The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is recognized by the other EU Institutions as the representative voice of regional and local authorities in EU policy development and EU legislation.
The EU Treaties oblige the Commission, Parliament and Council to consult the Committee of the Regions whenever new proposals are made in areas that affect the regional or local level.
Therefore the Committee of the Regions closely cooperates on a daily basis not only with the other EU Institutions but also with many other stakeholders representing the regional and local level, as well as civil society.
The Committee of the Regions, the voice of regions and cities in Europe, is closely monitoring the work of the European Commission.
The Committee of the Regions works in close relationship with the European Parliament on common issues of concerns for the EU citizens of the Regions and Cities of Europe.
The European Parliament is the only supranational institution whose members are democratically elected by direct universal suffrage. It represents the citizens of the EU Member States. The European Parliament is firmly established as a co-legislator, has budgetary powers and exercises democratic controls over all the European institutions.
To voice the concerns of the Regions and Cities of Europe in the field of Economic and Social issues, the Committee of the Regions closely follows the work of the 28 Member States Ministers.
In addition to the EU Institutions, the EU has a number of other bodies that play specialised roles. Their scientific and technical know-how is valuable to the work of the Committee of the Regions.
Head of Unit: Marie-Claire Neill-Cowper
Assistant to the HoU: Maria Smyth
Interview with Raffaele Cattaneo(Chair of COTER)
Interview with Yoomi Renström(Chair of SEDEC)
Interview with Christian Buchmann(Chair of ECON)