The Theory and Practice of EU Agency Autonomy and Accountability: Early Day Expectations, Today's Realities and Future Perspectives

To be published in: M. Everson, C. Monda and E. Vos (eds.), European Agencies in between Institutions and Member States, Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, Forthcoming

33 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2013

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Madalina Busuioc

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance; University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Martijn L. P. Groenleer

Tilburg Law School & Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration

Date Written: April 15, 2013

Abstract

In this paper, we address the perennial challenge that underlies the governance of European Union agencies – as well as rendering it an inherently political issue: the balance between the autonomy of agencies, arguably the crucial ingredient for the effective operation of this model, and the accountability they must render, critical to their legitimacy (and that of the EU more generally). We trace how, across the board, the autonomy and accountability of EU agencies has developed, to what extent early expectations have been matched or challenges have arisen.

Keywords: Autonomy, accountability, control, effectiveness, European Union agencies, governance, independence, legitimacy, regulation

Suggested Citation

Busuioc, Madalina and Groenleer, Martijn L. P., The Theory and Practice of EU Agency Autonomy and Accountability: Early Day Expectations, Today's Realities and Future Perspectives (April 15, 2013). To be published in: M. Everson, C. Monda and E. Vos (eds.), European Agencies in between Institutions and Member States, Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2251027

Madalina Busuioc

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

P.O.Box 1030
Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Martijn L. P. Groenleer (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law School & Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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