With more than 50 per cent of legislation implemented locally originating in the EU, local government awareness of upcoming EU legislative proposals is crucial. Previous EU proposals have changed the way councils provide services. For instance, the Landfill Directive radically changed the way we treat waste, and procurement directives shape how we buy goods and services.
The Local Government Association anticipates initiatives that may impact on councils, and works with the full range of partners in Whitehall and Brussels to ensure the best possible legislative outcomes for local councils and the communities they serve.
Local Government Association, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Welsh Local Government Association, Northern Ireland Local Government Association are represented in Brussels.
Councillor David Wilcox, Chair of the LGA's European and International Board, writes on UK government and the EU.
Find out about the role of local government employers in Europe, the partnership of Public Employers and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.
Updates and positions on EU procurement rules, state aid issues and other EU legislation affecting local public service improvement.
Find out how the LGA secured funding for local councils, how European funds are being used; glean information on European Structural Fund regulations.
Read about EU funding for councils on the waste agenda; the development of energy and sustainable communities, as well as the Biowaste agenda.