As a rule, the Bureau meets six times a year before each of the six plenary sessions in Brussels and two times a year in extraordinary meetings, which are held in the Member State that takes up the Council presidency.
As the CoR's political driving force, the Bureau has to reflect the pluralism – particularly political pluralism - that exists within the Committee. Consequently, the composition of the Bureau takes the following form:
France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom each have three seats; Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden each have two seats; Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia each have one seat.
Like the President, the Bureau has a term of two and a half years.
The Bureau has the following tasks:
a) establishment and submission to the Plenary assembly of its policy programme at the beginning of each term, monitoring of its implementation and presentation of the annual and end-of-term assessments;
b) preparation, organisation and coordination of the work of the Plenary Assembly and the commissions;
c) adoption, on the proposal of the commissions, of their annual work programme;
d) overall responsibility for financial, organisational and administrative matters concerning members and alternates; internal organisation of the Committee, its Secretariat-General, including the establishment plan, and its constituent bodies;
e) engagement of the Secretary-General and the officials and other servants listed in Rule 73 of the CoR Rules of Procedure;
f) submission of the draft estimates of expenditure and revenue to the Plenary Assembly in accordance with Rule 75 of the CoR Rules of Procedure;
g) authorisation of meetings away from the usual place of work;
h) drawing-up of provisions for the membership and working methods of working groups, joint committees with applicant countries and other political bodies in which CoR's members participate;
i) decision to bring an action or an application to intervene before the Court of Justice of the European Union, when the Plenary Assembly is not able to take such a decision within the deadline.