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Euromontana Senate

What is the senate?

senate_ensembleThe consultative Senate consists of those senior members of Euromontana with a more constrained availability and those who have demonstrated that they can contribute by the special service they have given in the past.

Senate members


Past President of Euromontana and Honorary President of Euromontana, France


Founding President of the Groupe Montagne within FNSEA. Founding President of SIDAM. Founding President of AFDI (Agriculteurs Français et Développement International). Past President of the Chambre d’Agriculture de la Loire. Honorary President of Euromontana.



Past President of Euromontana, Scotland


Frank has been the President of Euromontana since 2000. He was employed as Head of International Affairs within Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the UK Government’s economic development and training agency for the whole of the North of Scotland. He is a member of the Monitoring Committee for the Northern Periphery Interreg III Programme and of the Management Committee of the Highlands and Islands Special Transitional Programme. He was the Chairman of the LEADER II Monitoring Committee for the Highlands of Scotland. Frank is also a Board Member and past-President of EURADA, the European Association of Development Agencies.


Past President of Euromontana and past tresurer, Switzerland

Gérard BEDOS

Past Vice-President of Euromontana, France

Breeds organic suckling calves. Occupational responsibilities: President of the Caisse Locale du Crédit Agricole (Quillan – 11), Vice-President of the Chambre d’Agriculture de l’Aude, President of SUAIA Pyrénées (an organisation that promotes farming development on behalf of the Chambres d’Agriculture Pyrénéennes), Member of the Conseil National de la Montagne.


Past Delegate General of Euromontana, France

Radu REY

Past Vice-President of Euromontana, Romania

Born in 1940. Veterinary doctor, specialized on food hygiene and mountain rural economy. Prof.dr – at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine – Mountain Faculty – Iasi. Member of the Academy of Agricultural and Forest Sciences – Bucharest. More than 200 publications, 2 reference books for mountain agri-rural development.

1990-1993: President, Secretary of State, Romanian Mountain Area Commission/Ministry of Agriculture. 1994-2002: Director General, Director – National Agency of Mountain Area/MAPDR. 2002-2004: Director (adviser)/ Minister’s Cabinet/MAPDR- for mountain area. 1994-2004: Program coordinator – Training and Innovation Center for Development in the Carpathians – CEFIDEC Vatra Dornei. 2000-2004: Member – Executive Bureau of Euromontana. Honorary president – ANDRM “Romontana” and Mountain Farmers’ Federation – Dorna. Main author of official normative papers: “Mountain Law” (2004), “Delimitation of mountain area”, “Strategy of sustainable development of mountain area” (2004). Initiator: agri-mountain, vocational and university educational system. Rapporteur for the European Council.


Former President of Euromontana (2008 – 2012), France


André Marcon is a hotel manager at Saint-Bonnet le Froid (Haute-Loire in France) where he offers trips to discover the local nature. He is the president of UCCIMAC, the Union of chambers of commerce and industry of the Massif Central, which has now merged into MACEO. Since 2011, he has also been the president of CCI France, the National assembly of chambers of commerce and industry and vice-president of Eurochambers. He has been vice-President of the economic and social committee in France since 2004, member of the Permanent Board for Massif Central Committee since 1994, of the Permanent Commission of the National mountain council since 2002, of the Permanent conference for Tourism in rural areas since 2001, and of the National conference for spatial planning and territorial management since 2006. Locally he is also Mayor of Saint Bonnet le Froid, a position he has held since 1989, and vice-president of the “Communauté de commune du pays de Montfaucon”. Andrè Marcon is motivated to continue to serve Euromontana and the mountains of Europe. Former President of Euromontana (2008 – 2012) and currently Treasurer of Euromontana, André Marcon is motivated to continue to serve Euromontana and the mountains of Europe.


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