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.


That marks the end of the April Committee of the Regions, thanks for joining us for the past couple of days! 🙌🏻

Pleased Cork and Dublin have been selected by @EU_Commission as #MissionCities
for the Climate-Neutral Smart Cities Mission 2030.

They will be among 100 cities supported as trailblazers to accelerate their green and digital transformation.


For those wondering it’s from @ABBA’s 2021 album Voyage!

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy (@cllrkmac) makes a warmly welcomed contribution to the debate on European democratic values when he quotes @ABBA’s Ode to Joy:

“I would like to think that freedom is
More than just a word
In the grand and lofty language
Odes to freedom often go unheard”

Follow a live stream 📺 of today’s plenary proceedings below 👇🏻

Day 2 of the April European Committee of the Regions Plenary starts with a debate on “Promoting European Democratic Values Through Education to Foster EU Citizenship” 🇪🇺🗳👩🏻‍🏫

Day 2 of the April Plenary starting now!

A considered contribution from Cllr Una Power (@unapower) during the “Towards a socially fair implementation of the Green Deal” opinion.

Cllr Power speaking to a socially fair Green Deal notes that “by lifting up those most at risk we protect those most vulnerable communities”

Both Cllr. Michael Murphy (@cllrmmurphytipp) and Cllr. Kieran McCarthy’s (@cllrkmac) opinions are adopted by the Committee of the Regions!

Big congratulations to both of them! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy delivered an exciting and engaging presentation on his opinion “New European Bauhaus- Beautiful, Sustainable, Together” 🏠

The opinion is a response to Commission President Von der Leyden’s communication.

The opinion calls for greater recognition of LRAs

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