Subsidiarity monitoring at the CoR
Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, on 1st December 2009, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) is vested with more responsibilities regarding subsidiarity. It now has the right to bring an action before the EU Court of Justice on the grounds of infringement of the subsidiarity principle.
The subsidiarity principle, as laid down in the Treaty on European Union (Article 5(3)), now explicitly contains local and regional dimensions and thus underlines the necessity to respect competences of local and regional authorities within the EU.
The SMN has a political coordinator, drawn from the members of the CoR, who gives impetus to the Platform's agenda and reports back on its work to the Bureau and other institutions. The SMN Coordinator, currently Michael Schneider (DE/EPP), also chairs the CoR Subsidiarity Steering Group, which includes CoR members from each of the political groups - Jean-François Istasse (BE/PES), Graham Tope (UK/ALDE) and Marc Hendrickx (BE/EA).
The Subsidiarity Monitoring Network enables the CoR to take up the challenge!