EU Agencies Network
The EU Agencies Network was set up by the European Union (EU) Member States and the EU Institutions to carry out specific legal, technical or scientific tasks. Based on evidence-based advice they help shape informed policies and laws at the EU and national level.
The medicines we take, the food we eat, the chemicals in our products are just some of the areas in which the EU Agencies make daily contributions to improving the lives of Europe's citizens.
The 45 decentralised EU Agencies, headquartered across the EU Member States, touch the lives of 500 million EU citizens every day through their work. The Agencies contribute to the implementation of EU policies across a wide variety of fields, including health and safety, freedom and justice, innovation, research and business, and transport and satellite systems.
EU Agencies Forum
From 6-7 December 2016, policy makers, representatives of industry, civil society, EU institutions and public administration gathered at the European Parliament for a major conference dedicated to the work and contribution of the 45 EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings.
Two studies were presented during the Agencies Forum, highlighting the significant contributions of the Agencies to the EU citizens’ lives. According to the first report, for a cost of 1.2 billion Euro (less than 0.8% of the EU’s total budget in 2015), the EU Agencies significantly contribute to the successful implementation of virtually all of the EU policy priorities.
The second report estimates that it would cost Member States around €170 million a year to assume the tasks currently done by seven agencies selected for the purpose of this study. Similarly, if those seven agencies were not there to provide services to firms doing business in the EU’s Internal Market, the cost to industry could be as high as 1 billion euro a year.
High level speakers at the Agencies Forum included Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness, former Vice-President of the European Commission Kristalina Georgieva and former President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.
EFSA Chairs the EU Network of Agencies
EFSA will lead the network until March 2018 in close consultation with the so-called Troika which includes previous chairs - EUIPO (2016) and Eurofound (2015) - along with the agencies pertaining to the Network.
Since its inception the Network has assisted the EU Decentralised Agencies and Joint Undertakings regarding governance and management of resources, helping them to better deliver the numerous services they offer to EU citizens on legal, technical and scientific matters. The EU Network was created by the Heads of Agencies to enable a coordinated approach to information exchange and common position agreements.