Established in 1994, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an EU advisory body composed of 658 local and regional elected representatives (329 full members and 329 alternate members). The Irish delegation to the CoR is currently composed of nine full members and nine alternate members appointed by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The CoR gives regions and cities a formal say in EU law-making ensuring that the position and needs of regional and local authorities are respected. Through the adoption of opinions and resolutions, the CoR makes sure that the voice of local and regional authorities across Europe is heard on matters that directly impact them.

Six thematic commissions prepare the opinions of the CoR in response to proposed new legislation by the European Commission. These commissions then submit draft versions of opinions and resolutions for discussion and adoption at every Plenary session (6 per year).

These commissions are:

  • CIVEX – Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs
  • COTER – Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget
  • ECON – Economic policy
  • ENVE – Environment, Climate Change and Energy
  • NAT – Natural Resources
  • SEDEC – Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture

All the CoR members are elected local and regional representatives from the EU 27 Member States. Members from one country form the National Delegation which reflects the political, geographical, regional and local balance of their country. Members can also join one of the five political groups of the CoR: European People’s Party (EPP), Party of European Socialists (PES), Renew Europe (former ALDE), European Alliance Group (EA), the Greens  and European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR). Members can also choose to not be part of a political party if they so wish (non-aligned).

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And that’s a wrap!! A packed two days for the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly members (@EMRAssembly). Heading home after lots of engagement with European stakeholders.

Members now meeting Jackie King from IBEC (@IbecGlobal) followed by Grainne Ryan from Enterprise Ireland.

Thanks @IrishRegions_EU for organising a great discussion with Irish councillors yesterday in the heart of Europe 🇪🇺 🇮🇪

We discussed a range of issues around the EU's role in supporting local authorities 🤝

Members now meeting Sandra Cavallo from the European Commission. Sandra is briefing members in Building Europe with Local Councillors Network.

Members of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (@EMRAssembly) begin day two of their study visit to Brussels with a briefing from Ciaran Delargy, first secretary at the Irish Permanent Representation, responsible for Brexit.

Members meet MEP Colm Markey (@ColmMarkey) to discuss agricultural policy and the EU’s influence on the Irish agricultural economy.

Members meet MEP Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyMEP) discussing his work in the Parliament and Fit for 55.

Members now meeting MEP Ciaran Cuffe (@CiaranCuffe) learning about his work on the transport committee and the buildings energy directive.

Good discussion with 🇮🇪 councillors from the Eastern & Midlands Regional Authority who are visiting the EP.

Good discussion about how the 🇪🇺 institutions can support local authorities.

Thanks to @IrishRegions_EU for organising.

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Members now meeting MEP Billy Kelleher (@BillyKelleherEU) for an update on his work and it’s impact on Ireland.

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