Europe and the municipalities
European politics have a significant influence on the lives of people at the local level. In many EU member states, the local elections are held simultaneously with the European elections providing a huge opportunity to link the two election campaigns. Against this background, we would like to discuss how European decisions in various policy areas influence your municipality. This discussion focuses on howpeople in your community practically benefit from Europe; from environmental protection to structural policy. It will speak about what the Greens in Europe have achieved for European communities.
Laia Ortiz Castellví, Deputy Mayor for Social Rights of Barcelona City Council
Between 2011 and 2015 Laia Ortiz was a member of the Congress of Deputies of Spain for Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds-Esquerra Unida i Alternativa and assigned to the Parliamentary Group of L'Esquerra Plural (The Plural left). She has a degree in Political Sciences and Administration. She was coordinator of the Joves d'Esquerra Verda - "Youths from the Green Left" (2002-2004), technical coordinator of Dones amb Iniciativa - "Women with Initiative" (2002-2004) and analyst for the Institute of Political and Social Sciences (ICPS) (2005-2006). She has given talks in congresses and seminars about economy and collaborated in the elaboration of an online resource Dictionary of women and the local field. She has been Chair of the Social Affairs Forum of Eurocities 2017-2018.
Currently she is Deputy Mayor for Social Rights in the City Council of Barcelona, President of the Municipal Institute of Education of Barcelona, President of the Municipal Institute for the Disabled, and President of the Municipal Institute of Social Services.
Anna Cavazzini, Spokesperson of the Federal Working Group on Europe, German Greens
Anna works as the advisor on human rights for Brot für die Welt, a German development NGO. Previously she worked at the UN, in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the European Parliament on global justice.
She is spokesperson of the federal working group on Europe of the German Greens and candidate for the next European elections for Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.
Evelyne Huytebroeck, Committee Member of the European Green Party (Belgium)
Evelyne is member of the Brussels Parlement and local councillor in Forest one of the 19 municipality in the Brussels region. She is member of the environment and urban planning commissions in the Parlement.