A proposal that the Committee of the Regions should be split into two chambers - one for local and one for regional...
A proposal that the Committee of the Regions should be split into two chambers - one for local and one for regional authorities - has been rejected by the CoR members.
The proposal from the EU Commission was rejected by most member countries' representatives at the meeting 13-14 March, including UK member Peter Bowness.
The rapporteur had proposed five changes for the CoR; its institutional position, its composition, its structure, its organisation and its budgetary independence.
He proposed that members should be appointed by the authorities themselves and should have an elected mandate. The powers of the CoR should be extended by increasing the requirement for compulsory consultation with the committee.