Advertisement

The Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament: An Evolving Relationship?

  • François Decoster
  • Vincent Delhomme
  • Jennifer Rousselle
Chapter
Part of the European Administrative Governance book series (EAGOV)

Abstract

This chapter proposes an analysis over time of the relationship between the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Parliament (EP). For a consultative body such as the CoR, nurturing connections with other players is a key for influencing the European decision-making process. Despite some initial distrust, the two institutions have achieved to build a strong partnership, materialized most recently by the conclusion of a cooperation agreement. However, concrete evidence shows that the CoR’s work still continues to be overlooked by the EP. Further action will hence be needed if the CoR is to strengthen its position within the European political game.

References

  1. Christiansen, T., & Lintner, P. (2005). The Committee of the Regions After 10 Years, Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future. EIPASCOPE, 1, 7–13.Google Scholar
  2. Committee of the Regions. (2006). Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on Guidelines for the Application and Monitoring of the Subsidiarity and Proportionality Principles, 2006/C 115/08.Google Scholar
  3. Committee of the Regions. (2009a). Mission Statement, CdR 56/2009.Google Scholar
  4. Committee of the Regions. (2009b). The selection process for Committee of the Regions members – Procedures in the Member States, CdR 104/2009.Google Scholar
  5. Committee of the Regions. (2014a). Rules of Procedure, OJ L 65/41.Google Scholar
  6. Committee of the Regions. (2014b). Cooperation Agreement between the European Parliament and the Committee of the Region.Google Scholar
  7. Committee of the Regions. (2017a). Annual Impact Report 2016, COR-2017-02424-00-00-ANN-REF.Google Scholar
  8. Committee of the Regions. (2017b). Report on the Implementation of the Cooperation Agreement Between the European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions.Google Scholar
  9. Domorenok, E. (2009). The Committee of the Regions: In Search of Identity. Regional & Federal Studies, 19(1), 143–163.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. European Parliament. (2014). Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament.Google Scholar
  11. European Parliament. (2017). Resolution of 16 February 2017 on Improving the Functioning of the European Union Building on the Potential of the Lisbon Treaty.Google Scholar
  12. Hönnige, C., & Panke, D. (2013). The Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee: How Influential are Consultative Committees in the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies, 51(3), 452–471.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Hönnige, C., & Panke, D. (2016). Is Anybody Listening? The Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee and Their Quest for Awareness. Journal of European Public Policy, 23(4), 624–642.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Hönnige, C., et al. (2015). Consultative Committees in the European Union. No Vote – No Influence? Colchester: ECPR Press.Google Scholar
  15. McCarthy, R. E. (1997). The Committee of the Regions: An advisory Body's Tortuous Path to Influence. Journal of European Public Policy, 4(3), 439–454.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Neshkova, M. I. (2010). The Impact of Subnational Interests on Supranational Regulation. Journal of European Public Policy, 17(8), 1193–1211.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Pasquier, R. (2015). La fin de “l’Europe des régions”? Politique européenne, 4(50), 150–159.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Piattoni, S., & Schönlau, J. (2015). Shaping EU Policy from Below: EU Democracy and the Committee of the Regions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Warleigh, A. (1999). The Committee of the Regions Institutionalising Multi-Level Governance? London: Kogan Page.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Decoster
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vincent Delhomme
    • 2
  • Jennifer Rousselle
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.European Committee of the RegionsBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.College of EuropeBrugesBelgium
  3. 3.City Hall of Saint-OmerSaint-OmerFrance

Personalised recommendations