Plenary sessions  

​The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) holds up to 6 plenary sessions each year. Plenary sessions gather CoR members (or alternates) coming from regions and cities from all 27​ EU countries.

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

  • Vote opinions, reports and resolutions
  • Adopt CoR's political programme at the beginning of every term
  • Elect President, First Vice-president and remaining members of the Bureau
  • Set up policy commissions within the institution
  • Approve CoR draft estimates of expenditure and revenue
  • Revise and agree on CoR 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 during one of CoR plenaries. If it gets a majority vote it is adopted and handed in to the other EU institutions.

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

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