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.

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And that’s a wrap!! A packed two days for the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly members (@EMRAssembly). Heading home after lots of engagement with European stakeholders.

Members now meeting Jackie King from IBEC (@IbecGlobal) followed by Grainne Ryan from Enterprise Ireland.

Thanks @IrishRegions_EU for organising a great discussion with Irish councillors yesterday in the heart of Europe 🇪🇺 🇮🇪

We discussed a range of issues around the EU's role in supporting local authorities 🤝

Members now meeting Sandra Cavallo from the European Commission. Sandra is briefing members in Building Europe with Local Councillors Network.

Members of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (@EMRAssembly) begin day two of their study visit to Brussels with a briefing from Ciaran Delargy, first secretary at the Irish Permanent Representation, responsible for Brexit.

Members meet MEP Colm Markey (@ColmMarkey) to discuss agricultural policy and the EU’s influence on the Irish agricultural economy.

Members meet MEP Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyMEP) discussing his work in the Parliament and Fit for 55.

Members now meeting MEP Ciaran Cuffe (@CiaranCuffe) learning about his work on the transport committee and the buildings energy directive.

Good discussion with 🇮🇪 councillors from the Eastern & Midlands Regional Authority who are visiting the EP.

Good discussion about how the 🇪🇺 institutions can support local authorities.

Thanks to @IrishRegions_EU for organising.

@RenewEurope @fiannafailparty @RenewEuropeCoR

Members now meeting MEP Billy Kelleher (@BillyKelleherEU) for an update on his work and it’s impact on Ireland.

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