EU Democracy and the Committee of the Regions
New Horizons in European Politics series
Chapter 4: Exerting control: impact assessment and subsidiarity monitoring
After having looked at the institutional conditions under which the Committee of the Regions (CoR) exercises its voice functions, and how they have been developed over the first 20 years of its existence, we will now examine in some more detail two specific activities of the Committee to show how they illustrate the particular contribution of the local and regional level to EU policy-making. These activities focus, in Urbinati’s terms, on the passive elements of judgment, that is, receiving and surveiling (control). The term passive in this context seems, however, somewhat misleading since the assessment of EU proposals or existing legislation from the point of view of local and regional does require a great deal of active involvement of the CoR and its members. In fact, it may be argued, these aspects of the Committee of the Region’s function may ultimately become as important as the active elements of judgment, proposing and activating. A further increase in the CoR’s activities linked to the passive expression of voice or exercising control may occur for two different independent, but interconnected reasons.
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