Waterford Councillor to represent Ireland in Europe on EU Committee of the Regions

img_0045Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness will represent Ireland on the EU body tasked with giving local government a voice at European level. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is comprised of 350 councillors from across Europe and is oneof the democratic institutions of the the European Union. It plays a part in the formulation of European laws and policies alongside the Parliament. As a member of the CoR McGuinness will also participate in the work of the Southern Regional Assembly, which covers Munster and the South East. 

McGuinness said:

“Europe is at a cross roads and Ireland will be uniquely affected by decisions taken in Brussels, Strasbourg and Frankfurt. Its vital that there are strong, radical voices standing up for Irish interests, especially given the context of Brexit, climate change, a strident privatisation agenda, and a race to the bottom when it comes to workers’ pay and conditions. 

“I will use my position on this body to advocate for sensible and sustainable policies that work for Ireland, primarily in the realms of climate action and environmental protection, worker’s rights, economic development, fisheries, transport, agriculture and rural development.”

The CoR meets six times a year in Brussels and members are not paid.