The European Committee of the Regions will propose the return of a seat for the Republic of Cyprus

The European Committee of the Regions will propose the return of a seat for the Republic of Cyprus.

A Municipalities Union press release said that the head of the Cyprus delegation at the Committee of the Regions, Eleni Loucaidou, in coordination with the Cyprus Representation at the EU and the Foreign Ministry, in a letter earlier this year to the chairman of the committee, Karl Heinz Lambertz, said that the Commission should return the seat that Cyprus lost in 2015. Cyprus gave up its seat to Croatia but now, with the UK leaving the EU, 24 seats will become available. Luxembourg and Estonia also lost seats.

On 28th November, the Commission submitted two proposals for the amendment of the composition of the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. Both committees currently have 350 seats and new elections will be held in January 25, 2020 and September respectively. For this reason, the Council should decide on the composition of the two committees as the UK’s withdrawal will result with 24 vacant seats.

The commission proposed that Cyprus, Estonia and Luxembourg be given a seat each at each Committee.

The remaining seats should remain vacant to be filled during future enlargement.

The final position remains with the EU Council and will require unanimity to be approved.

Source: Cyprus News Agency