Mayor of Plœuc-L’Hermitage, a rural new commune since 2014, Thibaut Guignard, a 42-year-old Breton elected official, is committed to supporting rural areas and Europe.
Endowed with expertise in rural development, European fund management, and the implementation of projects dedicated to local territories, Thibaut Guignard presides over Leader France, the national federation of rural territories engaged in the European rural development program Leader.
Since January 1, 2023, Thibaut Guignard has been presiding over ELARD, the European Leader Association for Rural Development. ELARD is a European association that represents nearly 2,600 territories in 29 countries, including those in the vicinity of the European Union, which have adopted and are implementing the LEADER methodology for local development by local actors.
Driven by his European convictions and a desire to promote the interests of European rural areas, Thibaut Guignard is dedicated to developing decentralized cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe. In this capacity, he leads the France-Poland working group within the French Association of Councils, Communes, and Regions of Europe (AFCCRE).
With a dynamic and European vision of rural areas, the Breton elected official also co-chairs the European Commission of the French Mayors’ Association and serves as an alternate member of the European Committee of the Regions.
Since March 2, 2021, Thibaut Guignard has presided over the French Delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CPLRE).