Established in 1994, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an EU advisory body composed of 350 local and regional elected representatives. The Irish delegation to the CoR is currently composed of nine full members and eight 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 28 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), Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), European Alliance Group (EA) 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).

For further information visithttps://cor.europa.eu/en

Irish delegation to the CoR

Tweets

2nd day of @Atlantic_Arc Hub meetings - taking place at @cantabriaes offices in Brussels

Key debates among Atlantic #regions, @EU_MARE & @Transport_EU on #marinerenewableenergy #maritime training & #accessibility

+ updates on projects @BlueBiotech @EUClipper @Clean_Atlantic

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Have an 💡idea on how to bring about concrete solutions for #resource-efficiency and #innovation in 🇪🇺North-West Europe area? The 9th call for Interreg NWE Europe is now published. More details available here ➡️ https://t.co/Se6NrHlHdK
@EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly

Great turnout at the @Atlantic_Arc Commission hub meeting. Future of INTERREG, Atlantic Strategy, and differences between macroregional strategies and sea-basin strategies on the agenda!

Very useful & informative discussion on future of #Atlantic Strategy in light of ongoing review and progress of negotiations on future #Interreg funding programmes with input from @EU_Regional & @EU_MARE @Atlantic_Arc @NWAssembly @CPMR_Europe @EUAtlantic

Congratulations to the selected Irish municipalities! Full list of Irish beneficiaries available here: https://t.co/FWNGuxwUWM Second call announced for early 2019 - stay tuned! #WiFi4EU #connected @EMRAssembly @NWAssembly @SouthernAssembl

.⁦@MichelBarnier⁩ meeting members of the Irish delegation ⁦@EU_CoR⁩ after debate on #brexit withdrawal agreement ⁦@SouthernAssembl⁩ ⁦@EMRAssembly⁩ ⁦@NWAssembly⁩

.@MichelBarnier references U.K. Parliament vote on withdrawal agreement, noting need for all to be responsible

.@MichelBarnier addressing @EU_CoR on the proposed withdrawal agreement. Emphasizes that #brexit doesn't bring any added value and is a case of damage limitation. UK will remain close ally, but future relationship cannot be business as usual

.@IrishRegions_EU v good meeting last eve w/ Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network-4 year Ireland-Wales @interregeurope project, supports R & D for small & medium-sized businesses in life science sector. 1 of many projects worried about Brexit, https://t.co/jPPiNk2Jp3

.@deirdreforde presenting her opinion on the Single Market Programme @EU_CoR highlighting need to support SMEs & strengthen #EU Single Market amidst challenges of #brexit & globalisation @SouthernAssembl @Corkcoco @EPP_CoR

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