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.


🇪🇺🇮🇪 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

The assemblies are now being briefed by Noirin Ní Earcain on the potential for smart cities and the power of harnessing data for better city planning 🏙

Delighted to host Ireland’s three regional assemblies @EMRAssembly, @NWAssembly, @SouthernAssembl in the Berlaymont this morning.

They’ll be getting briefings on the Commission’s work as well as:
👩🏼‍💻 Technologies for Smart Communities
🔋EU Energy Policy
🇮🇪🤝🇪🇺EU Cohesion Policy

On behalf of the Irish Delegation @EU_CoR we thank @CoR_President for visiting Ireland this week and go raith maith agat to all who organised and participated in our events.

Thank you to @CoR_President for visiting Ireland over recent days. So many highlights, in particular our visit to the CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE @tcddublin where we met Provost @LindaDoyle - seeing the extraordinary @TLRHub and of course our viewing of the @BookOfKellsTCD

Inspiring local dialogue with young people organised by @EU_CoR & @emireland.

The young generation is a political priority for our Committee.

I invite young people to get involved in their communities & in elections.

The future is in your hands, let no others decide for you!

Diandra Ni Bhuachalla calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16. @DiandraNiB @EU_CoR @emireland #youthanddemocracy

Thomas Matthew speaking now on the importance of young people having their say in policy development #youthtest @EU_CoR @Youth_Forum @CoR_President

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