Committee of the Regions

IN BRIEF

  • Role: consultative body that represents the regional and local authorities of the Member States
  • Term: 4 years
  • Composition: 344 members representing the local and regional authorities
  • President: Ramón Luis Valcárcel SISO
  • Place of meeting: Brussels
  • Address:
    Rue Belliard 101
    B-1040 Brussels
    Tel: +32 (0) 2 282 2211
    Fax: +32 (0) 2 282 2325
  • Website: www.cor.europa.euExternal link

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.

Role

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 five areas relating to  regional interests, such as youth policy, education, culture, public health, economic and social cohesion, trans-European transport networks, environment, social policy, vocational trainings, telecommunications and energy.

The Committee of the Regions may also provide advice on its own initiative.

Composition

The Committee of the Regions is made up of 344 representatives from the local and regional authorities. They are appointed for four years by the Council, on the proposal of the Member States, but they act with complete political independence.

Plenary sessions are held 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 2-year term.

The current President is Ramón Luis Valcárcel SISO.

Place of meeting

The Committee of the Regions has its seat in Brussels.