Erasmus for Local and Regional Representatives

This article was published under the 2015-2020 European Committee of the Regions mandate.



Last updated
3 December 2019

31 January 2018
Adoption at CoR Plenary


7 Feburary 2017
appointment of the rapporteur

Erasmus with a twist

After the success of Erasmus for students, apprentices, young entrepreneurs, higher education professionals and journalists, ALDE’s Vice-President in the European Committee of the Regions François Decoster now urges for an Erasmus programme for local representatives.

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François Decoster aims at relaunching the “Erasmus for local and regional elected representatives. This Erasmus initiative would allow elected representatives to enhance their knowledge about EU affairs and regional politicians could thus also learn from each other and launch joint initiatives to the citizens’ benefit!


16 May 2018 François Decoster presented his report to ALDE’s Nathalie Griesbeck MEP to further bolster this initiative.

23 March 2018 Radio RCF – consisting of a network of 64 local radio’s – interviews François Decoster about his work in the European Committee of the Regions and his Erasmus report.

26 February 2018 Further coverage of Decoster’s report in Le Taurillon.The German version also appeared on Euractiv Germany.

1 February 2018 Unanimous adoption at the European Committee of the Regions plenary session, with coverage in El Confidencial, Euractiv Spain, Euractiv France, ABC, La Vanguardia among others. Later coverage also from Czech outlet Ekonomický deník.

In the margins of the plenary he also discussed his initiative with representatives of the European Commission and Mercedes Bresso MEP.

November 2017 François Decoster spoke at the ‘Fédération Nationale des Agences d’Urbanisme’; their “38e Rencontre des Agences” took place in Strasbourg. He stressed the essential role of local representatives to talk to citizens about the EU and its importance & benefits.

October 2017 During the European Week of Regions and Cities, François Decoster will chair the “Erasmus for local and regional representatives” workshop in the European Committee of the Regions. More information & registration:

3 October 2017 Parliament Magazine features an article / interview with François Decoster on his upcoming workshop and opinion.

12 July 2017 François Decoster discussed his report with Martine Reicherts, Director-General DG EAC.

30 May 2017 François Decoster discussed his report with Mercedes Bresso MEP, who was the initiator of the pilot project in 2012-2013 in her role as then President of the European Committee of the Regions.

10 May 2017 Discussion with Anna Lena Zademach-Schwierz, cabinet of Commissioner Corina Cretu

21 March 2017 Meeting with the cabinet of Commissioner Navracsics.



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