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WLGA European Office

Two officers are based in the WLGA European Office in Brussels, covering over ten main areas of work:  


Filippo Compagni (European Affairs Manager):

Management of the WLGA Brussels Office

Cohesion and Regional Policy

Agriculture and maritime affairs 

State aid and internal market

EU funding (particularly Structural Funds, rural development and transnational cooperation)


Lucy Sweet (European Policy & Communications Officer)

Environment, waste and energy


Public procurement

Employment, equalities and social affairs

Education and culture

ICT, research and innovation

Communications (including the WLGA Europe webpages, Twitter, the Contact Europe newsletter and events& delegation visits to Brussels) 


The WLGA Europe Team in Brussels has three main Brussels-based networks, of similar organisations, which it uses to discuss shared interests and issues and for joint lobbying:

CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions)  

ELAN (European Local Authority Network)

UKBO (UK Brussels Offices)


The work of the WLGA Europe Team in Brussels is supported by the WLGA European Advisers, expert practitioners in implementing EU funding programmes and policy on the ground:

• Peter Mortimer (Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council)

• Sasha Davies (Conwy County Borough Council)


The WLGA Europe Team in Brussels supports the following Elected Members, representing Wales in EU institutions:

Committee of the Regions (CoR):

• Cllr Bob Bright (Newport City Council & WLGA European Affairs Spokesperson)

• Cllr Chris Holley (Swansea City and County Council)

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe:

• Cllr Ronnie Hughes (Conwy County Borough Council & WLGA Deputy European Affairs Spokesperson)






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