According to Article 13(4) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission shall be assisted by an Economic and Social Committee and a Committee of the Regions acting in an advisory capacity (OJEU 9.5.2008 C 115/22).
More detailed provisions on the Committee of the Regions are found in Article 300 and Articles 305 to 307 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (OJEU pages 177-179).
Promptly after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) has adopted new Rules of Procedure, which are of interest to the members and to those who deal with the CoR. The 79 Articles of the Rules of Procedure detail the work of the CoR even further.
Based on Article 306 TFEU, the CoR Rules of Procedure have now been officially published:
COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS RULES OF PROCEDURE; adopted 3 December 2009; published OJEU 9.1.2010 L 6/14.
P.S. Suitably at the beginning of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union, we highlight La Oreja de Europa, written by Macarena Rodríguez, a journalist based in Brussels. The name of the blog “The Ear of Europe” is possibly meant to evoke Brussels as her listening post for the benefit of readers in Spain, a country with powerful autonomous regions. The prize-winning La Oreja de Europa is listed among the now more than 500 great euroblogs on multilingual Bloggingportal.eu, a useful one-stop-shop for fact, opinion and gossip on European affairs, i.a. politics, policies, economics, finance and law.