“Balance Head of the Spanish Delegation in the Committee of the Regions. Extremadura 2010-2013” :


The Spanish Delegation in the Committee of the Regions  has been headed up by Extremadura region, member of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), from 2010 to 2013, in a crucial period for the future of the EU. In this period, important proposals such as the EU budget, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund and the Trans-European Transport Networks have been shaped.

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, met the Spanish Delegation in October 2011 to review the European agenda when the European Commission was launching the proposals for the Regulations of the new programming period 2014-2020. The event was hosted by the President of Extremadura region, José Antonio Monago, and the Presidents of Canarias, Paulino Rivero; País Vasco, Patxi López; Navarra, Yolanda Barcina; Andalucía, José Antonio Griñán; Baleares, José Ramón Bauzá; Murcia, Ramón Luis Valcárcel; Aragón, Luisa Fernanda Rudi and Comunidad Valenciana, Alberto Fabra, also participated in the meeting.

Later, during the plenary session of July 2012, and in a difficult time for the EU, the Head of the Spanish Delegation defended the idea of a United States of Europe, asking for flexibility, commitment and mutual support from the rest of EU partners. “In this times of difficulty, Europe is facing the greatest economic challenge and the Spanish regions are part of the solution not the problem”, he stressed.

In November 2012, the President of the Committee of the Regions and member of the Spanish Delegation, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, organized a meeting with the 27 Heads of National Delegations. Only days before, EU Council failed to agree the EU budget 2014-2020. Extremadura defended  in that moment the importance of the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy for the Spanish regions and municipalities and a balance between austerity and growth policies.

Already in January 2013 the ad hoc Commission on the revision of the rules of procedure of the Committee of the Regions met for the first time with the aim of adapting its rules to the new circumstances and new members (due to the accession of Croatia on 1st July 2013). The Spanish Delegation considered that it was necessary to be present in this debate, that´s why President Monago decided to be a member of the Commission since the very beginning, proposing alternatives and setting positions aiming to improve the internal functioning of the Committee of the Regions.

Click here to download the report "Delegación Española en el Comité de las Regiones - Un balance desde Extremadura · 2010-2013".  

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