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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"#CohesionPolicy must fulfill its role in supporting research infrastructure in all EU regions" says @EamonDooley, emphasizing importance of creating European networks of regional innovation ecosystems & hubs. http://bit.ly/2YNUfIV & http://bit.ly/35jIVrF. #CoRPlenary

Great launch of #Galway2020 in #Brussels tonight during #EUregionsweek #EUCO

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📢#CoRplenary starts together with 1st day of #EURegionsWeek & 600+ local politicians in Brussels! To discuss:
#CohesionPolicy with @younousomarjee
#EUBudget with @GOettingerEU
and more!
👉Watch webstream 15h00: http://www.cor.europa.eu/corplenary.t.go
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Our head of programme @ReddGaughan presents the #galway2020 programme, highlighting activity across Galway County.
#EURegionsWeek

A week of meetings for @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly and @EMRAssembly during European Week of Regions and Cities, kicking off with a meeting with Commissioner @PhilHoganEU for discussions on MFF negotiations, Common Agricultural Policy and other matters of regional importance

#EURegionsWeek always a super week of info seminars; challenges & opportunities galore exist for EU’s 95,000 LRA’s- idea sharing & networking crucial to find resolutions; + great to start the week off in EP Hemicycle

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Open Call from the Creative Europe Programme for both small and large scale cooperation projects - more details below! #arts #culture #heritage #cooperation @CEDCultureIE

The #EURegionsWeek in short:

👉Annual 4-day event
👉Cities & regions showcase their capacity to:
✅Create growth & jobs
✅Implement EU cohesion policy
✅Prove the importance of local & regional levels in terms of good European governance

Programme: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions_en

Congratulations to @INTERREG_NWE project #eMen and @irelandwales projects @FAI_MTAC, #hercules and #action for being included in #whatsthestory about Ireland & the EU. The @SouthernAssembl is closely associated with both #etc programmes
#euinmyregion https://twitter.com/PEDeBauw/status/1178980492563156993

Beaming with pride today as we analyse the results of Europe for Citizens in 2018 - Ireland enjoyed a 38% success rate. Our projects and proposals are of a very high quality. Well done everyone who applied and tried their best! #civilsociety #EUfunding https://lnkd.in/gsYVRj3

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