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.



The call for the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award 2024 has now been launched!!

If you would like to find out more the European Committee of the Regions is organising an online EER 2024 info day on the 3rd of February.

To register for the event click the link below 👇🏻

🚨 The European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award 2023 is now open 🚨

The award recognises best practices that promote diversity as a source of richness and innovation and contribute to inclusive policies and foster a feeling of belonging.

Further info below 👇🏻

Check out the URBACT info day taking place on Tuesday, January 31st!

Register below 👇🏻

Association of Irish Regions is holding its 1st seminar & training event 7-9 Feb 2023. Come explore #RegionalPolicyMaking, #EconomicDevelopment and #SpatialDevelopment
Register here ➡️
@EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl

The IREO this morning had the privilege of hosting a delegation from Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil).

Head of the Irish Regions office Teresa Lennon (@Lennont) provided an engaging presentation on the on-going work of the IREO office and European opportunities for DCC.

#CoRplenary adopted unanimously the opinion on small #urban areas as key actors to manage a #JustTransition
Congratulations to our rapporteur and 1st Vicepresident @cllrkmac #Cork !

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy opens his opinion with cúpla focal!

Head of Delegation Cllr. Michael Murphy (@cllrmmurphytipp) chairs the debate on enhancing cohesion policy support for regions with geographic and demographic handicaps.

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy (@cllrkmac) in a contribution to the debate notes that this is just the beginning for European Youth and the work starts now.

👶🏻 Day 2 starts with the closing debate on the European year of youth and endorsement of the ‘charter for youth and democracy’ 👶🏻

Irish delegation member Cllr.Kieran McCarthy (@cllrkmac) has worked on the charter at each stage. The charter will be formally adopted this morning.

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