Our Members have the power to shape the future of Europe from the ground up. They represent the EU's one million locally elected leaders, and come together at the CoR to ensure that the needs, ambitions and aspirations of millions of citizens are heard and acted upon.
Local administrators are among the most trusted politicians in Europe. They draw their expertise by remaining closest to the reality of our towns, cities and regions. Day after day, they can be found with their sleeves rolled up in our communities, busy finding solutions to challenges big and small.
By putting them back at the center of European decision-making, the Committee of the Regions unites them through an inspiring purpose: ensuring that the EU hears and understands what is happening at regional level, and promoting solutions that have been tried-and-tested on the ground, close to our people.
That is why the European Committee of the Regions is the institution that thousands of local representatives want to join, take part in and develop. With Members coming from all over Europe, zoom or click on the map to find and contact your representative at the Committee of the Regions.
The European Committee of the Regions is a political body bringing together and empowering Europe's locally elected representatives:
The CoR operates according to the expertise of its Members in:
These examples bear witness to the commitment of local and regional leaders to combat the pandemic alongside their local communities and businesses during the emergency, responding with health, economic and social measures and leading the EU's recovery. We invite you to browse through the examples on the map, and read some of the evidence collected for the
2020 Regional and Local Barometer on the state of the EU's regions and cities after the first wave of the pandemic. The 2021 edition shows the way on how to build back better and improve EU policies based on the experiences at local and regional level.
The COVID-19 pandemic put cross-border and transnational cooperation to the test, but has also shown the incredible resourcefulness, ingenuity and solidarity between the peoples of Europe, proving once again that cross-border cooperation is not only wanted by Europe's citizens, but it is also essential for the livelihoods of many of them.
The CoR partnered with the European Commission (DG REGIO) and the leading associations working in the field of cross-border cooperation in Europe to showcase the many cross-border stories and experiences throughout the crisis.
Learn more about the barriers and policy solutions proposed for future policy proposals on cooperation across borders. Further reading on the
CoR and Cross-Border Cooperation
The European Union has set itself the objective of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, a target that the European Commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, has described as the "greatest challenge and opportunity of our times".
The European Committee of the Regions is committed to playing a full part in achieving this objective and to ensuring that local and regional perspectives are always reflected in the European Green Deal, the EU roadmap to carbon neutrality. The Green Deal sets out objectives, principles, and tools in policy areas ranging from emissions reduction and industrial policy to agriculture and biodiversity.
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of Central Macedonia, said in his inaugural speech as President of the European Committee of the Regions in 2020 that one of his priorities would be to "translate the Green Deal into local climate action while supporting the communities who will be the most affected". President Tzitzikostas added that "the fight against climate change will be won or lost in our regions and cities". The European Committee of the Regions has been a patron of the Covenant of Mayors since its creation in 2008 and is a long-standing advocate of a greater role for regions and cities in global governance of climate action.
The #EUGreenDeal map is an emerging and evolving effort by the European Committee of the Regions to show the steps being taken across the EU by regions and cities to decarbonise the European economy. It shows how individual communities are transforming their way of living and working, of producing and consuming, and how they are trying to achieve environmentally sustainable and socially and economically just growth.
Do you want to share your Green Deal local best practice? Submit your Best Practice in our
Open Call or drop an e-mail to
To find fuller details about our legislative and political work on climate action, please visit the page of the CoR's
Green Deal Going Local working group. The upload of the Best Practices submitted through the last call launched by the ENVE secretariat is currently ongoing.
In yellow on this map, you will find environmental best practices already implemented or being planned by local and regional politicians who are members of the Young Elected Politicians' network.
Check the map regularly for new stories from across the EU!