Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Discussion Group: Future Promise or Simply ‘Passé’? The Committee of the Regions and its Federated Members

Dr. Thomas Vandamme

22Nov2011 12:15 - 13:15


Dr. Thomas Vandamme

In recent years the Committee of the Regions has been somewhat neglected in academic literature. As a form of ‘institutionalized multilevel governance’ the Committee appears unique as it embodies local authorities of all sub-national levels of government in the EU, yet at the same time this is also traditionally regarded to be one of its major weaknesses. The idea to revisit this body is for one part triggered by perceived skepticism over its functioning and even its existence within the EU institutional framework. For another part the impact of the 2004 and 2007 enlargements and the newly acquired powers for the Committee under the Lisbon Treaty (in relation to subsidiarity review) also seem to call for a reassessment of this platform for the advancement of regional and local interests in the EU. To discuss the potential of the Committee, the special position of the federated states is chosen as the ‘prism’ for research. It is argued that their continuous interest in the Committee despite the availability of other channels of representation (more exclusive networks of interest representation or their respective Member State central governments) is a vital key to predict the future developments (or even the ‘institutional survival’) of the Committee.

During the Discussion Group meetings, upcoming publications by ACELG members are submitted for feedback and discussion.


Thomas Vandamme is Assistant Professor of EU Law at the University of Amsterdam and researcher with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance. His research interests include several topics of European institutional law such as the role of national parliaments in the process of adopting and implementing EU law, the interaction between national constitutional law and European law and the challenges and opportunities that the EU entails for the different federated states in the EU.

Venue and registration

Time and Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 13.15 - 14.15
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 1.07

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