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The European People’s Party Group in the European Committee of the Regions

Representing your voice in Europe

Since its creation in 1994, the European People’s Party Group is a leading force in the European Committee of the Regions; the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives. Given that approximately two-thirds of EU legislation is implemented by local and regional authorities, it gives locally and regionally elected representatives of government a say over the content of EU legislation and represents the interests of citizens living and working in the EU’s diverse cities, regions and municipalities. Local and regional politicians are also ideally placed to establish and maintain close links with European citizens. The EPP Group aims to enhance the efficiency and influence of the CoR through its formal and informal contacts with the other EU institutions and governments.

Under the motto “think globally – act locally“, the EPP Group strongly defends the principle of subsidiarity. This means that decisions should always be taken at the level closest to citizens unless a better result can be achieved by working at the national or European level.

The EPP, to which the Group belongs, is the family of the political centre-right and is chaired by Joseph Daul. The party counts on the Groups in the European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions to defend and promote its values of democracy, transparency and efficiency by shaping common policies and putting citizens first.


Dr. Michael Schneider

EPP-CoR Group President


CoR mission statement


Europe starts in your village / city / region

The EPP grassroots engagement is an initiative launched by EPP local and regional leaders in view of the 2019 European elections to reconnect with people and restore their trust in the EU. It envisages a series of EPP local dialogues with citizens in all EU Member States. The aim of our initiative is to ensure that the expectations of people living in our cities and regions are reflected in the EPP programme for the 2019 EU Elections, in the priorities of the EPP Spitzenkandidat and in the next political mandate of the EU institutions.

Our activities and events

Exchanging experience and visiting sites of best practice

Latest Publications

Communicating the work of EPP Group members and highlighting political priorities

Plenary opinions

The official position of Europe’s local and regional authorities to the EU

Recently adopted opinions

October 2019

Better regulation: taking stock and sustaining our commitment

April 2019

Rail sector's potential in delivering EU policy priorities

April 2019

The renewed territorial agenda and community-led local development

January 2019

The African swine fever epidemic and its risks to rural development and the pork market in Europe

by CoR Rapporteur

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January 2019

Sustainable Europe by 2030, follow-up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change

January 2019

Implementing the Paris Agreement through innovative and sustainable energy transition at regional and local level

January 2019

Implementing the Clean Energy Package: National Energy and Climate Plans

December 2018

Recommendations for the successful design of regional development strategies beyond 2020

December 2018

Better communication for Cohesion Policy

by CoR Rapporteur
Adrian Ovidiu TEBAN

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December 2018

Implementation report on public procurement

December 2018

Socioeconomic structural change in Europe's coal regions

November 2018

Active and healthy ageing

by CoR Rapporteur

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November 2018


Opinions in progress

Implementation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): The regional and local perspective

Brain drain in the EU: addressing the challenge at all levels

Regional and local cooperation with Africa to counteract migration - Robert Zeman

Demographic change: proposals on measuring and tackling its negative effects in the EU regions

by CoR Rapporteur

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Towards sustainable neighbourhoods and small communities

EPP News

Latest news from the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions

We welcome the additional 7.5 bn 💶of Just Transition funding to support #energytransition in Europe’s #coalregionshttps://t.co/V3GUVSnsJl

We honor our former colleague & friend Pawel Adamowicz, who was murdered at a charity event 🇵🇱 #Gdansk 2019. Local… https://t.co/9RaMYImaIN

We wish you a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year #2020 ! 🎄 ❄️ #SeasonsGreetings https://t.co/51rIJXEFzq

RT @EU_CoR: Espoo's goal is to become carbon-neutral by 2030. ❓ The key to success? ⭐Involving key stakeholders in actions to reduce emis…

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