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Relations with enlargement countries

For the political dialogue with the local and regional authorities in the enlargement countries the CoR created so called joint consultative committees (JCC) and working group (WG).

There are currently three Joint Consultative Committees (JCC) and two Working Groups (WG) in existence in the Committee of the Regions:

  1. JCC between the CoR and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  2. JCC between the CoR and Montenegro
  3. JCC between the CoR and Iceland
  4. Working Group on relations with Turkey
  5. Working Group on the Western Balkans.

Each year there are two meetings organised by each of the WGs and JCCs: one meeting in Brussels and another in the partner country.

In total there are ten annual meetings that constitute an important political platform for the exchange of experiences and good practices between the CoR members and the participants from the enlargement countries.

The CoR's official position on enlargement is expressed each year through the regularly issued opinion on the European Commission's enlargement package.


Joint consultative committee with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


1 BLANC Jacques Co-chair EPP FR
2 BODKER ANDERSEN Per Member PES DA
3 BRIGHT Robert Member PES UK
4 DE VRIES R.E. (Ralph) Member ALDE NL
5 DRENJANIN Jelena Member EPP SV
6 KROCHMAL Witold Member EA PL
7 KROGMANN Martina Member EPP DE
8 PIHL Juri Member PES ET
9 SERTO-RADICS Istvan Member ALDE HU
10 SIMITSIS Konstantinos Member PES EL
11 STRUZIK Adam Member EPP PL

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Joint consultative committee with Montenegro


1 SZWABSKI Stanislaw Co-chair EA PL
2 DESTANS Jean-Louis Member PES FR
3 NAGY Sándor Member EPP HU
4 NICA Alin Adrian Member ALDE RO
5 RUOCCO Roberto Member EPP IT
6 SIMITSIS Konstantinos Member PES EL
7 STEPIEN Witold Member EPP PL
8 DUDEN Barbara Member PES DE

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Joint Consultative Committee on Iceland


1 BRESSO Mercedes Co-chair PES IT
2 STRUZIK Adam Member EPP PL
3 KNAPE Anders Member EPP SV
4 BØDKER ANDERSEN Per Member PES DK
5 O'DONOGUE Paul Member ALDE IE
6 MAXWELL Stewart Member EA UK

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Working group on Turkey


1 LEHMANN Heinz Chair EPP DE
2 AZIS Hasan Member ALDE BG
3 GJESING Jens Christian Member PES DK
4 JANSSEN J.F.M. (Hans) Member EPP NL
5 KALOGEROPOULOS Dimitrios Member EPP EL
6 O'LOUGHLIN Fiona Member ALDE IE
7 OSVALD Petr Member PES CS
8 RENSTRÖM Yoomi Member PES SV
9 SOULAGE Bernard Member PES FR
10 TRAMS Marek Member EA PL
​11 ​SIMMONDS David ​Member ​ECR ​UK
​12 VAN DEN BRANDE Luc​ ​Member ​EPP ​BE

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Working group on the Western Balkans


1 BOSSMAN Peter Member PES SL
2 BUCHANAN Anthony Gerard Member EA UK
​3 ​DESTANS Jean-Louis ​Member ​PES ​FR
4 DRENJANIN Jelena Member EPP SV
​5 ​JIRANEK Dan ​Member ​ECR ​CZ
6 KISSIOV Vladimir Member EPP BG
7 MADSEN Henrik Ringbæk Member PES DA
8 MCCHORD Corrie Member PES UK
9 O'LOUGHLIN Fiona Member ALDE IE
10 PROTAS Jacek Member EPP PL
11 SCHAUSBERGER Franz Member EPP AT
12 ZERLAUSKIENE Odeta Member ALDE LT

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