The European Commission is the EU’s executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole (as opposed to the interests of individual countries).
The Commission can be thought of as the EU ideas generator and implementer. Its main roles are to:
- set objectives and priorities for action
- propose legislation to Parliament and Council
- manage and implement EU policies and the budget
- enforce European Law (jointly with the Court of Justice)
- represent the EU outside Europe (negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries, etc.).
With the European Commission, FACE works on various levels. There are regular personal bilateral and multilateral meetings with Commission officials for exchanges of views and information updates. The most important of these are DG Environment, DG Health & Consumers, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, DG Trade, DG Justice and Home Affairs, DG Enterprise & Industry which cover policy fields that affect hunting. There are of course more and more cross cutting issues and other initiatives which have to be followed and which are laid down in other Directorates.
FACE participates in many consultations, expert and advisory groups of the Commission. Participating in these by providing accurate information and feedback to the Commission for its legislative proposals and their implementation is essential.
FACE consults its Members for insights and expertise on the policy fields, communicating with both Members and the Commission on developments and collating relevant, accurate information to feed into meetings and events at the right time.