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 10 priorities set out for 2015-2019 by the Juncker Commission which include high-level objectives such as:

  • stimulating investment and creating jobs
  • making energy more secure, affordable and sustainable
  • bringing down barriers to unlock online opportunities in the Digital Single Market.

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 Europe 2020 strategy 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.

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Irish CoR Members actively participating in today's CoR- UK Contact Group talking about the implications of the recently agreed Withdrawal Agreement. @EU_CoR @EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly @cllrmmurphytipp @unapower @cllrkmac

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European Commission published its proposal for the Brexit Adjustment Reserve 🇪🇺🇬🇧during Christmas - here's a breakdown of what can be expected:
https://www.ireo.eu/european-commission-proposes-brexit-adjustment-reserve/

Engaging discussions on #EUCitizenEngagement for an inclusive & transparent EU. Cllr. Declan McDonnell urged that the Conference on the Future of Europe be a “public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent debate with citizens” with continuous feedback to citizens

What an active @EU_CoR plenary session! In debate with Comm @jwojc and @EUAgri, rapporteur Enda Stenson @endastenson highlighting the importance of an inclusive rural policy and a true revival of EU rural areas to make them an attractive place to live, work and raise a family.

The ultimate objective: a balanced and fair trade agreement after #Brexit, stated our member Kieran McCarthy @cllrkmac at #CoRplenary today📜

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Uncertainty is the last thing we need now in the aftermath of #Brexit says our member Michael Murphy @cllrmmurphytipp at #CoRplenary👇

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#Climate “Cities role is decisive to achieve emissions reduction says @cllrkmac #Cork welcoming rapporteur @gryffroy suggestions to link #EUGreenDeal and digital initiatives with @EUUrbanAgenda #CoRPlenary @EU2020DE

"Without regions and cities...the Green Deal policies will not succeed" @CoR_President . The @EU_CoR debating how to step up climate ambition during the COVID-19 pandemic. #covid19 #EUGreenDeal

Continuing our virtual tour of the Midlands...delighted to be online with Offaly County Council this afternoon to talk EU funding and EU policy. Great engagement and lots of potential. @IrishRegions_EU @EMRAssembly @offalycoco @EUinmyRegion

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