About the CPMR

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) represents more than 150 regional authorities from 24 countries across Europe and beyond. Organised in geographical commissions, the CPMR works to ensure that a balanced territorial development is at the heart of the European Union and its policies.

Regions are legitimate actors at European level, with competences and expertise in the CPMR’s core areas of work: cohesion policy, transport, maritime and fisheries, climate and energy, and migration.

The CPMR produces policy positions based on input from its member regions on the areas above, as well as numerous studies, analyses and technical papers to support them.

CPMR President

The President, who is elected by the Political Bureau for a two-year term, represents the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. The post is currently held by Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the Regional Government of Azores.

He acquired international experience representing the Azores in several bodies, including the Committee of the Regions of the EU, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Conference Peripheral and Maritime Regions and the Conference of Presidents of Outermost Regions. In 2008, he was appointed Regional Minister for the Economy of the Azores Government, holding competences on air and maritime transports, tourism and promotion of incentive measures to boost the Azores economy.

CPMR Secretary General

The General Secretariat, which ensures the smooth running of the Conference, is managed by the Secretary General, Eleni Marianou. Mrs Eleni Marianou is Greek and a multilingual lawyer specialising in International and Public law.She has extensive knowledge of European affairs and working practice in European organisations of local and regional authorities and has been active in European activity in Brussels for over 20 years.

She is currently elected Secretary General of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe, managing a team of 34 staff members based in Rennes, Barcelona and Brussels, with responsibility in advising and leading policy development and strategic leadership in the areas of territorial cohesion, European governance, regional competitiveness, maritime policy and sustainable development.

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