New European job for Liverpool councillor Nick Small
The city's cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills was appointed chair of the Eurocities Economic Development Forum last week.
Perhaps the Labour councillor is pitching to be the new Flo Clucas (the Liberal Democrat former deputy council leader who made her name fighting for a fair deal for Merseyside). He will hold the new role until 2014.
The forum meets three times a year and lobbies the European Commission to attempt to secure cash for Europe's biggest cities. Supporters insist it is more than just another European talking shop.
Cllr Small said: "I'm hopeful that we can have an impact on key decision makers and play our part in building a stronger economy in Europe.
"I'm becoming chair of the Eurocities Economic Development Forum at crucial moment for the EU, as it negotiates its budget for the next seven years.
"I'll be making sure Liverpool's interests are represented effectively and I'll do all I can to ensure future European funding programmes aid the on-going development of our city.
"I'll also be looking to bring the Liverpool experience to the Forum, and sharing with other member cities our successes in driving forward regeneration in our city and becoming more business-friendly."