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

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Interreg North West Europe @INTERREG_NWE Call 8 is still open for proposals! All three topics included - #innovation #lowcarbon #resource_efficiency. Closing date 22/11/2018.

Urban Innovative Actions #UIA launched its 4th Call for Proposals! The topics for this call are digital transition, sustainable use of land, urban poverty and urban security. Closing date 31/1/19. More information https://t.co/4v5KbYp5Io #UIACall4

Opening of #EUbudget conference by @GOettingerEU: the easiest years are behind us - let’s prepare the #FutureofEurope

Great to meet MEP @MarianHarkin today in Brussels promoting our region and @eer

Michael O'Brien, Programme executive, Northern and Western Regional Assembly, Ireland, explains that his region is in the third successful operational programme, with areas of focus being R&D, ICT, SME support, energy efficiency and urban regeneration. #eadebates

A busy week for Irish delegation to @EU_CoR as European Week of Regions and Cities focuses on proposals for post 2020 Cohesion Policy @EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly @cllrkmac

Great to meet @MaireadMcGMEP in Commission @FineGael telling the story of EU funds and @EER_Award @NWAssembly

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Thanks to @NI_LGA and the East Border Region for a positive meeting on Brexit and shared concerns w/@NWAssembly &@@EMRAssembly . Thanks also to @BrusselsNI for hosting!

Great to have colleagues from @NWAssembly and @EMRAssembly in Brussels today for meetings w/@IrelandRepBru, @NI_LGA and East Border Region on Brexit preparations

Blue skies in Brussels today for the launch of #EURegionsWeek w/ @JunckerEU addressing the role of regions & cities & #CohesionPolicy in the future of Europe. Cites continuing challenges including populism

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