has been a member of the CoR since 2010. From June 2014 to January 2015, she was First Vice-President of the CoR. She has been rapporteur on the General regulation for Structural Funds for the period 2014-2020, on the Future of the European Social Fund and on State aid to regional airports. Prior to her election as President of the Umbria region in 2010, she was Member of the European Parliament (2008-2009).

Story by the Communication team of the PES Group. Click on the links for more news and photos of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions.

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