Committee of the Regions
- Role: consultative body that represents the regional and local authorities of the Member States
- Term: 5 years
- Composition: 350 members representing the local and regional authorities
- President: Markku Markkula (Finnish, European People's Party)
- Place of meeting: Brussels
Rue Belliard 99-101
Tel: +32 (0) 2 282 2211
Fax: +32 (0) 2 282 2325
- Website: www.cor.europa.eu
The Committee of the Regions, founded in March 1994 by the Treaty of Maastricht, is a consultative body made up of representatives from the regional and local authorities of the Member States.
The Committee of the Regions takes part in the European decision-making process.
The treaty provides for compulsory consultation of the Committee of the Regions by the Council and the Commission in a large number of areas relating to regional interests, such as: economic and social cohesion, employment, social policy, transport, energy, education and youth, telecommunications, vocational training, culture, the environment and public health.
The Committee of the Regions may also provide advice on its own initiative.
The Committee of the Regions is made up of 350 representatives from the local and regional authorities. They are appointed for five years by the Council, on the proposal of the Member States, but they act with complete political independence.
Plenary sessions are held up to six times a year. The Committee of the Regions’ work is carried out by six specialised commissions who prepare the plenary sessions.
The President of the Committee of the Regions is appointed by the members of the Committee of the Regions for a two-and-half-year term.
The current President is Markku Markkula.
Place of meeting
The Committee of the Regions has its seat in Brussels.