Representation in European bodies and organisations
KL - Local Government Denmark is represented in several European bodies and organisations. Read more about KL’s European work.
KL works to represent the 98 Danish municipalities at the European level in different European bodies and organisations. Often, KL is represented by the nine members of KL’s International Committee, which consists of mayors and councillors.
The Committee of the Regions is a body within the EU that consists of local and regional elected representatives. The Committee participates in the European legislative process as an advisory body by issuing opinions on matters that affect the local and regional governments. These opinions are taken into consideration by the EU-Commission, the Council, and the European Parliament in the legislative process.
The Danish delegation consists of 9 members and 9 substitutes in total. Of these, members of KL’s International Committee make up 6 members and 6 substitutes. The remaining members represent Danish Regions.
The work of the CoR is organized by six commissions that each cover a separate policy area. See the distribution of seats among KL’s members and substitutes below:
Members of the Committee of the Regions
- Head of delegation: Erik Flyvholm, member of the COTER and ECON commissions
- Kirstine Bille, member of the NAT and ECON commissions
- Jens Ive, member of the ENVE and SEDEC commissions
- Kasper Glyngø, member of the CIVEX and SEDEC commissions
- Kirsten Jensen, member of the CIVEX and ENVE commissions
- Torsten Nielsen, member of the COTER and NAT commissions
- Mads Sørensen, substitute for Erik Flyvholm
- Line Krogh Lay, substitute for Kirstine Bille
- Kasten Søndergaard, substitute for Jens Ive
- Jens Christian Gjesing, substitute for Kasper Glyngø
- Anne Madsen, substitute for Kirsten Jensen
- Henrik Madsen, substitute for Torsten Nielsen
KL is a member of CEMR which is a European umbrella organization that consists of national associations of local and regional authorities from all of Europe. In total, CEMR includes 60 member associations from 47 countries and CEMR represents over 100 local and regional authorities.
CEMR is also the European section of the international organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
The primary task of the CEMR is to represent and safeguard the interests of the European local governments at the EU-level. Specifically, the CEMR aims to influence European legislation and initiatives through contact to the EU-Commission, the Council and the European Parliament.
The CEMR is led by the Policy Committee, which consists of local elected representatives who participate on behalf of the member associations. In addition, the work of the CEMR is carried out by several Expert Groups that each focus on specific policy areas such as environment, energy, labour market, and digitalisation.
Members of the CEMR Policy Committee:
- Kirstine Bille
- Jens Ive
- Kasper Glyngø, substitute for Kirstine Bille
- Kirsten Jensen, substitute for Jens