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    Elmar Brok becomes IRE Patron

     MEP Brok joins Board of Patron:

    After speaking at the 11th Conference of European Regions and cities on 27 September 2015 in Salzburg, the Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok has joined the IRE “Board of Patrons”. The IRE is honoured to welcome Mr. Brok as a new patron.
    The “Board of Patrons” consists of high-profile personalities from politics and science that support the IRE’s objective, its activities and the idea of a “Europe of the regions” on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity. Other members of the “Board of Patrons” include: Benita FERRERO-WALDNER, Former EU-Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Helmut KOHL, former Chancellor, Germany, Wolfgang SCHÜSSEL, former chancellor, Austria, Theo WAIGEL, former German finance minister and Kandeh K . Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer for the programme “Sustainable Energy for All”.
    Brok (born 14 May 1946 in Verl) is a German Member of the European Parliament and the current Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was elected on behalf of the Christian Democratic Party and sits with the European People’s Party. An MEP since 1980, he has held many leadership positions in German and European politics. As a member of the Convention on the Constitution for Europe and in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Brok is widely credited with contributing crucially to the Constitution of the European Union. He is currently the President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).

    Brok studied law and politics in Germany and at the Centre for European Governmental Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scottland. Formerly, he worked as a radio journalist and newspaper correspondent. Brok has also held several other leadership positions in the European Parliament, including Member of the European People’s Party (EPP) Political Bureau, Member of the EPP Group Bureau, Coordinator in the European Parliament committees on social affairs, drugs and German unity, and the European Parliament Representative on the Council’s Reflection Group for Maastricht II.
    -Federal Cross of Merit (First Class)
    -Grand Golden Decoration of the Republic of Austria
    -Order of Grand Officer of Luxembourg 
    -”MEP of the Year for 2003″ awarded by European Voice following a Europe-wide vote
    and many more.

    Source: Official Website Elmar Brok and Wikipedia

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