Markku Markkula (born 15 July 1950 in Kolari, Finland) is the President of the European Committee of Regions (CoR) and Vice-Chairman of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG).
He became member of the CoR in 2010 and has held a number of positions in the institution over the last five years, including the rapporteurship on opinions such as “European Industrial Policy Package”, “Digital Agenda for Europe”, “Horizon 2020”, and “Closing the Innovation Divide”.
A long-standing politician, Mr Markkula has been member of the Espoo City Council since 1980 (holding its Presidency in 1990-92 and 2010) and is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). He further sits on the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and chairs the Espoo City Planning Board. Additionally he works at the Aalto University as advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus mainly lays on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs.
During his mandate as a President of the CoR Markkula's main priorities will be smart growth, sustainable jobs and security. Given his professional trajectory in a number of innovative bodies, it is expected that he will make innovation one of CoR's new priorities.