Markku Markkula

President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)

Markku Markkula elected as the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), is member of the Espoo City Council since 1980, holding its Presidency in 1990-92 and 2010. He is also member of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and the Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board. Mr Markkula works at Aalto University as the Advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus is on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs.
A long-standing politician, Mr Markkula is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). During his time as an MP, he served as a member of two permanent parliamentary committees: the Committee for Science, Education and Culture, and the Committee for the Future. As an MP his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network. As a tribute to his achievements in the field of education policy, he was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008.
Markkula is a member of the National Coalition Party (EPP), with political chairmanships on different organisational levels along his career, from local and national Student Unions to the Espoo City and Uusimaa Region; as well as a long standing member of the Board of the Party.
He became member of the CoR in 2010 and has held a number of positions in the institution over the last five years including the 1st Vice-Chair of the EPP Group and Chair of EPP Group's Task Force on Europe 2020. He also authored a number of opinions including “A Digital Agenda for Europe”, “Horizon 2020”, and “Industrial Policy Package”. In February 2015 he was elected President of the CoR for a two and a half year mandate.







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