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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Applications for REGIOSTARS Awards are still open. This year's topics are #smart #sustainable and #inclusive growth, #urban development and modernising health services. Best of luck to all applying! @EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly @EUinmyRegion

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Cllr Eamon Dooley presenting his opinion on the European Research Area at #SEDEC @EU_CoR commission meeting earlier this afternoon. @offalycoco @EMRAssembly

After a great outcome for Irish local authorities of the first #WiFi4EU call, there is a chance for those that missed out! Second call launches on April 4th and will only be open for one day. More information available on the EC website @EMRAssembly @NWAssembly @SouthernAssembl

Guess what? 😀
#ERNACT network secures another €1.5 million for REGIONS 4.0 project! Read more about 'Regional policies adopting Industry 4.0 for their #DigitalTransformation': @interregeurope, we are on cloud 9!

Congrats @CIT_ie on approval by @interregeurope for FOUNDATION (Building Regional Resilience to Industrial Structural Change) project on economic ecosystems' proactive prep for and managed responses to deal with wider impacts of major job closures.
Building on @ecoris3project.

Congratulations to two Irish lead partners whose projects were conditionally approved by Interreg Europe Monitoring Committee!

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