Cillian Lohan: "We need leadership that we can trust"

Cillian Lohan (Ireland) will be one of the two EESC's vice-presidents for a two-and-a-half year term from October 2020 to March 2023. He will be in charge of communication.

After his election, Cillian Lohan, said: "We live in challenging times, dealing with a global pandemic and the consequential effects on our economies, at a time when we need to be investing in an urgent transition away from a dependency on outdated energy systems. We need solutions that deliver for everybody, and we need leadership that we can trust.

"The EESC brings a unique voice to the table….Our outputs need to reach the EU institutions loudly and clearly".

At this critical time, "the EESC can bring an added value in the sense that we build consensus around our input into new policies, and we identify gaps in legislation, making concrete proposals to fill them. Our outputs are the result of tireless work amongst our staff and members to produce valuable unique perspectives that critically have the support of all these different civil society groups. Amplifying this work will be my priority as vice-president", he stressed.

A member of the Diversity Europe Group appointed to the EESC through the environmental sector, Cillian Lohan has worked in Ireland on policy through the Irish Environmental Pillar and has served as chair of the Irish Environmental Network.

He is a leading voice in the field of the Circular Economy and was the inaugural chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, which he helped to establish.

He has long experience as a delegate at UN initiatives such as the Climate COP negotiations and the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals.

As CEO of the Green Economy Foundation, Cillian Lohan has overseen a range of ambitious projects including the planting of over one million trees in Ireland and the establishment of a wildlife reserve in Tobago.

He takes office as vice-president for Communication following a term as spokesperson for the Environment and Consumers Category at the EESC.

He has been the rapporteur of a number of major opinions, including the first comprehensive piece of work at EU institutional level on establishing the principles of Climate Justice: Climate Justice, the 2015 and 2019 Circular Economy Action Plans, Youth Engagement, Reflection paper on Sustainable Europe  and Access to climate finance. (mr)

Watch a video message of the EESC vice-president for communication: