The opinion, from Pauliina Haijanen of Finland, was presented on Thursday to CoR's Commission 5, which is responsible for land use planning, environment and energy.
It argues that the condition of the environment and the natural resources in many of Europe's coastal regions is deteriorating, and blames lack of effective co-ordination on the European level.
The European Commission's Communication on the subject, upon which the CoR draft opinion is based, provides for the implementation of a demonstration programme to test co-operation models for the integrated management of coastal zones. As this programme progresses, it is to provide a basis for debate on the overall development of the coastal zones at Union and other levels.
However, Ms Haijanen, who comes from a coastal region in Finland, stresses the responsibility of regional and local authorities for the practical management of these regions. Community action should recognise the diversity of coastal regions and according to the subsidiarity principle, be bases on a bottom-up approach.