Local Politicians at the Heart of Europe

​​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 at a glance

The European Committee of the Regions is a political body bringing together and empowering Europe's locally elected representatives:

  • 329 Members and 329 Alternates from all EU countries
  • 300 regions
  • 100 000 local authorities
  • 1 million local politicians
  • Representing 441 million citizens


 

The CoR operates according to the expertise of its Members in:

  • ​6 commissions
  • 6 political gro​ups
  • 6 annual plenaries
  • Hundreds of local and international meetings​

Our stories

Europe's regions and cities have many stories to tell. Local elected politicians are doing big things for our citizens, and driving initiatives that inspire other local leaders around the world.

This brand new section of our website was launched during the Inaugural Plenary of the 2020-2025 Mandate of the Committee of the Regions. It will feature stories from our Members and our partners, and put the spotlight on some of their best work for Europe's regions and cities. ​​

C​O​P ​25

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Under ​Chile's Presidency, the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019.

As the EU's Assembly of local and regional representatives, the European Committee of the Regions will be present at COP25 and will actively advocate the achievements and commitments of European cities and regions in the fight against global warming.

The CoR delegation to COP25 in Madrid will be composed of:​​​

  • Markku Markkula (EPP/FI), CoR's First Vice-President
  • Cor Lamers (EPP/NL), CoR's ENVE Chair and Mayor of Schiedam​
  • Jean-Noël Verfaillie (RE/FR), CoR's ENVE 2nd Vice-Chair and Member of the Nord Departmental Council
  • Benedetta Brighenti (PES/IT), Member of Castelnuovo Rangone Municipal Council
  • Andries Gryffroy (EA/BE), Member of the Flemish Parliament
  • Tjisse Stelpstra (ECR/NL), Member of the Executive Council of the Province of Drenthe.​​

The CoR will closely cooperate with Members attending COP25 on behalf of their own constituencies. ​​

COP25 has the goal to finalise the negotiations on the implementation rulebook of the Paris climate agreement. In addition, higher climate ambition and commitments are expected and much needed if we want to avoid the devastating impacts of global warming.

Climate Action Best Practices

As cities and regions are at the frontline of climate impacts but also solutions, we present here below a series of climate actions implemented by our members. Whether regional presidents, mayors or city councillors​​, all demonstrate the socio-economic and environmental benefits of decarbonisation and climate action.​