Members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) are representatives
of regional and local bodies who either hold a regional or local authority
electoral mandate or are politically accountable to an elected assembly. In
some Member States, they receive some kind of remuneration from their
regional or local body. However, they do not receive any remuneration from
Members participate in meetings of the CoR, such as plenary sessions,
commission meetings and political group meetings, which in most cases take
place in Brussels although they occasionally take place elsewhere. At
times, members are also authorised to participate in meetings that are not
organised by the CoR but are of particular interest to its work.
Upon presentation of the supporting documents, members are reimbursed for
the actual cost of their transport tickets for attending such meetings, up
to business class for air transport and up to first class for travel by
rail or boat. If travelling by car, members are reimbursed according to a
flat rate per kilometre of €0.30. For their convenience, members may book
their transport tickets via the CoR travel agency, in which case the CoR
pays directly for them.
Besides the reimbursement of their transport expenses, members receive a
flat-rate meeting allowance of €323 per meeting day to cover all their
costs at the meeting place (in most cases Brussels), such as meals, hotel
fees, etc. This allowance takes into account the relatively high prices of
accommodation in Brussels on working days.
Members also receive a flat-rate travel allowance that is based on the
total distance of the journey and covers all the costs during the journey.
These include, for instance, motorway tolls or vignettes, public transport
in Brussels, parking fees at the airport or train station of departure, and
meals, drinks and additional hotel fees during the journey or due to an
extended stay at the meeting place. This allowance is only paid when the
distance of the journey exceeds 200 km and it amounts to €176 per reference
unit (one single payment per round trip).
It should be noted that the EU Court of Justice considers that the use of a
flat-rate allowance system, which is a common practice in the EU
arises from a concern to reduce the administrative costs and burdens
inherent in a system involving the verification of each individual item
of expense and therefore represents sound administration
" (judgment of 15 September 1981 in case C-208/80, Lord Bruce of Donington).
All the aforementioned expenditure is covered by the EU budget and is duly
Remote meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic
The CoR has adopted a number of temporary measures to ensure the CoR's
operational capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular its
advisory role in the EU decision-making process, while at the same time
avoiding health risks for members and staff. To this end, non-essential
meetings have been cancelled and essential meetings such as those of the
CoR constituent bodies are, to the extent possible, held remotely using
electronic means (in some cases hybrid meetings are held with a group of
the members located together in the same physical place). In these special
circumstances where most members are working from their homes, the CoR pays
them a flat-rate remote meeting allowance of €200 per meeting day to cover
their office and general expenses in preparing for and participating in