The Representation of the Free State of Thuringia to the European Union in Brussels
Since 1991, the Representation of the Free State of Thuringia to the European Union in Brussels has served as a link between the Thuringian State Government and the European Institutions.
Its main function is to support the Minister for Federal and European Affairs and head of the State Chancellery in promoting the interests of Thuringia at European level.
As well as providing an information service and alerting the Thuringia State Government on the most recent EU developments, the Representation of the Free State of Thuringia to the European Union serves as a contact point and provides Brussels with an insight into Thuringia.
The day-to-day tasks of the Representation are as follows:
- Representing the interests of Thuringia towards the European Institutions
- Providing the Federal State Government with early warning of new laws or regulatory measures prepared and introduced by the European Commission
- Monitoring and observing the progress of discussion and debating procedures of new EU legislation in particular, during the European Parliamentary process
- Lobbying the EU institutions on behalf of the Thuringian State Government
- Supporting the Thuringian Members in the Committee of the Regions (CoR)
- Supporting and briefing high-ranking Thuringian representatives at EU level
- Providing information on various EU funding programmes
- Press and public relations contacts to assist the promotion of European ideals in Thuringia
- Providing promotional material and presenting exhibitions to promote Thuringia in Brussels.
- Developing and maintaining contact with Brussels-based European regional offices (regional representations) in particular with Thuringia’s partner regions: Essex (England), Picardie (France) and Malapolska (Poland).
- Inviting and hosting visitor-groups from Thuringia
- Responding to Citizens’ queries