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.



✅ #EPlenary just approved the Common Provisions Regulation Report on future investment in EU regions (460 in favour, 170 against, 47 abstentions)

➡️ Gave @EP_Regional mandate to start negotiations with the Council

Press release to follow shortly
#CPR #MFF #cohesionpolicy

EU cohesion policy 2021-2027: European Parliament adopted today its report on the Common Provisions Regulation summary by @EP_ThinkTank @EP_Regional @EUinmyRegion @EU_CoR

Out of the 175 applications received to #UIACall4, 32% focused on #NBS #sustainable use of land, & 30% of all German applications were on #urbansecurity. 53% of applicants are cities between 50k and 250k inhabitants. See more trends in our latest article!

🎉🎉🎉#CohesionAlliance has now 10 000 supporters! The community wants a stronger #cohesionpolicy in the next #EUBudget, ahead of @Europarl_EN voting on the topic this week!

❗️@INTERREG_NWE Call 9 is now open for project proposals under priority 1 and 3. Closing date - 14th June. More info on topics and guidelines below 🔽 @EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly

Have your say on #EnergyTransition and participate to the #PublicFeedback launched by @EUUrbanAgenda

The @southernassembl will hold 3 information days on the draft Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy during February #rses #projectireland2040

Good discussion with @NWAssembly this afternoon on regional development and how to ensure EU initiatives can benefit communities around Ireland. #EUinmyregion


How can towns & villages drive rural revival in EU? What is the future of EU programmes for rural areas? How to create job opps & develop a smart regional strategy?

Great event by @EA_CoR @EU_CoR @NWAssembly in @leitrimcoco on 11/02

Interreg North-West Europe ninth call for project proposals is now open until 14 June 2019 for step 1 applications. This call will be open to applications under Priority 1 and Priority 3 only. Further information is available on @INTERREG_NWE

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