Europe

The European Union (EU) and its member states have developed into a multi-layered form of political organisation with a common system of law and values. In addition to the European level and the national level of the EU member states, this multi-level system also includes the regional level, i.e. in Germany, the federal states.

Decisions made by the EU often affect Brandenburg directly: many of the laws passed by the Landtag Brandenburg are either based on or implement European legal requirements. The Landtag Brandenburg therefore has an interest in participating actively in the European discourse. Of particular importance to Brandenburg, for example, are EU agricultural policy or support measures within the scope of EU regional/cohesion policy.

It is naturally the case that regarding Europe, the specialised committee responsible for European affairs is of considerable importance in the Landtag Brandenburg. In this respect, recommendations for decisions on EU affairs are also generally submitted by the European Committee. In terms of their content, however, European matters often relate specifically to the topic areas of one or more of the specialised committees. Projects associated with the European Union can therefore be addressed within all areas of policy, and recommendations can be made to the Landtag for the determination of positions.

The Landtag Brandenburg is represented in Brussels with a State Parliament Office.

The Landtag in the EU

Brandenburg and Europe

As the representative body of the people of a region in the heart of Europe, the Landtag Brandenburg is an integral part of the multi-level European system. The committees and members of the Landtag have various options for taking part in the European discourse.

Conference on the Future of Europe

The logo of the Conference on the Future of Europe (in German)

At the conference on the Future of Europe, citizens, experts and various European institutions shall discuss the future of the European Union. The results of the conference, scheduled to last until May 2022, shall serve as guidelines for the future of Europe.

Projects

The flags of the Land of Brandenburg, the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union in the inner courtyard of the Landtag building

The Landtag Brandenburg is involved in two projects of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR): the pilot project “Input from political debates in regional parliaments” and the Network of Regional Hubs for the evaluation of EU policy implementation (RegHub 2.0).

State Parliament Office in Brussels

The State Parliament Office for Brandenburg in Brussels

The State Parliament Office of the Landtag represents the interests of the Landtag on location in Brussels. It observes and analyses current EU projects which are of relevance to the Landtag and supports members of the Landtag, committees and political groups.