The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the EU Treaty based advisory body, representing regions and cities in the European Union.
CoR's primary role is to ensure regional and local representatives of the EU countries a role in shaping new EU legislation.
The European Commission is obliged to consult the CoR in both the pre-legislative stage, and when new EU-legislation is presented, if the proposal includes one of the many policy areas that directly affect local and regional authorities. The CoR produces political opinions and organize meetings, conferences and seminars.
Denmark has nine members and nine alternate members in CoR. Danish Regions appoint three members and three alternates, the association of Local Government Denmark appoints the other members and alternates.
The regional members appointed are:
• Mr. Karsten Uno Petersen (PES), Danish Regions' international spokesman, regional councillor, Region of Southern Denmark
• Mr. Jess Vibech Laursen (ALDE), regional councillor, North Denmark Region
• Mr. Arne Lægaard (ALDE), regional councillor, Central Denmark Region
• Mr. Evan Lynnerup (ALDE), regional councillor, Region Zealand
• Mr. Erik Høgh Sørensen (ECR), regional councillor, North Denmark Region
• Ms. Ursula Beate Dieterich-Pedersen (GUE/NGL), regional councillor, Region Zealand
• 350 members - regional and local elected representatives from the 28 EU countries
• 6 commissions with expertise in various policy areas
• 6 plenary sessions per year
• More than 40 stakeholder consultations annually
• More than 75 political opinions annually
• More than 300 events annually
Read more about the European Committee of the Regions here