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).

For further information visit:

Irish delegation to the CoR



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Our second event as part of the #CommunicatingEurope is open for registrations! IREO and @EMRAssembly are hosting a seminar on #cohesion funding and the Conference on the #FutureofEurope. More details below with full agenda to follow:

Thanks to @ColmMarkey for closing today's event with an excellent contribution on citizen engagement in EU policy. @Future4Europe @EU_CoR @NWAssembly

How does citizen engagement inform and influence EU policy making. That was the subject of our panel discussion today. With thanks to @emmamurtagh17 @MacManusChris @jimmymcclearn @endastenson for their insights. @EU_CoR @Future4Europe @NWAssembly

How local authorities in Ireland can engage in the Conference on the Future of Europe. @Future4Europe Thanks to European Movement Ireland @emireland for the really important insights and tools. #CommunicatingEurope @NWAssembly

Fantastic to have European Movement Ireland as a partner in our Communicating Europe events. The Conference on the Future of Europe is a key tool for citizen engagement. @emireland @NWAssembly @EU_CoR

Donegal County Council @maryfowleydaly @donegalcouncil and Mayo County Council @MayoCoCo present how outstanding NPA, AA and NWE projects have contributed to strength and resilience in the North West @NPA2014_2020 @AtlanticArea @INTERREG_NWE #CommunicatingEurope


We are delighted to kick off our Communicating Europe series of events, with the first one (virtually) in the Northern and Western region of Ireland. Excellent presentations and interventions from County Councils, CoR Members and MEPs. @NWAssembly #CommunicatingEurope @EU_CoR

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Our very own @emmamurtagh17 will be representing The Wheel and @EuropeAccess at this event on 8 October!

Register now for this special event brought to you by @IrishRegions_EU and @NWAssembly, and funded by the @dfatirl #CommunicatingEurope Initiative.

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