In accordance with this Decision of 18 October 1996, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions adopt, by common accord, regulations relating to the exercise, within the Common Organisational Structure (COS), of the powers devolved by the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities to the Appointing Authority (AA) .
Cooperation agreement between the Economic and Social Committee (ESC) and the Committee of the Regions (COR), approved by the ESC Bureau on 27 April 1999 and by the COR Bureau on 6 May 1999. The agreement is applicable from the entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty and replaces the Protocol on the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, repealed by the said treaty.
On 10 March 1994, the Spanish daily newspaper El País comments on the successful candidacy of the Frenchman Jacques Blanc as President of the Committee of the Regions and on the agreement reached among European political groups, resulting in the Spaniard Pasqual Maragall, as ‘candidate for the municipalities’, succeeding the ‘candidate for the regions’ after two years as President.
On 9 March 1994, at the inaugural session of the Committee of the Regions, the Members of the Committee elect their Chairman and First Vice-Chairman. On an initiative by Pasqual Maragall, Mayor of Barcelona, the candidates decide that, for the first two-year period of the first four-year term of office, one representative of the regions will hold the Chairmanship and one representative of the local authorities will hold the Vice-Chairmanship, and that these roles will be rotated for the second two-year period. Accordingly, Jacques Blanc, President of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, is elected Chairman of the Committee of the Regions and Pasqual Maragall is elected First Vice-Chairman. The following day, Jacques Blanc (Chairman of the Committee of the Regions), Jordi Pujol (President of the AER), Pasqual Maragall (President of the CEMR), Wilfried Martens (President of the PPE) and Willy Claes (President of the PES) sign an agreement on this policy of alternation.