Committee of the Regions

The Committee of the Regions is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union.

The CoR has  353 members from the 28 Member States of the European Union, representing local and regional authorities (Article 263 of the EC Treaty).

Austria12
Belgium12
Bulgaria12
Cyprus6
Czech Republic12
Denmark9
Estonia7
Finland9
France24
Germany24
Greece12
Hungary12
Ireland9
Italy24
Latvia7
Lithuania9
Luxembourg6
Malta5
Netherlands12
Poland21
Portugal12
Romania15
Slovakia9
Slovenia7
Spain21
Sweden12
United Kingdom24
Croatia9

 

Six distinctive Commissions are responsible to support the preparation of opinions based on the proposals of the European Commission. The draft version of opinions and resolutions are submitted to the Plenary Assembly for adoption.

 

The composition of each Commission reflects the political and national composition of the Committee of the Regions.

  1. The Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional & External Affairs (CIVEX) 1st Vice-Chairman is Mr Vladimir KISSIOV (BG/EPP), Municipal Concilor of Sofia
  2. The Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy (COTER).
  3. The Commission for Economic and Social Policy (ECOS)
  4. The Commission for Education, Youth, Culture and Research (EDUC)
  5. The Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE).
  6. The Commission for Natural Resources (NAT).

 

Political groups

 

The members of the Committee of the Regions have formed groups which reflect their political affiliations. There are five political groups:

  1. The European People's Party (EPP)
  2. Party of European Socialists (PES)
  3. Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
  4. European Alliance, (ЕА)
  5. European Conservatives and Reformists Group  (ECR)

 

  1. The Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional & External Affairs (CIVEX) is responsible for coordinating the Committee of the Regions' work on issues which include justice and home affairs, fundamental rights and freedoms, smart regulation and the reduction of administrative burdens, citizenship and broader institutional issues such as governance and devolution. The Commission also intensively deals with the Union's external dimension, focusing on neighbourhood and enlargement countries, and decentralised cooperation for development.

Competences:

  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
  • Immigration policy, asylum and visas
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights 
  • Active citizenship
  • Devolution 
  • Governance 
  • Better law making (including the reduction of administrative burdens)
  • Implementation of the EU Treaty 
  • Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership and EU Mediterranean Policy 
  • Decentralised cooperation for development
  • Enlargement (dealing with global issues not covered by the working groups of the Bureau)

 

1st Vice-Chairman - Mr Vladimir KISSIOV (BG/EPP), Municipal Concilor of Sofia

 

  1. The Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy (COTER). Regional policy and transport policy are at the heart of concern for local and regional authorities throughout Europe. 

Competences:

  • Economic, social and territorial cohesion
  • Structural Funds
  • Spatial planning
  • Urban policy
  • Housing
  • Transport and trans-European transport networks
  • Macro-regions
  • Territorial cooperation (including EGTC)

 

  1. The Commission for Economic and Social Policy (ECOS) is responsible for coordinating the Committee's work on employment, social protection, equal opportunities, single market, entreprise policy, innovation and economic and monetary policy. 

Competences

  • Employment
  • Social policy
  • Social protection
  • Equal opportunities
  • Enterprise policy, competition and taxation
  • Innovation
  • Economic and monetary policy
  • Internal market
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) issues

 

  1. The Commission for Education, Youth, Culture and Research (EDUC)

Throughout the European Union local and regional levels have key responsibilities for policies and activities related to education, culture, youth and sports. They are also key players in developing regional research and innovation strategies, and in harnessing the full potential of information and communication technologies to the benefit of society.

Competences:

  • Youth
  • Sports
  • Education 
  • Information and communication strategy of the EU
  • Life-long learning
  • Culture and cultural diversity
  • Multilingualism and  promotion of minority languages
  • Research and technology
  • Information society and trans-European telecommunication networks
  • Communications, audiovisual industry and media

 

EPP Political Coordinator - Ms Malina EDREVA LAZAROVA (BG)

 

  1. The Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE). Local and regional authorities play a central role in the implementation of EU environment, climate change and energy policy.

Competences:

  • Environment policy
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Renewable energy, trans-European networks in the energy sector and new energy policies
  • Space policy (Galileo, GMES/Kopernikus and related issues)

 

  1. The Commission for Natural Resources (NAT). Local and regional authorities are a cornerstone in the implementation of agricultural, health, fisheries and maritime policies in the EU.

Competences

  • Common agricultural policy, rural development 
  • Public health
  • Common fisheries policy
  • Maritime policy
  • Food production
  • Consumer protection
  • Forestry 
  • Civil protection
  • Tourism

 

Other commissions

  • Ad hoc Commission on the revision of the Rules of Procedure
  • Ad hoc commission on the future composition of the CoR
  • Bureau working group on relations with Turkey
  • JCC FYROM
  • JCC Iceland
  • JCC Montenegro
  • Joint Consultative Committee between the CoR and Croatia
  • Temporary ad hoc commission on the budget of the European Union
  • Working group on the Western Balkans