Political representation at European level

Regional tasks are greatly affected by EU legislation and general political signals from the European institutions

The regions are therefore represented in European organizations and policy forums that are part of the European decision making process.
Danish Regions is represented in a number of international organizations to coordinate political views and share experiences with other countries, regions and representative organizations.

Click on the individual organizations below and read about their role in the European decision making process, as well as the regional politicians who represent Denmark.


International organizations with elected regional representatives

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the EU Treaty based advisory body, representing regions and cities in the European Union.
CoRs primary role is to ensure regional and local representatives of the EU countries a role in shaping new EU legislation.
The European Commission is obliged to consult the CoR in both the pre-legislative stage, and when new EU-legislation is presented, if the proposal includes one of the many policy areas that directly affect local and regional authorities. The CoR produces political opinions and organize meetings, conferences and seminars.

Regional representatives

Denmark has nine members and nine alternate members in CoR. Danish Regions appoint three members and three alternates, the association of Local Government Denmark appoints the other members and alternates

The regional members appointed are:
Mr. Jess Vibech Laursen (ALDE), Danish Regions' international spokesman, 1st Vice-President, North Denmark Region
Mr. Karsten Uno Petersen (PES), Regional Council Member, Region of Southern Denmark
Mr. Henrik Madsen Ringbæk (PES), Regional Council Member, North Denmark Region

Mr. Henrik Qvist (PES), Regional Council Member, Central Denmark Region
Ms. Jane Strange Nielsen (ALDE), Regional Council Member, Region Zealand
Mr. Niels Erik Søndergaard (ECR), Regional Council Member, Region of Southern Denmark



• 350 members - regional and local elected representatives from the 28 EU countries
• 6 commissions with expertise in various policy areas
• 6 plenary sessions per year
• More than 40 stakeholder consultations annually
• More than 75 political opinions annually
• More than 300 events annually

Read more about the European Committee of the Regions here 

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the largest European organization for local and regional authorities. The organization works for a Europe based on local and regional self-government. Danish Regions works, together with CEMR to advocate their common interests in relation to EU legislation.
CEMR's members are national associations of local and regional authorities from 41 countries in Europe. CEMR shares an office building in Brussels with many of the national organizations representing regional and local authorities, including Danish Regions.

The representatives appointed from Danish Regions to CEMR are:
Mrs. Anny Winther, Regional Council Member, North Denmark Region
Mr. Peter Madsen, Regional Council Member, Region Zealand

Mr. Jess Vibech Laursen, 1st Vice-President, North Denmark Region
Mrs. Bente Nielsen, Regional Council Member, Central Denmark Region

Read more about CEMR here

The Congress for Local and Regional Authorities is a part of the Council of Europe, working for local and regional cooperation and advocating for the development of decentralized democracy throughout Europe. The Congress has designated 318 elected representatives from local and regional authorities representing all Council of Europe member states.

The Congress is working on three priorities: quality of local and regional democracy and human rights in Europe, the new challenges posed by the economic and financial crisis and partnership within and outside the Council of Europe.

The Congress also monitors whether countries that have signed and ratified the European Charter of Local Self comply with its principles.

The work is done, inter alia, through the preparation of monitoring reports, which are an important tool to engage in a political dialogue with member countries on matters affecting the local and regional democracy. The Congress draws up a monitoring report for each Member State approximately every five years.

Read more about the Council of Europe Congress here


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