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.


Our last #CommunicatingEurope event in the @SouthernAssembl is open for registration! We have all the registration details on our website:

And that's a wrap. @EMRA #CommunicatingEurope event has concluded with closing comments on the need for the EU to fully engage with citizens at all levels across society. Thanks to Cllr Aoife Breslin for closing remarks. @KildareCoCo @EU_CoR @PES_CoR @Future4Europe

Great information from @emireland on how local authorities in Ireland can participate in @Future4Europe and an excellent contribution from @CiaranCuffe on the challenges of #CommunicatingEurope @EU_CoR @EMRAssembly


With many thanks to @DCCCultureCo for an excellent presentation on helping local communities to access culture! #CommunicatingEurope @Future4Europe @EU_CoR

And it’s now @DCCCultureCo turn to present the @AccessCulture project to illustrate how EU programmes can help local communities ensure access to culture for all @IrishRegions_EU @URBACT_IE

Thanks to @DublinLord and @BarryAndrewsMEP for opening comments and remarks at the @EMRAssembly #CommunicatingEurope event 'A Duologue for Strength and Resilience'. @Future4Europe @EU_CoR @DubCityCouncil


Thanks to @louthcoco for showcasing the @interregeurope project on healthy ageing.

And we're off...our second #CommunicatingEurope event is now on. @EMRAssembly @EU_CoR @Future4Europe

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