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A Europe of Regions: The Green New Deal in the Committee of Regions

  • Florian Siekmann
Friday 4 December 2020
EU Seminar

With Florian Siekmann, Member of the Bavarian State Parliament, spokesman for European affairs of the Green Group and member of the European Committee of the Regions.

The introduction of the subsidiarity principle with the Maastricht treaty in 1992 ensured that authorities on a lower level retain power, if Union intervention on an issue can be better dealt with on a central, regional or local level. In this context, the Maastricht treaty also initiated the formation of a new EU institution: The Committee of the Regions (CoR). Since 1994, the CoR represents regional and local authorities on the EU-level. The institution mainly serves an opinion-giving/advisory function and addresses the Council or the Commission directly. Their mode of working is similar to the European Parliament, as opinions are drafted within specialist committees and then voted on in the plenary.
In this seminar, Florian Siekmann will talk more about the CoR as an institution more generally: How is the CoR organized and how do you become a member? But will also illustrate the cooperation between the CoR and the European Economic and Social Committee. After establishing this institutional background, the seminar will then demonstrate the work of the CoR on a specific file in the context of the EU’s Green Deal, an assessment of the actual impact the CoR has on altering files and how the CoR is lobbied and by whom. The seminar ends with Florian Siekmann talking about potential career options in the CoR and his own experience as a member of the CoR.

Mr Florian Siekmann studied Biochemistry at the LMU in Munich. While he was studying, he ran in the election of the State Parliament for the German Green Party in 2018. His endeavor was successful and with 23 he became the youngest member of the Bavarian State Parliament in history. Today, as a 25-year-old, Florian is spokesman on European affairs for the Greens in the Bavarian parliament, specialized in cooperation with bordering countries like Switzerlands, Austria and Czech Republic and member of the parliamentary committee of federal and European affairs. Since January 2020, Florian is part of the CoR and member of CORLEAP and the Broadband Platform. Additionally, he is also involved in ENVE and ECON. Beyond politics, he is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and currently on the Board of Trustees of the Max-Planck-Institute of Physics.

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