Beyond mere ‘consultation’: Expanding the European Committee of the Regions’ role

Justus Schönlau

Abstract


The Committee of the Regions is commonly seen as a ‘minor’ part of the EU’s policy-making system, but its institutional development and action offer interesting examples of the strategies used to actively expand the body’s role. By tracing how the CoR is developing its institutional capacity, pushing the boundaries of its consultative mandate and deploying activities beyond its formal role, the article illustrates the institutional activism which characterizes much of the development of the EU institutional structure.


Keywords


Committee of the Regions; Institutional Activism; Multilevel Governance; EU institutions; Covenant of Mayors

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