The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) intervenes at several stages of the EU law-making process. CoR commissions draft opinions on EU legislative proposals and members gather in plenary to vote and adopt those opinions.
The CoR also works closely with national, regional and local authorities, making their voices heard and fostering political debate, not only in Brussels, but also in EU regions and cities, outside Europe and online.
Our political action is based on the belief that cooperation between European, national, regional and local levels is essential if we are to build an ever closer and more mutually supportive union among the people of Europe and respond to the challenges of globalisation.
Promoting dialogue and cross-border cooperation
Consultations are organised by the CoR to get input from local and regional authorities, experts and other stakeholders so they can contribute to the opinions proposed by our CoR members for adoption at EU level.
Interregional groups are special interest groups of members who gather to discuss issues at local/regional level or sometimes across different countries.
The CoR also coordinates some networks to enable regions and cities to exchange best practices, both at the European level and beyond. The Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) and the Euro-Mediterranean Assembly (ARLEM) , for instance, attest to the CoR’s efforts in the field of EU neighbourhood policy.
Further cross-border cooperation includes:
contributing to the integration of new Member States into the EU via Joint Consultative Committees and Working Groups , where the CoR works with local and regional representatives from countries seeking to become EU members;
working with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Council of Europe (CoE) to strengthen political dialogue with local and regional governments in the EU;
Monitoring, assessment and research activities
Last but not least, the CoR
makes sure all levels of government are involved and that EU legislation is properly implemented at local and regional level
assesses the potential impact of EU legislative proposals on the ground
encourages decentralisation and reinforced partnership for effective policy-making in the EU
complements its strategic planning by trying to anticipate future challenges and opportunities which in turn may help ongoing decision-making.