EU Agencies: Features, Framework and Future
Michelle Everson, Cosimo Monda and Ellen Vos (eds.), European agencies in between Institutions and Member States, Kluwer law Publishing, Forthcoming
41 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 16, 2013
This paper discusses the role that EU agencies have acquired over the years within the EU’s institutional landscape. It argues that they have become an integral part of the EU’s institutional structure and an established part of the way the EU operates. It shows that these networked agencies are all in line with and part of the composite or shared administration of the EU. It discusses two important elements of the Common Approach, namely the composition of agencies’ management boards and the powers conferred upon the Commission by the alert/warning system. It concludes that European agencies’ independence is fragile and needs further analysis. Moreover, the constitutional disregard of agencies in Article 291 TFEU underlines the uncomfortable position of agencies operating in the shadow of hierarchy, whilst at the same time fails to recognize the composite character of the EU executive. Surely this not only necessitates a further reflection on the role of agencies in the EU executive but also on the shared and composite character of the EU executive more generally.
Keywords: EU Agencies, EU executive, Independence, Delegation, Lisbon
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