In January 2015 and January 2020, Kieran was appointed by the Minister for the Environment and Local Government to be an Irish member on the European Committee of the Regions (CoR, a formal EU opinion body of local authorities and regional assemblies to the European Commission and Parliament.
He holds membership of the CoR’s Commission (sub-commitee) for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) and has personal interests in the new Skills Agenda, informal and formal education, lifelong learning, the Digital Single Market, smart specialisation, science and innovation in regions and cities, cities and regions of the future, youth and sport, socio-cultural effects of IoT.
Kieran also sits on the CoR’s COTER Commission (Cohesion Policy and Territorial Development) with interests in the role and voice of small cities within the EU and the EU Urban Agenda. He is Rapporteur on the opinion documents, Digitising European Industry, Building a European Data Economy and the Implementation Assessment of the EU Urban Agenda.
Kieran is CoR Rapporteur on the opinion documents, Digitising European Industry, Building a European Data Economy, and the EU Urban Agenda respectively. Since January 2020 he is President of the European Alliance political grouping at the European Committee of the Regions, https://web.cor.europa.eu/ea/AbouttheGroup/Pages/President.aspx
Debate on the European Commissions Work Programme 2021 and the first EU Strategic Foresight with Maroš Šefčovič, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations, 10 December 2020
Cllr Kieran McCarthy on Brexit: “we must not penalise young people in the EU and UK”, debate with Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, 9 December 2020
Cllr Kieran McCarthy – European Territorial Co-operation Network Webinar, 1 December 2020
McCarthy to Merkel: “we need a fair deal between the EU and UK, time is of the essence”, intervention during debate on German Presidency priorities with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, 13 October 2020.
Cllr Kieran McCarthy: “Regions and cities must be at the heart of the delivery of EU’s ambitious targets intervention”, debate on the first Annual Local and Regional Barometer with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, 12 October 2020
Kieran McCarthy on smaller municipalities, cities, and communes importance in the environment debate, Discussion on the opinion ‘Towards sustainable neighborhoods and small communities – Environment policy below municipal level’ , 12 February 2020.
Leag Kieran McCarthy béim ar thábhacht na héagsúlachta cultúir agus teanga do réigiúin na hEorpa, Discussion on the opinion ‘Culture in a Union that strives for more: the role of regions and cities’, 13 February 2020.
Cllr Kieran McCarthy, “Together we are Europe”, 5 May 2020
Kieran McCarthy’s speech during the debate on jobs with Commissioner Schmit, Debate with Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner-designate for Jobs and Social Rights, 4 February 2020
Kieran McCarthy warns against budget cuts to programmes with high European added value, Debate on developments in the interinstitutional negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework with Mr Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, 8 October 2019.
McCarthy: This time I’m voting, 15 May 2019
Kieran McCarthy (IE/EA), member of the European Committee of the Regions and rapporteur for the opinion “Implementation Assessment of the Urban Agenda for the EU”, 4 July 2018.
Cllr Kieran McCarthy on European Year of Cultural Heritage, 16 May 2018
Cllr Kieran McCarthy on the importance of cultural heritage and 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 5 February 2018