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How is PURPLE organised?

PURPLE is a participative network and is a legal entity - an international not-for-profit association under Belgian law (an AISBL). An Executive Board currently consisting of  political representatives chosen from the member regions, and a General Assembly consisting of political representatives from each member region manage the network. The General Assembly normally meets twice a year, once in Brussels and once in one of the member regions.  These meetings usually coincide with a PURPLE conference or event on peri-urban issues.

In addition, officers and experts from member regions meet regularly in Brussels as a Working Group to plan joint actions and events and to share experience.  A Lobby Group consisting of Brussels-based officers in the representations of member regions coordinates PURPLE's Brussels contacts and actions and monitors EU policy development. 

A Secretary-General provides coordination, organises meetings and chairs the Working Group.

Last updated: 5 May, 2023



PURPLE President, Mrs Helyn Clack speaking in the European Parliament in 2018, launching a series of PURPLE propositions reakted to the 2021-27 programming period.


Mr Michel Gregoire, former President of PURPLE at a PURPLE hearing in the European Parliament, November 2010