OECD Local Development Forum: Better strategies for stronger communities


Kieran McCarthy

European Committee of the Regions

President of the European Alliance group


Dr Kieran McCarthy is an Independent member of Cork City Council, Ireland. He is an Irish member on the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). Kieran holds membership of the CoR’s Commission (sub-committee) for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC). Within SEDEC, Kieran champions informal and formal education, lifelong learning, culture and communities, and science and innovation in the regions and cities. Kieran also sits on the CoR’s COTER Commission (Cohesion Policy and Territorial Development). Within COTER, Kieran champions the role and voice of small cities within the EU, the EU Urban Agenda and its partnerships, and interregional co-operation programmes. He is currently the CoR’s rapporteur on the New European Bauhaus and Small Cities and the Just Transition opinions respectively. Kieran is also currently President of the CoR's European Alliance grouping and a CoR delegate to the Conference on the Future of Europe.

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