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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