Secretary-General at the European Committee of the Regions
Mr Jiří Buriánek has been Secretary General of the European Committee of the Regions since 1st September 2014. He served previously as Director at the Secretariat-General of the Council, responsible for network industries and European infrastructures, including digital and telecoms industry. Prior to this, he also served as Enlargement Manager at the EC’s Joint Research Centre and as Secretary General of PostEurop, the European Restricted Union of the UN Special Agency of the Universal Postal Union uniting 42 European Universal Service Providers. Mr Buriánek is of Czech and German nationality.
Mission statement of the European Committee of the Regions
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is a treaty based political assembly composed of 700 regional and local politicians representing all territorial areas, regions, cities and municipalities of the European Union.
CoR’s mission is to involve regional and local authorities in the EU decision-making process – 70% of EU legislation are implemented by regional and local authorities. To this end, the CoR works closely with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and in the Member States with the various tiers of authority, in order also to promote multi-level governance. CoR members vote on political recommendations for European strategies and participate in the preparation of EU legislation. Upstream, at the earliest stages, the CoR proposes political lines of approach and action drawn from the experience and expertise of its members.
The CoR keeps watch to ensure that the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality are upheld so the decisions are taken and applied as close to the citizens as possible and at the most appropriate level. The CoR sets up platforms and networks, organise forums in order to facilitate cooperation and the pooling of experience between regions, cities and municipalities, and develop partnerships.
Local and regional politicians being the level of governance that is closest to the citizens, CoR members act as ambassadors of Europe in the regions, cities and municipalities and speak for them in the European debate. They also have a direct dialogue with the citizens on Europe’s achievements and future challenges and help to explain and expound the implementation and territorial impact of EU policies.