The Policy Committee is composed of over 170 local and regional elected representatives, nominated by national associations and national sections, as well as members of CEMR, for a three-year term. Its composition is based on national representation, ranging from two places for states of less than 100,000 inhabitants, to eight places for states with a population of more than 75 million. In order to ensure balanced representation of both genders, national delegations must respect a minimum proportion of 40 % of each gender.
The Policy Committee decides on the main policy lines. It approves, among others, the budget, the annual work programme and the admission of new members. This event takes place every four years and is the largest gathering of European cities, municipalities and regions.