Relationship with the UK 

CoR-UK contact group 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The European Committee of the Regions in 2020 established a contact group for relations with representatives of UK local government and devolved administrations to ensure that political dialogue with these representatives continues after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.​

​What is​​ the aim?

  • to act as a forum for continuing dialogue and political partnership between the EU and UK local and regional authorities, a​​nd to exchange know-how, in particular on cross-border issues;
  • to provide local and regional authorities with the opportunity to discuss problems or opportunities arising from the UK's withdrawal from the EU;
  • to give representatives of UK local and regional authorities a means of discussing European Union legislation affecting them even after the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union.​

The contact group addresses the following issues:

  • Monitoring the implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Raising awareness of local and regional concerns
  • Supporting cross border and territorial cooperation
  • Facilitating the movement of goods, persons and services between the EU and the UK
  • Debating cooperation on key topics

​​How​​ does it operat​e?

  • The mandate of the CoR-UK Contact Group comes from the bureau of the CoR.
  • The CoR-UK Contact Group has a mandate to meet at least twice a year.
  • The work programme for the second half of the 2020-2025 CoR term of office was adopted in March 2023.  

Who are the membe​​​​​​​rs of the Contact Group?

  • ​The European Committee of the Regions delegation comprises 12 full members and one observer, selected to reflect political, geographical and gender balance. Full members may be replaced by alternate members.
  • The CoR-UK Contact Group is chaired by a member of the CoR, currently Loïg Chesnais-Girard (FR/PES), President of Brittany Regional Council. CoR members are listed here.
  • The UK representatives at meetings of the CoR-UK Contact Group are selected according to agreements between local government bodies and the UK's devolved parliaments, assemblies and governments.

UK local-government bodies involved in the CoR-UK Contact Group: 

  • Local Government Association (LGA)
  • Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA)

UK devolved parliaments, assemblies and governments involved in the CoR-UK Contact Group:

  • Scottish Parliament and government
  • Welsh Parliament and government
  • Northern Ireland Assembly and government
  • London Assembly and the Mayor of London
  • Gibraltar Parliament​

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