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About us :


PES Local's objectives are:

• To reinforce local autonomy on the basis of the European charter of local autonomy adopted by the Council of Europe, in 1985.

• To encourage contacts and co-operation between the parties and their organisations of elected members, notably by exchange of publications, organisation of seminars and conferences, on themes appropriate to local authorities.

• To construct a network of elected local and regional socialists in order to develop the exchange of ideas and to defend their interests.

• To encourage co-operation between the socialist parliamentary groups in the European Parliament, in the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), as well as in the Committee on Local Authorities of the Socialist International (SI).



Roland Schäfer

PES Local is directed by a Bureau. This is composed of two members representing each party or organisation of elected members. The Bureau of  PES Local was re-elected in June 2015, and meets twice a year on average. The President of PES Local is Roland SCHÄFER (Germany), Mayor of Bergkamen, Member of the Bureau of the Bundes-SGK, President of the Association of German Towns and Municipalities, Member of the Council of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRAE), Member of the Executive Bureau of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).


The Secretary General is Marc TARABELLA, MEP, Mayor of Anthisnes (Belgium).


The Vice Presidents are:
Christophe ROUILLON (France), Mayor of Coulaines, Conseiller général of Sarthe, Vice President of the Association of French Mayors in charge of  European affairs, national representative for European affairs of the FNESR, Member of the Committee of the Regions;

Tom JUNGEN (Luxembourg), Mayor of the Municipality of Roeser, Chairman of the Forum of Socialist Local Representatives of Luxembourg, Alternate Member of the Committee of the Regions;

Kata TÜTTŐ (Hungary), Councillor for the XIIth district of Budapest, Member of the party executive of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Alternate Member of the Committee of the Regions.

The Treasurer is Bernhard MÜLLER (Austria), former Mayor of Wiener Neustadt, Chairman of the Association of Socialist Local Representatives of Austria.

Deputy Secretary General is Peter HAMON, Secretary for European and International Affairs of the Bundes-SGK, Head of the Secretariat of PES Local.

Claudy LEBRETON, former President of the Conseil Général of the Departement Côtes d’Armor (France),
Martine BURON, former Mayor of Chateaubriant (France), Herbert SCHMALSTIEG, former Mayor of Hanover (Germany), Bernard POIGNANT, former Mayor of Quimper (France), and Jean-Claude VAN CAUWENBERGHE, former Minister-President of the Governement of Walonie (Belgium) are Honorary Presidents.

Mónika LAMPERTH, former Minister (Hungary), Kurt GASSNER, former Mayor of Schwertberg (Austria) and Sir Steve BULLOCK, Mayor of Lewisham (United Kingdom), are Honorary members of the Bureau.


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