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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
This page has information on the policy developments we have been involved in contributing to. The Welsh Assembly Government is involved in contributing to European policy through various mechanisms.
EU policy is a non transferred matter with the UK government retaining formal responsibility and representing the UK at official EU meetings. However, the EU makes proposals in many areas which are devolved to Wales, such as agriculture, the environment, culture and regional policy so the Welsh Assembly Government works closely with the UK government to develop the “UK position” on such issues and ensure that Welsh views are included.
We do this through:
- Consultation with the UK government and the devolved administrations on emerging EU policy.
- formal Consultation responses, both directly to EU institutions and by feeding into a UK response
- Policy events – in Wales and in Europe
- Ministerial visits and inter-governmental dialogueI
- Informal networking channels
In addition to the work EU Policy team does on EU legislation, we also work on a number of cross-cutting EU Policy areas which are of importance to Wales. Current priority areas include:
- Europe 2020
- EU Budget
- Cohesion Policy
- Future Funding
- Coordination of policy with the UK Government.
As the UK government retains formal responsibility for EU policy an Memorandum of Understanding sets out the way in which the devolved administrations can feed their views into the UK’s policy and how we can take part in EU level meetings as part of UK delegations.
Scrutiny of EU Legislation and Policy
The UK Parliament scrutinises proposed EU policy and legislation. All legislation and anything which shapes the direction of future legislation (such as Commission Communications, Green Papers, Action Plans) and anything which is politically significant is deposited in Parliament for scrutiny by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The European and External Affairs Committee of the National Assembly for Wales also examines EU proposals which have, or have the potential to have, an impact in Wales.
European & External Affairs Division (EEAD) makes every effort to ensure that it keeps the right people informed of all EU developments. You can help us by ensuring that you inform us if our contacts need updating or if you have an interest in a particular area.