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The Development of Agencies at EU and National Levels: Conceptual Analysis and Proposals for Reform

61 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2004  

Damien Geradin

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC); University College London - Faculty of Laws

Nicolas Petit

University of Liege - School of Law; International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE); University of South Australia - School of Law

Abstract

In this paper we analyse institutional issues of common interest to the National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and the European Agencies (EAs) created under the impulsion of EC law. Both sets of bodies are examined through the lenses of three institutional regulatory parameters, i.e. (i) the jurisdictional level at which agencies should be placed (EU vs. national), (ii) the degree of homogeneity/heterogeneity that is desirable among agencies, and (iii) the state of compliance with principles of good governance. On the basis of this analysis, we argue that there is some scope for significant reforms. While the creation of NRAs and EAs can be seen as a positive development of EC law, the methods of functioning of these agencies and the way they are organised could largely be improved, in particular with regards to principles of good governance.

Keywords: Agencies, regulation, European Union, governance, accountability

JEL Classification: L50

Suggested Citation

Geradin, Damien and Petit, Nicolas, The Development of Agencies at EU and National Levels: Conceptual Analysis and Proposals for Reform. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=489722 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.489722

Damien Geradin (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC)

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

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London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Nicolas Petit

University of Liege - School of Law ( email )

B-4000 Liege
Belgium

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) ( email )

United States

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University of South Australia - School of Law ( email )

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Adelaide SA 5001
Australia

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