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Deutsche EU-Politik

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Heutzutage umfasst die EU-Politik alle politischen Teilbereiche. Um die deutschen Interessen in Europa angemessen vertreten zu können, benötigt die deutsche Regierung effektive, politische Koordinierungsmechanismen.

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Heutzutage umfasst die EU-Politik alle politischen Teilbereiche. Um die deutschen Interessen in Europa angemessen vertreten zu können, benötigt die deutsche Regierung effektive, politische Koordinierungsmechanismen.

The making of German government policy on Europe

Germany and Europe
A German (L) and a European flag wave in front of a company in�Dresden, Germany, 20�October 2011. Photo: Arno Burgi© picture-alliance/ dpa

Nowadays European policy covers all policy fields. To be an effective advocate of Germany’s interests in Europe, the Federal Government needs efficient policy coordination mechanisms.

The process of initiating new European legislation begins with a European Commission proposal. These proposals for regulations or directives are then deliberated, amended if necessary and finally adopted or enacted by the Council, on which member states’ governments are represented, and by the European Parliament, which is directly elected by Europe’s citizens.

An agreed German position on the individual proposals is necessary to enable the Federal Government to represent Germany’s interests in Brussels and to take a uniform stand in the various EU bodies.

Source: Federal Foreign Office

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European policy affects a host of fields for which various ministries in Germany are responsible. To ensure the Federal Government presents a unified stance, there are various coordination mechanisms.

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