Plenary sessions 

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) holds up to 6 plenary sessions each year. Plenary sessions give the opportunity for CoR Members (or Alternates) to voice their opinions on EU law that may have an impact on regions and cities in the 27 EU countries.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Normally chaired by the CoR's President, the main purpose of the plenary sessions is to:

  • Vote on Opinions, reports and resolutions
  • Adopt the CoR's political programme at the beginning of each term
  • Elect a President, First Vice-president and the remaining members of the Bureau
  • Set up policy commissions within the institution
  • Approve the CoR's draft estimates for expenditure and revenue
  • Revise and agree on the CoR's Rules of Procedure

The relevant CoR commission will appoint one of its Members – known as the rapporteur – to draft an Opinion on the legislative proposal which is then voted on during one of the CoR plenaries. If the Opinion receives a majority of votes in its favour (simple majority), it is adopted and handed over to the other EU institutions for further scrutiny.

The CoR may also proactively adopt a position on a particular issue through an own-initiative Opinion.

Illustration of the next plenary

Next session

142nd Plenary session

03.02.2021 - 05.02.2021
Remote meeting
The Members of the European Committee of the Regions will meet remotely for the 142nd plenary session on 3, 4 and 5 February 2021. The session will include debates on the COVID-19 pandemic vaccination campaign, with Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization, the launch and implementation of new cohesion policy programmes in synergy with recovery tools, with Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms and more…
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Previous plenary sessions

Find out what was discussed and the outcomes from the previous plenary sessions held by the Members of the European Committee of the Regions.