The CoR has been one of the main political promoters of Territorial Cooperation and of the EGTC. The Committee has a specific consultative role in the Territorial Cooperation (Article 306 of the Treaty) and can support effectively the EGTC on the basis of inter-institutional cooperation and a constructive and forward-looking approach.
The CoR has been very active in promoting and supporting the EGTC: it adopts political opinions, monitors the implementation of the EGTC legislation in Member States, informs about the EGTC and its evolution, organizes events, gives advice and support to existing EGTC in constitution, produces studies, and acts as a meeting point for politicians, officials, experts and civil society.
The Bureau coordinates the work of the CoR, outlines the political programme of the Committee and oversees its implementation. The Bureau decisions have shaped the strategy of the CoR regarding the EGTC since 2006.
- Work programme of EGTC Platform 2017. COTER commission, 30 November 2016.
- Bureau decision on 'The EGTC: Prospects for 2020. Action plan of the Committee of the Regions and political coordination of the EGTC Platform for 2012'. 137th meeting of the CoR Bureau, 2 May 2012.
R_CDR606-2012_PT8_NB - Bureau memo
- Bureau decision on the 'Constitution of the Platform of European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)'. 127th meeting of the CoR Bureau, 26 January 2011
R_CDR397-2010_PT6_NB - ITEM 6 EGTC PLATFORM - Bureau memo
- Bureau decision on 'Perspectives on territorial cooperation and the EGTC political strategy and supporting actions of the Committee of the Regions'. 97th meeting of the CoR Bureau, 5 December 2006.
R_CDR322-2006_PT7_NB - Bureau memo
When a new EGTC is set up, it is obliged to inform the CoR. Art. 5 of the Regulation 1082/2006 specifies that EGTC members are obliged to inform the Committee of the Regions of future conventions and the registration and/or publication of statutes. The CoR runs a European Registry for the EGTCs.
The EGTC affects mainly the competencies of local and regional authorities. For this reason, the CoR has adopted 2 own-initiative opinions on the EGTC and recently adopted a third related to the legislative proposal presented by the European Commission.
Rapporteur: Mr Michel DELEBARRE (FR/PES), Chairman of COTER, Senator Mayor of Dunkerque. Adopted during the plenary session of CoR the 15-16 February 2012.
Rapporteur: Mr Alberto NÚÑEZ FEIJÓO (ES/EPP) President of the Regional Government of Galicia. Adopted during the 89th plenary session of CoR the 27-28 January 2011.
Rapporteur: Ms Mercedes BRESSO (IT/PES), President of the Region of Piamonte. Adopted during the 75th plenary session of CoR the 18-19 June 2008.
As a meeting place for regions and cities, the CoR organises conferences, seminars and exhibitions in cooperation with local and regional partners and other EU institutions. Once a year, during the OPEN DAYS European Week of Regions and Cities, the CoR welcomes to its headquarters EGTCs and stakeholders who take part in lively discussions or seek partners to collaborate on joint projects. See the calendar of events.
The EGTC Platform integrates the political and technical representatives of all the existing EGTCs, EGTCs under construction and experts. Associations and other stakeholders are invited to participate. The Platform aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences on the ground, to promote the EGTC as a tool for territorial cohesion and give visibility to the EGTC projects, while supporting the consultative works of the CoR in cross-border issues.
Between 2007 and 2010, an Expert Group of the Committee of the Regions composed of 40 experts from all the Member States as well as Third countries monitored the implementation of EGTC by the Member States, shared their knowledge and advised on the establishment of EGTCs, and contributed to highlighting the potential of the EGTC as a tool for territorial cooperation, its opportunities and challenges. The members of the Expert Group are currently integrated in the EGTC Platform.
Since 2006, the CoR has undertaken the task of Information and promotion of the EGTC scheme, through political mobilisation, dissemination of information, research findings and communication actions. With this purpose, the CoR launched a consultation on EGTC, publishes regular studies including one annual EGTC Report, edits brochures and informative material, runs a thematic EGTC portal and is available for the publicatio of studies, monographs, articles, theses, academic papers and audiovisuals. These resources are available online and can be useful for EGTCs on the ground, for public administrations and for researchers.