The gathering takes place at the invitation of Tony McKenna, leader of the Irish delegation and CoR vice president. Regional affairs commissioner Monika Wulf-Mathies will take part in the proceedings, which take place under the spotlight of the ongoing IGC negotiations.
CoR president Pasqual Maragall will take advantage of the assembly's visit to Dublin to present the Irish presidency of the European Council with a joint European parliament/CoR declaration on the current revision of the European treaty.
The declaration calls for a number of changes to the treaty with the aim of bringing Europe closer to its citizens by giving global and regional government a greater say in the decision making process. A first draft proposal of the new treaty is expected to be presented for discussion at the EU Dublin summit planned for 13-14 December.
In Dublin, the CoR will be lending its active support to European commission president Jacques Santer's initiative on territorial pacts for employment, which aim to achieve an integrated solution to the problems of unemployment by focusing financial assistance on job creating schemes. At Mr Santer's request the CoR will put forward proposals for the selection criteria of eligible regions and cities.