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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🌳 ENVE Commission Meeting 🌳
The last CoR meeting before the summer break and it’s a packed agenda. Debates include:

🔋Energy Package on gas, hydrogen and methane

🏙 Inclusion of Cities and Regions in COP27

👚 Sustainable and Circular textiles

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Check out our round up from the Committee of the Regions' 150th plenary session 👇🏻
https://www.ireo.eu/round-up-of-150th-cor-plenary/

💶 ECON Commission Meeting 💶
A busy final ECON Commission meeting before the summer break with debates on:

🖥 Digital Cohesion

💾 EU Chips Act

🥃 Geographical Indicators in the EU

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📢 Offering objective information about Europe's policies, initiatives and programmes has never been more critical. That's why the European Commission has recently launched the Building Europe with Local Councillors initiative. To find out more: https://www.ireo.eu/building-europe-call-for-applications/

🇪🇺🇮🇪 Day 2 of June Plenary 🇮🇪🇪🇺

Day 2 of the CoR’s June plenary kicks off with a debate on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

A debate which features a guest statement from MEP Ciaran Cuffe (@CiaranCuffe)

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy (@cllrkmac) speaks in support of the EU Enlargement Package calling it “an endorsement of the values we hold dear. Values if peace, co-operation and support”

🇪🇺 June Plenary 🇪🇺
A huge couple of days here in Brussels for the Irish European Committee of the Regions delegation.

Highlights include:
🗳 Election of a new President of the Committee of the Regions
🖥 Improving Working Conditions for Online Work
🇪🇺 EU Enlargement Package 2021

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