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 44 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.
Throughout 2016, the EU Agencies Network will carry out a series of actions endorsed by its members, including:
- increased use of shared services between Agencies to create synergies between them and increase efficiencies;
- a study on the contribution of the Agencies to EU strategy;
- the development of an improved online platform, which will facilitate intra-Agency, communication and provide more information on the Agencies and their work to EU citizens.
On March 1, EUIPO took over the chairmanship of the EU Agencies Network from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). The chairmanship runs until March 2017, when the chair of the Network will pass to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
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.
High level speakers at the Agencies Forum included Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Commission Kristalina Georgieva and former President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.
Delegates agreed that the EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings are crucial to the implementation and success of all areas of EU policy. In addition, the economies of scale and savings generated for EU taxpayers by EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings were also highlighted, as it is more effective to perform a task once at EU level rather than repeating it 28 times at Member State level.