Unlike previous years, this year we had a fully virtual open day at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). We could not open our doors as expected, but we did everything within our reach to provide you with a good overview of who we are and what we do.
Online forum "Regions and cities: vital for Europe's economic recovery"
This web-conference, hosted by CoR President Tzitzikostas, was organised with CoR members, #CohesionAlliance members, other selected politicians and VIP guests including Commissioner Elisa Ferreira and European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica. The debate took place in the context of the current health, social and economic crisis and was divided in three parts. For more information, see agenda here
Re-watch the debate
Session I 10:00-11:00
Theme: Recovering form Coronavirus, the future of EU cohesion policy and the new proposal for the EU budget 2021-2027
Session II 11:00-12:00
Theme: Regions and cities at work for a resilient and sustainable recovery
Session III 12:00 to 13:00
Theme: EU democracy – future of Europe
Regions and cities against COVID-19
As the voice of European regions and cities, the CoR is at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus since its outbreak in Europe and subsequent countries lockdown early March. The CoR is fully involved in helping to shape the EU's response to the pandemic.
Covid-19 exchange platform and see how your city/region/country is contributing to Europe's efforts to stop the virus.
Also worthy of note, a declaration on COVID-19 Response was adopted by the CoR on 8 May.
Virus does not stop democracy - CoR at work
Despite the sudden coronavirus disruption, the CoR continues doing its best to bring Europe to the EU citizens.
See how we are doing this by watching our ANIMATION video.
The CoR is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU) and it was created in 1994 – meaning
it's 25 year-old (or -young!) – to advise the EU on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (70% of all legislation).
Our members at your service
Our members are your mayors or the presidents of the regions you come from. They've been elected at local or regional level and work to bridge the gap between EU citizens and the EU institutions. They bring citizens' concerns to the political table, debate legislation in
plenary sessions and influence the EU decision making-process.
Have a look at our
"What does Europe represent for me"
YEP programme & community – join now!
The European Committee of the Regions' young elected politicians (YEPs) programme reaches out to future European leaders. The programme has
successfully connected hundreds of YEPs with one another and with their counterparts at the CoR. If you are a young elected politician, eager to network and exchange and to understand the opportunities the European Union offers regions and cities, this programme is for you. Apply to our 2020 annual call!
If you are selected, you will also gain access to
our brand new exclusive online networking tool.
THE meeting place
We've already mentioned some events organised by CoR. We have to say the CoR is not only a place where plenary sessions happen. It's
THE meeting place
place in Brussels for Europe's regions and cities.
We have selected some pictures to give you a taste of how much goes on in here – see gallery below.
Play the QUIZ on social media
Now that you know more about the CoR, it's time to play a quiz! Head over to our Instagram
account on 8 and 9 May to test your knowledge, or follow our #EuropeDay updates on Facebook
, and LinkedIn
We hope to have answered your questions and to be able to welcome you at CoR premises soon.
For now, stay safe, stay home.