Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe

Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe

The driving force of ENCORE is the biennial Conference for the regional environment Ministers. Each Conference has one or more specific themes. During each Conference, a progress Report is presented on the activities carried out since the last Conference. Since 2014, a youth conference takes place in the run up of the Ministers conference. The conference arrangements and other activities are handled by the Regions in close cooperation with the ENCORE Steering Group.

Structure and Organisation

The following documents give you an overview about how ENCORE is organized and how it works.

ENCORE organisation chart

ENCORE structure

ENCORE brochure


ENCORE is Co-Chaired by the Regional Minister for the Environment of the Region that will host the next Conference together with the Minister for the Environment of the Region that has hosted the last Conference.

The Co-Presidents lead and promote ENCORE at political level and together with the other Regional Ministers for the Environment set the political decisions of ENCORE.

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Co-presidents 2018-2020

Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly (2020 conference host)

Mr. Eddie Fitzpatrick
Offaly County Council Ireland
Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
R35 F893

email: jconway@emra.ie

Eddie Fitzpatrick

Central Denmark (2018 conference host)

Mrs. Susanne Buch
Chairman of Temporary Committee on Sustainable Conversion
Central Denmark Region
Skottenborg 26
8800 Viborg

email: rolf.johnsen@ru.rm.dk

Rolf Johnsen

Steering Group

The Steering Group consists of regional officials from as many different Member States as possible and is voluntarily involved with the day-to-day responsibilities of ENCORE. The Steering Group is Co-chaired by the Region that will host the next Conference together with the Region that has hosted the last Conference.

At present, the Steering Group counts 27 representatives from 20 regions (18 countries).

Co Chairs

  • Ireland, Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly, Jim Conway
  • Denmark, Central Denmark, Jes Pedersen and Rolf Johnsen


Steering Group regions of ENCORE and European countries represented in Steering Group

General Secretariat

The ENCORE General Secretariat is managed by the Free State of Bavaria (Germany) appointed to that task by Ministers’ consensus at the 2016 ENCORE Conference.

Secretary General

State Minister Thorsten Glauber
Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection
Postfach 81 01 40
81901 München/Germany

email: Europa@stmuv.bayern.de

Thorsten Glauber

ENCORE members

Regions that are considered to be ENCORE members have signed the founding document of ENCORE, the so called Valencia Charter. Become an ENCORE member!

The following map gives an overview on the current signatories of the Valencia Charter as per September 1, 2013.

ENCORE regions in Europe

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