With whom we work
Orgalime is part of an extensive network at European level which includes the Confederation of European Business (BUSINESSEUROPE), other branch federations, our sister organisation CEEMET representing the employers in the engineering industry, as well as a number of individual European sector committees/associations representing the interests of individual engineering products or product lines:
- BUSINESSEUROPE [more]
- Major industrial branch federations (Fédérations européennes des branches industrielles - FEBIs)
- Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based Industries (CEEMET) [more]
- 120 European product sector committees/associations in the engineering industry
Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI)
Check the page of ACEI on our website [more]
The EU is somewhat unique with respect to its institutional set-up:
- The EU's broad priorities are set by the European Council, which brings together national and EU-level leaders
- Directly elected MEPs represent European citizens in the European Parliament
- The interests of the EU as a whole are promoted by the European Commission, whose members are appointed by national governments
- Governments defend their own countries' national interests in the Council of the European Union.
Setting the agenda
The European Council sets the EU's overall political direction – but has no powers to pass laws. Led by its President – currently Donald Tusk – and comprising national heads of state or government and the President of the Commission, it meets for a few days at a time at least every 6 months.
Policy and Law-making
There are 3 main institutions involved in EU legislation:
- The European Commission, which represents the interests of the Union as a whole [more]
- The European Parliament, which represents the EU’s citizens and is directly elected by them [more]
- The Council of the European Union, which represents the governments of the individual member countries. The Presidency of the Council is shared by the member states on a rotating basis [more]
Together, these three institutions produce through the ‘Ordinary Legislative Procedure’ (ex ‘co-decision’) and other instruments the policies and laws that apply throughout the EU. In principle, the Commission proposes new laws, and the Parliament and Council adopt them. The Commission and the member countries then implement them, and the Commission ensures that the laws are properly applied and implemented.
Decision-making in the EU – more on EU law-making procedures [more]
The Presidency of the Council of the EU [more]
The work of the European Commission is conducted within the various Directorates General (DG), where each DG is classified according to the policy it deals with [more]