European integration is a constant work in progress. In addition to its traditional core mission as the EU's assembly of regional and local representatives, the Committee of the Regions wants to encourage a wide-ranging debate on the future of Europe beyond the Brussels institutions.
The Committee of the Regions has a vision of a European Union working in partnership: a Union fostering a culture of multilevel governance.
In today's age of globalisation, the Committee of the Regions believes there is a need for a better understanding of the role and place of regional and local authorities in priority areas such as:
- the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty
- the review of the EU's financial framework
- overarching strategies such as Europe 2020
- the reform of structural policies
- the future of territorial cohesion
- demographic change
- energy and climate change