President of the European Committee of the Regions
Markku Markkula was elected President of CoR in 2015. Since joining the CoR in 2010 he has held several influential positions such as the first vice-chair of the CoR's EPP Group and chair of the CoR's EPP Task Force on Europe 2020. He was the CoR's rapporteur in the field of innovation for subjects including: The digital agenda for Europe, Horizon 2020, Better governance for the single market, Closing the innovation divide, Creation of high-tech start-up ecosystems, The industrial policy package, and others. He has also been a member of several High Level Expert Groups, such as the EU Smart Specialization Mirror Group.