Second Thoughts on Europe's “Third Level”: The European Union's Committee of the Regions

  title={Second Thoughts on Europe's “Third Level”: The European Union's Committee of the Regions},
  author={Thomas Christiansen},
  journal={Publius-the Journal of Federalism},
  • T. Christiansen
  • Published 1996
  • Political Science
  • Publius-the Journal of Federalism
The Maastricht Treaty provided for a consultative Committee of the Regions to bring the European Union's "third level" into the deliberation of legislation. It began to operate in early 1994. This article assesses its creation and recent activity against the expectations and demands that were expressed at the outset, looking in turn at the representative, advisory, and symbolic functions the new body can perform. What emerges is a largely symbolic body that suffers from entrenched internal… 
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