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(p. 378) 16. Social and regional interests: The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions 

(p. 378) 16. Social and regional interests: The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
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(p. 378) 16. Social and regional interests: The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
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Carolyn Rowe

and Charlie Jeffery

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198737414.003.0016
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date: 06 August 2020

This chapter examines the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR), and more specifically how they provide a focal point for organized social and regional interests. It first provides a historical background on the EESC and the CoR before discussing their functions and operations. It then considers how the development of both bodies reflects the ways in which interest mediation in the European Union has expanded, pushing these formal vehicles of social and regional interest representations to the fringes of policy networks. The chapter also explores how the EESC and the CoR contribute to European politics and concludes by assessing their added value in an open policy process with a burgeoning private lobbying sector and new groups of collective interests emerging all of the time.

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