Ms. Carola Gunnarsson is the Mayor of the municipality of Sala, Sweden since 2003. Ms Gunnarsson is also a member of the Board of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) and has been vice president of the organisation 2007 - 2015. She is member of the Policy Committee of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and their spokesperson of Cohesion Policy and Territorial development. Since 10 years she is also a member of the Advisory Board to the County Governor of Västmanland. Carola Gunnarsson has been a politicians for a long time on different levels and with different missions. Among other things she has been a deputy Member of the European Committee of the Regions and the chairperson of the Partnership for implementing the Structural funds in Sweden, of the Board of the Swedish Transport Agency and of the Swedish National Council of Adult Education. Her political focuses has been upon democracy and decentralization, involvement of the citizens in the society and in political decision makings and development of the countryside. Before she became a full time politician she was Advisor to the President of the Federation of Swedish Farmers. Ms Gunnarsson is a farmer herself with forestry and arable land.