THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
WE ARE ALSO INTERNATIONALLY ACTIVE
Alongside our work at home, the Association of Slovenian Municipalities is also active in international organisations. These are mainly organisations which in a wider (national) sense join associations of local authorities. The purpose of these organisations is mainly to strengthen and develop local self-government. One such organisation, with which we have actively cooperated from the start, is the Committee of the Regions, which has its seat in Brussels. THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS The Committee of the Regions is an organisation, which has a global function and is made up of representatives (members) of European regional and local bodies. There are 344 of these and just as many alternate members. All 344 committee members are mainly regional presidents, mayors, presidents of municipal and regional councils.
And what is the role of the Committee of the Regions? On a European level, it is necessary to consult with the Committee of the Regions prior to making decisions about matters such as regional and social policies, economic and social cohesion, the environment, culture, education, health, employment, traffic and transport.
Members and alternate members of the delegation of the Association of Slovenian Municipalities at the Committee of the Regions
Robert Smrdelj, Mayor of the Municipality of Pivka;
Franci Rokavec, Mayor of the Municipality of Litija;
Andreja Potočnik, deputy mayor of the Municipality of Tržič.
Blaž Milavec, Mayor of the Municipality of Sodražica;
Anton Kokalj, councillor of the Municipality of Vodice;
The organisation of the work of the Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions has five plenary sessions every year at which its general policies are established and opinions heard. Members of the Committee of the Regions are allocated to different expert committees, whose task it is to prepare the plenary sessions. They include:
- Commission for Territorial Cohesion (COTER);
- Commission for economic and social policy (ECOS);
- Commission for Sustainable Development (DEVE);
- Commission for Culture, education and research (EDUC);
- Commission for Constitutional Affairs, European Governance and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (CONST);
- Commission for External Relations and Decentralised Cooperation (RELEX).
In connection with concrete topics, the Committee gives its official opinion, which the council and the European Commission are not obliged to take into consideration. The European Parliament too can consult the Committee of the Regions. The committee’s main activity is cooperating in the process of accepting legislation. It provides opinions or resolutions of its own accord.