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EM Germany Newsletter CW 23/2021 | European policy of the German states (Länder)

„With a view to establishing a united Europe, the Federal Republic of Germany shall participate in the development of the European Union“, according to Article 23 of our Basic Law. A state objective that is not directed solely at the federal government or the Bundestag, but also at the 16 states in the federation. 

As our #EBDGrafik of the week shows, the states are powerful co-shapers of European policy through various channels such as the Bundesrat, the Committee of the Regions and the Conference of European Ministers of the states and often play a decisive role in determining Germany’s position in the EU. Therefore it is important not only to look at the upoming elections of the Bundestag but to also at the six state elections. The results will influence the future direction of German European policy as well.

Equally essential is the proactive accompaniment of the Conference on the Future of Europe by the states so that a debate on the future can unfold broadly. In close cooperation with associations and federations in Germany and the cities and municipalities, they have the potential to carry the necessary reform debate on the German future in and with Europe beyond the political circles in Brussels, Strasbourg and Berlin.

 As EM Germany, we are willing to support the states with our regional committees. After all, European integration is a joint effort that deserves to be shaped by all forces in Germany. 

I wish you a wonderful week!


Dr Linn Selle
European Movement Germany

#EBDFokus: European policy of the German states (Länder)

Within the framework of Germany’s federal structure, the federal states play a key role in bringing European policy to the wider society and in turn injecting ideas for Europe into the dialogue with the EU institutions. The #EBDGrafik of the week provides an overview of the basic principles and options for shaping the European policy of the states. +++ The Conference of European Ministers of the States (EMK) takes an important part in forming the European policy of the 16 states. Since its foundation (1992), the EMK regularly brings together those from the ministries and the senates who are responsible for European policy. Current news on the EMK from EM Germany’s network can be found on EM Germany’s website. +++ The EMK chairmanship changes annually; Saarland is current chair (until 30 June). +++ In a short interview with EM Germany, EMK chair and Minister for Europe of Saarland Peter Strobel takes stock and emphasizes that the „participation of the states – and thus of the regional and local level – is essential for shaping the future of Europe.“ +++ A framework for this is currently provided by the Conference on the Future of Europe. In a statement at the end of January, the EMK positioned itself regarding the Conference and pleaded for the participation of the regions and especially the German states. In addition, the paper demands „that before the conference begins, it be made clear what the goal of the process is and how the results are to be dealt with.“ The presidents of the regional parliaments of Germany and Austria, South Tyrol and the German-speaking community of Belgium also spoke out in favor of having more of a say in the Conference in a joint online conference at the beginning of February. They also affirmed „an adherence to the free movement of persons in the EU and an intensified influence of regional parliaments in shaping the policies of the European Union.“ +++ The participation of the Länder in the conference is on the agenda of the meeting of EM Germany’s regional committees, which takes place virtually this eveningHarald Baumann-Hasske represents the regional committees as spokesperson in EM Germany’s Board. +++

#EBDGrafik of the week

A new #EBDgrafik provides an overview of basic principles and possibilites of participation of the German states (Länder) in EU politics. | Download

EM Germany News

CoFoE must enable reforms & treaty changes | Bernd Hüttemann at Villa Vigoni online debate: It must be clear that the Conference on the Future of Europe initiates real reforms and enables treaty changes, pleaded EM Germany Secretary-General Bernd Hüttemann at the member debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) of Villa Vigoni on 4 May. | More (in German)

Cross-border dialogue for a strong EU | EM Germany at EMI Members‘ Council and Assembly:Current European challenges can only be solved together through a social, cross-border dialogue. On 27 May the member organizations of the European Movement International (EMI) exchanged views at EMI’s Members‘ Council and General Assembly. The meetings reflected the past year’s activities and addressed current political priorities. | More (in German)

Final spurt of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency | EBD De-Briefing COMPET: After a long break, the Competitiveness Council met again physically in Brussels on 27 and 28 May 2021. An overview of the discussion points of the meeting was provided in the EBD De-Briefing on 31 May. | More (in German) +++ Further negotiations on CAP reform necessary | EBD De-Briefing AGRIFISH: The video conference of the EU agriculture ministers at the end of May was focused on the reform package for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Despite overnight trilogue negotiations, the EU institutions failed to reach an agreement by the end of the council meeting. At the EBD De-Briefing, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, summarized the summit results of the Agrifish Council | More (in German) +++ Focus on rapid agreement on sanctions against Belarus regime | EBD De-Briefing European Council: The arrest of Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega after the forced landing of a Ryanair flight to Minsk put a foreign policy focus on the agenda of the special European Council meeting at the end of May. At the EBD De-Briefing the day after, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy presented the results of the two-day summit. | More (in German)

Elisabeth Wisniewski joins EM Germany as „Head of Communications and Management“:In this function, Elisabeth Wisniewski manages the public relations of EM Germany and is responsible for the areas of personnel, organization and finance. | More (in German)

Invitation to the digital Women of Europe Awards Germany on 17 June: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Women of Europe Award Germany, two women are being honored by EM Germany this year for their commitment for Europe: the chairwoman of the German Federal Youth Council Lisi Maier, and the founder of Germany’s first full-time degree program in European Studies Prof Dr Ingeborg Tömmel. Join us for the digital ceremony on 17 June at 5 p.m. | More (in German)

Upcoming Events

All EM Germany events take place via videoconference. Participation is free, but registration required. Conference language is German unless indicated otherwise. +++ 07.06.2021: Meeting of EM Germany’s regional committees +++ 08.06.2021: EBD De-Briefing TTE +++ 09.06.2021: EBD De-Briefing Justice and Home Affairs +++ 11.06.2021: EM Germany Board Meeting +++ 17.06.2021: Women of Europe Awards Germany 2021 +++ 21.06.2021: EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN and eurogroup +++ 22.06.2021: EBD De-Briefing ENVI +++ 30.06.2021: College of Europe – digital consultation +++ Our Presidency Calendar on the Portuguese EU Council Presidency has all dates of the semester. 

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