The European Union adopts legislation in a number of areas that have a direct impact on Member States and on local and regional authorities.

These cover policy fields where, depending on the treaties, it either has sole competency to act on behalf of its Member States (trade, customs union…), shares competence with the Member States in ‘’common’’ policies (agriculture and fisheries, environment, transport, research and innovation, economic and territorial cohesion…) or has a lesser, coordination and support role (culture, education, training, tourism…).

It is therefore essential to closely monitor the EU decision-making process to help Irish local and regional authorities to anticipate, adapt and influence the decisions that will be taken.

European policies are not adopted in a void but in the framework of overarching priorities and strategies. Currently EU policies are informed by the 6 priorities set out by the von der Leyen Commission and include:

  • A European Green Deal
  • A Europe fit for the Digital Age
  • An Economy that Works for the People
  • A Stronger Europe in the World
  • Promoting our European way of Life
  • A New Push for European Democracy

Updated guidelines are set out every September in the European Commission’s President’s ‘State of the Union’ address. All policies of relevance at regional and local level are also aimed at achieving the goals set in the EU Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024 which is the EU’s current agenda for achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. The strategy’s aims are underpinned by a series of performance targets for each Member State in employment; research and innovation; climate/energy; education; and social inclusion/poverty reduction.

These are, in turn, monitored by the Commission via the annual ‘European Semester’ process of enhanced economic and fiscal policy coordination and commitments by the Member States to implementing tailored reform measures at national and even regional level.

Click here to find out more about the EU Decision Making Process and the European Budget.



REMINDER: Registrations are open for our second #CommunicatingEurope initiative! More details available on our website:
@EMRAssembly @karencolemanIRL @The_Wheel_IRL @emireland

Our second event as part of the #CommunicatingEurope is open for registrations! IREO and @EMRAssembly are hosting a seminar on #cohesion funding and the Conference on the #FutureofEurope. More details below with full agenda to follow:

Thanks to @ColmMarkey for closing today's event with an excellent contribution on citizen engagement in EU policy. @Future4Europe @EU_CoR @NWAssembly

How does citizen engagement inform and influence EU policy making. That was the subject of our panel discussion today. With thanks to @emmamurtagh17 @MacManusChris @jimmymcclearn @endastenson for their insights. @EU_CoR @Future4Europe @NWAssembly

How local authorities in Ireland can engage in the Conference on the Future of Europe. @Future4Europe Thanks to European Movement Ireland @emireland for the really important insights and tools. #CommunicatingEurope @NWAssembly

Fantastic to have European Movement Ireland as a partner in our Communicating Europe events. The Conference on the Future of Europe is a key tool for citizen engagement. @emireland @NWAssembly @EU_CoR

Donegal County Council @maryfowleydaly @donegalcouncil and Mayo County Council @MayoCoCo present how outstanding NPA, AA and NWE projects have contributed to strength and resilience in the North West @NPA2014_2020 @AtlanticArea @INTERREG_NWE #CommunicatingEurope


We are delighted to kick off our Communicating Europe series of events, with the first one (virtually) in the Northern and Western region of Ireland. Excellent presentations and interventions from County Councils, CoR Members and MEPs. @NWAssembly #CommunicatingEurope @EU_CoR

Only three more days to go! Places are filling up fast - if you want to learn more about EU Cohesion funding in Ireland, register using the link below:

Our very own @emmamurtagh17 will be representing The Wheel and @EuropeAccess at this event on 8 October!

Register now for this special event brought to you by @IrishRegions_EU and @NWAssembly, and funded by the @dfatirl #CommunicatingEurope Initiative.

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