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Cohesion policy — dialogue with regional and local authorities



Communication (COM(2003) 811 final) — dialogue with associations of regional and local authorities on the formulation of EU policy


  • It seeks to formalise a systematic dialogue* between the European Commission and the local and regional authorities in the preparation of new EU policies.
  • This dialogue underpins the importance and status of local and regional authorities in the EU.


This communication:

Subsequent developments

  • In 2012, the CoR and the European Commission, signed a renewed cooperation agreement (protocol) that promoted a territorial dialogue through the Committee of the Regions with local and regional authorities as a way of further involving them in the EU policy-making process.
  • The protocol recognises the benefit of CoR platforms and networks as an access point to local and regional authorities. They permit the Commission to broaden its analysis of local and regional aspects in impact assessments where necessary.
  • In 2015, the Commission published its agenda for better regulation*. This underpins its approach to open, transparent and better consultation on new and existing legislation through expert groups, the REFIT platform* and the regulatory scrutiny board that oversees impact assessments. The CoR is now represented in the REFIT platform.



Systematic dialogue: a process to ensure that local and regional authority input can be secured throughout the policy development process.

Better regulation: ensuring that measures are evidence-based, well-designed and deliver tangible and sustainable benefits for citizens, business and society.

REFIT platform: a Commission initiative to make EU law simpler and reduce regulatory costs, resulting in a clear, stable and predictable set of rules supporting growth and jobs.


Communication from the Commission — Dialogue with associations of regional and local authorities on the formulation of European Union policy (COM(2003) 811 final, 19.12.2003)


Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 240/2014 of 7 January 2014 on the European code of conduct on partnership in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds (OJ L 74, 14.3.2014, pp. 1-7)

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — Better regulation for better results — An EU agenda (COM(2015) 215 final, 19.5.2015)

last update 25.10.2016