Women's representation has been considerably boosted and female councillors now comprise half of the new UK membership. The UK delegation consists of elected local councillors and they are given a four year mandate.
Established by the Maastricht Treaty, the CoR provides for the consultation of local and regional authorities within the European Union on issues affecting them giving formal recognition to the role of sub-national government in the EU decision-making process. The CoR's chief function is to comment on the European Commission's and European Council's proposals, communications and reports which impact on the work of local authorities.
The CoR is made up of 222 representatives of local and regional government from the 15 members sates. Unlike the European parliament which produces Opinions on all legislative proposals, the areas in which the CoR can issue an Opinion are set out. The commission, the council and the European parliament have the right to consult the CoR. They are obliged to consult the body on a number of areas including: education and youth, culture, public health, economic and social cohesion, trans-European transport.
This is the second mandate for the CoR, which first met in 1994.
Ken Bodfish, Chair of the LGA European and International Panel said:
'Local authorities are very important as a focus for community stability at a time of huge institutional, demographic and cultural changes in Europe. The CoR provides a link between those local communities and national and international structures of government.
We are delighted with Douglas Henderson's confirmation of the Local Government Association's nominees to the EU Committee of the Regions. It demonstrates a proper degree of trust to ensure a true partnership between local and central government.'
In his statement in parliament, Douglas Henderson said:
'In making these nominations, we have sought, in consultation with local government, to provide a delegation which is appropriately representative of all of the United Kingdom, which provides expertise, and which takes account of the current political balance within the United Kingdom local government.'
Committee of the Regions - UK Delegation
Cllr John Battye, Oldham MBC
Cllr Kenneth Bodfish, Brighton and Hove Unitary Council
Cllr Albert Bore, Birmingham City Council
Cllr The Lord Bowness of Warlingham CBE DL, Croydon LBC
Cllr Ruth Coleman, North Wiltshire DC
Cllr Sir Simon Day, Devon CC
Cllr Reg Empey OBE, Belfast City Council
Cllr George Gill CBE, Gateshead MBC
Cllr Dennis Haughey, Cookstown DC
Cllr Hugh Henry, Renfrewshire Council
Cllr Jane Hore, Suffolk CC
Cllr Ian Hudghton, Angus Council
Cllr Linda Matthews, Merthyr Tydfil CBC
Cllr Christine May, Fife Council
Cllr Peter Peacock, Highland Council
Cllr Sir Dennis Pettitt, Nottinghamshire CC
Cllr Sally Powell, Hammersmith and Fulham LBC
Cllr Brian M Smith, Torfaen CBC
Cllr The Lord Tope CBE, Sutton LBC
Cllr Dr James Walsh, West Sussex CC
Cllr Pam Warhurst, Calderdale MBC
Cllr Sir Ronald Watson CBE, Sefton MBC
Cllr Paul White DL, Essex CC
Cllr Milner Whiteman, Bridgnorth DC
Cllr Keith Billington, Rotherham MBC
Cllr Diane Bunyan, Bristol Unitary Council
Cllr Sue Davies, Wrekin DC
Cllr Margaret Eaton, Bradford City Council
Cllr John R P Evans, Caerphilly CBC
Cllr John Fee, Newry and Mourne
Cllr Toby Harris, Haringey LBC
Cllr Dr Ruth Henig JP, Lancashire CC
Cllr Marcus Humphrey CBE DL, Aberdeenshire Council
Cllr Suzie Kemp, Newbury Unitary Council
Cllr Gordon Keymer, Tandridge DC
Cllr David Martin, Sefton MBC
Cllr Sarah McCarthy-Fry, Portsmouth Unitary Council
Cllr Corrie McChord, Stirling Council
Cllr Dr Joan Mitchell, Dumfries and Galloway Council
Cllr Peter Moore, Sheffield City Council
Cllr Ms Irene Oldfather, North Ayrshire Council
Cllr George Savage, Craigavon
Cllr Ros Scott, Suffolk CC
Cllr Peter Soulsby, Leicester Unitary Council
Cllr Ian F C Swithenbank CBE, Northumberland CC
Cllr Elizabeth Tucker, Hereford Unitary Council
Cllr Keith Whitmore, Manchester City Council
Cllr Eurig Wyn, Gwynedd County