Who can join?

Any European Region which, because of its geographical, economic or political situation, considers itself to be a part of the shoreline or periphery of Europe, and which is considered as such by the members of the organisation, may become a member of the CPMR.

Regions are defined as the organised territorial authorities representing the first sub-state level under their national Government.

Benefits of membership The CPMR offers its members:

Experience: Long-standing (more than 40 years) and consistent presence with highly professional and articulated positions on key policy concerns of its members.

Lobbying: Think tank and lobbying organisation standing by the principles of multi-level governance and regional democracy; the CPMR is the Interlocutor of the EU Institutions through EP Intergroups, and EC Expert Groups on the fundamental policy issues for its membership.

Networking: High-level events and bilateral meetings with Commissioners, Ministers and other regional Presidents.

Membership procedure

Regions wishing to join the organisation send an official letter signed by their political representative requesting membership to the CPMR Secretariat.

[ Download template application letter ]

Membership applications are considered and approved by the CPMR’s Political Bureau which meets twice a year.

Endorsement of a Region’s application takes place during the CPMR’s annual General Assembly in the autumn where a Region is formally accepted into membership. Members pay an annual membership fee to the CPMR calculated on the basis of regional population and GDP in addition to an annual contribution to the Geographical Commission(s) to which they belong.

Membership fees are fixed every year by the Conference and its Geographical Commissions at their annual General Assembly meetings.

For more information on membership, please apply to the General Secretariat using this contact form:

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