Further to the Council Decision of 30 August 1994, Mr. Dietrich Pause has been appointed Secretary-General of the Committee of the Regions for a period of five years from 30 August 1994. The Committee of the Regions, established by the Treaty on European Union, consists of representatives of regional and local bodies. The Committee must give its opinion on all legislative proposals which are likely to have an impact on the regions. The Secretary-General will implement decisions taken by the bureau of the President under the Committee's Rules of Procedure. He will draw up the preliminary draft estimates of the Committee's revenue and expenditure and will implement the Committee's budget.