Romes mayor Walter Veltroni has been elected vice-president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), a voluntary organisation set up in 1951 to promote the contribution from local and regional authorities to European integration. Veltroni was proposed for the role, one of three vice-presidencies, by the organisations president Valery Giscard dEstaing, the former president of France. CEMR is made up of approximately 100,000 local and regional authorities from 27 countries.