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Baltic Journal of European Studies

Tallinn Law School, Department of Law, School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology

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The Committee of the Regions: A Springboard for the Citizens

Javier Mendoza Jiménez
Published Online: 2013-10-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bjes-2013-0012

Abstract

This study focuses on the relation between the Committee of the Regions (CoR), an advisory institution of the European Union defined as the political assembly of holders of a regional or local electoral mandate serving the cause of European integration, and the democratic deficit, understood as the effective ways of citizens’ participation in the institutional decision making. The work hypothesis is that the CoR, in spite of being mostly unknown to citizens, could be an effective tool for tackling the democratic deficit. Through qualitative interviews and surveys at different levels, the article analyzes the current situation and the potential opportunities of the CoR in its relation with citizens.

Keywords : citizens’ participation; the Committee of the Regions; democratic deficit; European Citizens Initiative

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About the article

Javier Mendoza Jiménez

Javier Mendoza Jiménez is Associate Researcher at the University of Latvia. He has recently completed the master’s degree in European studies there and for the last two years has been awarded with a scholarship at the University of La Laguna (Spain). His fields of research include international students, tourism, alternative education systems (with several articles published in the field) and, more recently, European studies.


Published Online: 2013-10-23

Published in Print: 2013-10-01


Citation Information: Baltic Journal of European Studies, ISSN (Print) 2228-0596, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bjes-2013-0012.

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