Information Office of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the European Union

Multiple Tasks

The Information Office of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Brussels <p>© MV State Chancellery</p> Show details

The Information Office in Brussels

The Information Office of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Brussels <p>© MV State Chancellery</p>

The Information Office in Brussels

The Information Office in Brussels belongs to the Ministry of the Interior and Europe of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Its wide-ranging tasks include informing the State Government of current legislative proposals and political developments at EU level at an early stage and preparing the ground for visits by members of the State Government to Brussels. In addition, the Information Office is the contact partner for the municipal and district authorities of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the companies, educational and research institutes as well as citizens from our state.

"European domestic policy"

Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions <p>© European Union, Wim Daneels</p> Show details

Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions

Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions <p>© European Union, Wim Daneels</p>

Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions

The importance of European institutions is underestimated by a large number of people. In the last elections to the European Parliament in 2014, only 46.8 percent of those eligible to vote in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern actually did so.

And yet, today more decisions are taken in Brussels than ever before, which affect the citizens of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Experts even refer to a "European domestic policy".

Both the Federal Government and the Federal States are actively involved in EU policies: Article 23 of the Constitution secures a key role for the Federal States in European policy areas that infringe upon their competencies. In order to represent and safeguard the State’s interests, information on and evaluation of European projects are required at an early stage. For this reason, the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern established their Information Office in Brussels in 1991.

The tasks of the Information Office in detail

Providing the State Government and public authorities with information on legislative proposals and developments at EU level at an early stage;
Preparing visits and assisting members of the State Government in Brussels;
Providing support and advice to private and public institutions in their approaching EU bodies and the acquisition of EU funding;
Looking after visitors from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; providing support with organising seminars and conferences in Brussels;
Representing the state at the EU und defending its interests vis-á-vis EU organs; raising public awareness for the concerns of the state;
Promoting Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the "capital of Europe" via information on the economy, research, tourism and the presentation of the state's cultural diversity;
Cooperating with the representatives of the state's partner regions in Brussels as well as the representatives of other EU regions – particularly from Northern Germany and the Baltic Sea Region.