Who does what in France for the european union ?

Through the mandate it has been given, the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirms its commitment to European integration and expresses France’s position with regard to key European issues.

On the authority of the minister of foreign affairs, the minister delegate for European affairs handles all of the issues relating to European integration, including institutional matters. Allocations, speeches and photos of the travels of the minister delegate.

The permanent representation of France in the European Union plays a key role in expressing France’s positions within the European institutions. Subject to the authority of an ambassador, the capital’s administrative relay is responsible for watching over the establishment of a coherent connection between the national decision-making system and that of the EU.

Interministerial coordination. The Secretariat-General of European Affairs (SGAE), mission administration placed under the authority of the prime minister, covers all the areas defined by the Treaty on the Union, with the exception of the common foreign and security policy (CFSP), which is monitored by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

European meetings of French authorities

Schedule, agenda and conclusions of European meetings: European Councils, General Affairs and External Relations Councils (GAERC), Gymnichs (informal meetings for member countries’ ministers of foreign affairs)

The monthly interministerial committees on Europe

By late June 2005, the prime minister decided to establish a monthly interministerial committee on Europe. Presided over by the head of the government, it brings together the ministers concerned by the agenda. This latter is proposed by the minister delegate for European affairs on the basis of timely European topics. The SGAE (Secretariat-General of European Affairs, created by decree on 17 October 2005 and placed under the authority of the prime minister) acts as secretariat-general of these interministerial committees.

European, national, regional and local elected representatives

Elected by the citizens, they represent France at the different institutions.

The European Parliament: of the 732 European deputies, 78 are elected in France. Working in subject-specific committees or plenary sessions, they participate in the European legislative process and monitor the work of the other EU institutions. They vote on the budget of the European Union. The most recent election in France was held on 13 June 2004.

The French Parliament: by means of their specialized delegations, French deputies and senators monitor the progression of European integration and EU rules very closely. They are consulted by the French Government about all Community texts that are legislative in scope and can vote, if they feel it is appropriate, on resolutions. To this end, they have created a National Assembly Delegation for the European Union and a Senate Delegation for the European Union.

The Committee of Regions

The 24 French representatives are chosen from among the elected representatives of the Regional Councils, General Councils and municipalities. They give their opinion on all European projects that are of interest to local communities: transport networks, development, and public health, etc. Socio-professional organizations are consulted on proposed Community legislation in the context of the ESC, the European Economic and Social Committee, where 24 French representatives of families, businesses, employees, and farmers, etc. sit. Europe’s two sides of industry negotiate European agreements (parental leave, part-time employment, etc.): UNICE (Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe), CEEP (European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation) and ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation).

Within the other Community institutions.

French citizens are appointed by the government to the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Auditors. They take an oath to act independently with regard to their country of origin in the interest of all of the countries of the European Union.

Ten-point guide on the use of French in the institutions of the European Union

Published on 24/05/2016

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