EU Advisory Committees

Welsh Assembly Government

EU Advisory Committees

Committee of the Regions: The role of the Committee of the Regions is advisory. It has 344 members representative of each Member State’s regional and local government and an equal number of alternates.

The Commission and Council are required to consult the Committee of the Regions when drawing up proposals for European legislation that may concern local and regional government.

The members of the Committee fulfil a twofold function on behalf of the EU’s citizens: firstly by defending their immediate interests in the Community policy making process and secondly, by keeping them posted on all EU activities.

The Welsh members of the Committee of the Regions for 2006-2010 (and their alternates) and their contact details are as follows:

Member

Councillor W J Williams (Independent)
Isle of Anglesey County Council
County Office
Llangefni
Anglesey
LL77 7TW
Tel: 01248 752137
Fax: 01248 752121
Email: wjwau@anglesey.gov.uk

Member

Councillor Robert Bright (Labour)
Newport City Council
Civic Centre
Newport
NP20 4UR
Tel: 01633 656656
Fax: 01633 232170
Email: robert.bright@newport.gov.uk

European Economic and Social Committee

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a non-political advisory body with 344 members made up of representatives from trade unions, business and civil society.  It must be consulted on proposals from the Commission before they can go forward to the Council of Ministers.  The First Minister nominates two members from Wales as part of the UK delegation.  The current Welsh members and their contact details are as follows:

Dr Rose D’Sa
64 Blossom Close
Langstone
Newport
NP18 2LT
Tel: 01633 413291
Fax: 01633 413291
Email: rose@d-sa.freeserve.co.uk

Mr Brian Curtis
22 Hawthorn Road
Barry
CF26 6LE
Tel: 01446 749272
Fax: 01446 749272
Email: b.curtis@rmt.org.uk

Mr Tom Jones
Plas Coch-Dolawg
Nr Welshpool
Powys
SY21 OLA
Tel: 01938 810553
Fax: 01938 810005
Email: thjones@btconnect.com

European Presidency

This is in effect the chairmanship of the European Union.  The Presidency rotates every six months among the Member States.  The Presidency chairs most Working Groups, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (composed of the Member States’ ambassadors to the EU) and meetings of the Council of Ministers.

The Presidency plays a key role in setting the Union’s agenda and working towards an agreement.

The UK last held the Presidency in 2005.  Germany held the Presidency in the first half of 2007 and Portugal took over in July 2007.  Slovenia and France will share the honours in 2008.

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