President of the European Committee of the Regions

​Apostolos Tzitzikostas

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Apostolos Tzitzikostas was born on September 2, 1978. He studied Government and International Relations at Georgetown University, in Washington DC. After graduating in 2000, he had his first working experience at the Office of the President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States Congress. In 2002 he obtained a Masters Degree on European Public Policy and Economics from the University College of London. Following his studies, he created his own company on the field of production, processing and standardization of dairy products, based on organic standards.

In 2007, he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament with the Nea Demokratia Party (EPP) in the First District of Thessaloniki. In the Regional Elections of November 2010 he was elected Vice-Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia and Head of the Metropolitan Area of Thessaloniki. On the Regional Elections of May 2014 he was elected Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia, and on the Regional Elections of May 2019 was re-elected Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia. On November 2019 he was elected President of the Association of Greek Regions.​​

Since 2015 he is a Member of the European Committee of the Regions. In July 2017, he was elected Head of the Greek Delegation and Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions. He fluently speaks English and French and his articles are regularly being published in Greek and foreign newspapers and magazines.

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Cabinet contact Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Aurel Trandafir 
Head of Cabinet 
  +32 2 282 2094

  • strategy, coordination, management
  • President’s contact person for the CoR political membership
  • inter-institutional relations​ with the EU and with the member states 
  • CoP, Bureau and plenary sessions
  • democracy and the future of Europe​​
Dani Marcheva 
Policy Assistant 
  +32 2 282 2051

  • ​policy and logistical support to the HoC
  • coordination of Pres and HoC's agendas
  • organisation of Cabinet meetings
  • coordination of files, memos & briefings 
  • ​ad-hoc support to cabinet members​

Rita Muscat 
Administrative Assistant 
  +32 2 546 9594

  • ​​organization of President's agenda
  • administrative support for the President and the cabinet memb​ers
  • financial matters, missions
  • coordination of files, memos & briefings
  • ​ad-hoc support to cabinet members
to be determined 
Policy assistant 
Michele Cercone 
Deputy HoC & Spokesperson 

  • ​management of the President spokesperson’s service 
  • strategic communication and coordination
  • future of Europe: implementation and inter-institutional relations
  • annual state​​ of the EU’s regions & cities
  • r​elations with national and EU territorial associations and delegations
Filippo Terruso 
Principal Policy Advisor 

  • ​​management and support to the HoC for the CoP, Bureau and plenary sessions
  • constitutional affairs, subsidiarity, local democracy, devolution, future EU 
  • Council of Europe
  • integration of m​igrants
  • neighborhood, ext. affairs, enlargement
  • CORLEAP, ARLEM, decentralised coop.
  • EU-UK relations
Aris Matsikas 
Senior Political advisor  

  • ​​​political and communication advice to the President
  • relations with EU political movements
  • cross-border cooperation
  • migration
  • maritime and fisheries affairs
  • tourism

David French 
Policy Advisor 
  +32 2 282 2535

  • ​​environment
  • climate change, energy
  • sustainability
  • digitalisation​
  • transport, mobility
  • public health and consume​r protection​
Pauliina Makarainen 
Policy Advisor 

  • ​​innovation, research technology
  • education and culture
  • SMEs, entrepreneurship, employment
  • demographic challenges
  • gender balance
  • Education
  • youth policies
  • smart specialisation
  • ​​civil society

Pierluigi Boda 
Policy Advisor 

  • ​​EU budget (policy & institutional budget)
  • cohesion, CAP, CEF
  • Economic governance 
  • European Semester 
  • Public finances, public procurement
  • EFSI & financial instruments 
  • Competition
  • ​European Investment Bank


Theresa Seitz  

  • ​policy support to the cabinet members​
  • preparation of files
  • support writing briefings memos
  • support social media
  • research on selected topics

Ruben Félix da Silva 
  • ​policy support to the cabinet members
  • preparation o​f files
  • support writing ​briefings memos
  • support social media
  • research on selected topics​