Pledge to be a strong voice for villages, cities and regions in Europe
During its Group Meeting, the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has appointed Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla , President of Andalusia, Mark Speich, Secretary for Federal, European and International Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Franck Proust, President of Nîmes Métropole as Vice-President of the EPP-CoR Group.
Reacting to this appointment Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla said “This appointment is a true honour. Valuing the role of the Regions in the different European institutions is a conviction that the EPP puts into practice and develops effectively and efficiently. A task to which I am totally committed and to which I join so that the voice of Andalusians is heard in Europe with more force every day”. Moreno Bonilla has recently served at the CoR Rapporteur on ‘A Long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas’ as well as on the ‘European Climate Law: establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality’.
In his reaction, Mark Speich said “I am delighted that the EPP-CoR Group has entrusted me with the position of Vice-President. Europe is facing enormous challenges and the EPP is the main driving force in tackling those challenges. I am looking forward to supporting the voice of European regions within the important work of the EPP on the future of Europe.”
Franck Proust said “I am very honoured by this appointment and the trust shown by the EPP family. I will continue to work on the close links between the EPP-CoR and the EPP party so that the voice of the territories is even better integrated and understood. I remain convinced that local and regional authorities have a vital role to play in bringing Europe closer to its citizens.”
The EPP-CoR Group is a leading force in the CoR. The political assembly is a consultative body, which was created in 1994 to give locally and regionally elected representatives of government a say over the content of EU legislation.
Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla is President of the Junta de Andalucía since January 2019 and President of the Andalusian Popular Party since March 2014. He served as President of Nuevas Generaciones de Málaga (NNGG) in Malaga and in Councillor for Youth and Sports in the Malaga City Council. He was a deputy in Congress from 2000 to 2011, the year of his appointment as Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality. From May 2014 to September 2017 he was a senator by appointment of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia and has been a deputy in the Andalusian Parliament since March 2015. He has held positions in the Partido Popular (PP), including National President of the Partido Popular youth organization, Executive Secretary of New Technologies, Executive Secretary of Municipal Policy, Secretary of Local Policy and Coordinator of Regional and Local Policy. Moreno Bonilla Graduated in Protocol and Organization of Events and holds a Master’s Degree in Protocol Management, Production, Organization and Design of Events from the Camilo José Cela University.
Dr. Mark Speich has been State Secretary for Federal, European and International Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Representative to the Federal Government since September 2017. He has been a member of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 1991 and served as Political Advisor of the General Secretary of the CDU and as Director of Policy Planning of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Parliament (Bundestag). Dr. Mark Speich was educated at the University of Bonn (PhD) and Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (MPhil). He read History, Political Science and Constitutional Law. Speich has been a member of the CoR since 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the CIVEX Commission and Chair of the German Delegation. He is also member of the CoR delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Franck Proust, started his political career in 1989 alongside Jean Bousquet, then Mayor of Nîmes. He served as Member of the European Parliament until 2019, and is currently President of Nîmes Métropole, Vice-President of the EPP, and a member of the CoR. On the national scene, he is the departmental secretary of the Les Républicains party and a member of the National Investiture Commission.