About: Markku Markkula

Economy & Jobs 10-10-2018

Portugal dominates RegioStars Awards with innovation, culture projects

Portugal was the big winner of the RegioStars awards 2018 in Brussels, a project promoting regional innovation, cohesion and culture in the EU, with two awards for its innovation in sustainable industrial technologies and the promotion of cultural heritage.
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2017

CoR president sees ‘enormous opportunity’ in Brexit

Committee of the Regions President Markku Markkula is adamant Brexit is an opportunity to "renew" the European Union, while cities and regions can be the drivers of change. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Climate change 07-02-2017

Banks give €1 billion to build “Smart Europe”

Investors and the banking community have agreed to pour €1 billion into the modernisation and digitalisation of Europe, Council of the Regions President Markku Markkula said today (7 February).

Basque president calls upon EU to counter dumping

President of the Basque Country Íñigo Urkullu today (27 January) called upon the European institutions to put a stop to market dumping and "unfair competition" by Asian economies, particularly in regard to China and the steel sector. 
Climate change 18-12-2015

COP21 just a partial success for cities and regions

For cities and regions across the European Union, the landmark deal at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), was a historic - but only a partial - success, writes Markku Markkula.
Climate change 09-12-2015

COR President takes swipe at COP deal, hails global Covenant of Mayors

The President of the Committee of the Regions yesterday (8 December) took a swipe at leaders struggling to reach a deal to cap global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, while hailing the efforts of mayors to save the planet.
Regional Policy 26-11-2015

Regions push for ‘bottom-up’ approach to climate change mitigation

SPECIAL REPORT / Ahead of COP21, EU cities and regions are seeking a bigger role and an expanded toolbox to implement any climate agreement reached in Paris.
Climate change 26-10-2015

Cities, regions and climate change

Cities and regions are leading the fight against global warming, calling for the EU to be zero carbon by 2050, as world leaders prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) in November.
Climate change 14-10-2015

COR President: COP21 will be a failure if cities’ role not enshrined in final deal

EU negotiators must secure a role for cities and regions in the final international agreement to cap global warming by no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, otherwise the UN Climate Change Conference will be a failure, the President of the Committee of the Regions exclusively told EURACTIV.com.
Green MEP Michael Cramer with Committee of the Regions President Markku Markkula
Transport 03-09-2015

Regions warn Juncker Plan could overlook small-scale infrastructure

EU officials are making noise about the Juncker Plan, which some say might give cash loans more favourably to large infrastructure projects and leave behind small, local proposals.
EIB President Werner Hoyer and Committee of the Regions President Markku Markkula at Tuesday's meeting in Luxembourg
Regional Policy 02-09-2015

Regions push for better access to Juncker Plan

The European Investment Bank is trying to cool local governments' scepticism over the Juncker Plan, an investment strategy that EU officials hope will pump €315 billion into infrastructure projects around the EU by 2017.
Energy 09-07-2015

The Energy Union can succeed with local authorities’ engagement

The Energy Union is an opportunity that with the right political backing and investment, could transform Europe’s energy sector. Yet what is needed is more careful thought on how to engage local government before sound bites – at least for communities - are to be believed, writes Markku Markkula.
EU Priorities 2020 09-06-2015

Why we all need an EU migration agenda

The EU needs to adopt an immigration agenda to help regions that are struggling to cope and offer migrants a safe, legal route to a better life, writes Markku Markkula. 
Markku Markkula
27-02-2015

Regional president confident of Juncker Plan flexibility

SPECIAL REPORT: The Commission is prepared to consider flexibility for member states, in order to offset structural funds from their annual budgets under the Stability and Growth pact, where these are used to co-finance Juncker Plan projects (see background), according to the new president of the Committee of the Regions (CoR).
27-02-2015

Markkula: Juncker Plan should change the mentality of Europe

In an interview with EURACTIV's Jeremy Fleming, Markku Markkula talked about his new role as president of the Committee of the Regions and the importance of the regional input on the Juncker plan.