President of the European Committee of the Regions
Karl-Heinz Lambertz
PES

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Karl-Heinz Lambertz was elected as President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in July 2017 after serving a two and a half year term as First Vice-President. He is also a member of the Belgian Senate representing the German-Speaking Community.

Born on 4 June 1952 in Schoppen, Karl-Heinz's interest in politics came early in his career having served as President of the German-speaking Youth Council (1975-1980). After a number of functions linked to his academic background in law, he became Member of Parliament of the German-speaking Community in 1981.  
 
Between 1990-1999 he held numerous Ministerial posts in the German-speaking Community Government before being elected its Minister-President (1999-2014). He was then President of Parliament until 2016 before taking post as Senator.

Karl-Heinz has been a CoR member since 2001 and was President of the CoR's PES Group (2011- 2015).  Since 2000, he has been a Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in which he is currently Vice-President.

He is married to his wife Sylvie, has two children and four grand-children.

 
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Julien de Ridder
Julien de Ridder
Head of Cabinet
  +32 2 282 2309
  • Strategy, coordination, management
  • EU inter-institutional relations​
  • CoR's Conference of Presidents, Bureau meetings and plenary sessions
  • Relations with the CoR's Political Groups and Secretariat-General
  • Communication​
 
Jean-Paul Buffat
Jean-Paul Buffat
Deputy Head of Cabinet
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  • Deputising for the Head of Cabinet
  • ​Supports the Head of Cabinet in CoR, Bureau and plenary sessions activities
  • Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
  • Task force on the Future of Europe and Brexit
  • Inter-institutional relations: European Council, European
  • Commission and European Parliament
  • Relations with EU political movements​​​
 
Laura Broich
Laura Broich
Policy Advisor and Assistant to the Head of Cabinet
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  • ​Employment & social policy​
  • Support to the Head of Cabinet
  • Organisational and administrative support for internal and external meetings of the President and members of cabinet
 
David French
David French
Communications and Policy Advisor
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  • ​Strategic communications and coordination
  • Media relations, digital communications, events, publications and inter-institutional communications
  • Environmental, climate and energy policy
 
Michael Jansen
Michael Jansen
Policy Advisor
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  • Relations with the European associations and national delegations
  • ​Relations with regional and local representations
  • Youth, sport, education and culture
  • Public health & consume​r protection
  • Migration
  • Innovation, research & technology
  • Oversight of CoR events and studies
 
Nicolas Lété
Nicolas Lété
Policy Advisor
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  • Cohesion Policy & Multiannual Financial Framework
  • Transport ​
  • ​Urban and housing policy
  • Rural development & common agricultural policy
  • Fisheries & Maritime policy
  • Tourism
 
Filippo Terruso
Filippo Terruso
Advisor to the First Vice-President
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  • ​Coordinates and supports  activities of the First Vice-President - Markku Markkula (EPP/FI)
  • ​Supports the work of the President's cabinet
  • Cooperation w​ith National Parliaments and Subsidiarity Network
  • External relations and cooperation, enlargement, neighbourhood policy
  • Constitutional affairs, Brexit, migration
  • CORLEAP & ARLEM
 
Natasha Arvaniti
Natasha Arvaniti
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  • ​E​conomic and Monetary Union (EMU)
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  • European Semester
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  • SMEs and Entrepreneurship
 
Chantal Fontaine
Chantal Fontaine
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  • Organisational and logistical support of the President's agenda
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  • Financial authorisation and management of budget lines
  • Coordination of request files, memos and briefings
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Luca Neumann
Luca Neumann
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