Linking the EU and National Agencification Processes: A Growing Need to Overcome Inconsistencies

By Joan Solanes Mullor The two dimensions of the agencification process in Europe The Agencification process in Europe presents two dimensions: the EU and national levels. Over the last two decades, the EU has relied on agencies to exercise its own competences. EU agencies have increased in number and are now part of the EU… Continue reading Linking the EU and National Agencification Processes: A Growing Need to Overcome Inconsistencies

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The Procedure for Relocating EU Agencies after Brexit: An Encouraging Precedent?

By Carlo Tovo  Background After the UK citizens voted to leave the EU in the 23 June 2016 referendum, it was clear from the outset (although perhaps not to the UK government) that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) should have been relocated to other remaining Member States (cf. Chamon… Continue reading The Procedure for Relocating EU Agencies after Brexit: An Encouraging Precedent?

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The New Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group for Europol : Old Wine in New Bottles?

      By Diane Fromage   Background The Regulation for Europol adopted in 2016 created the new Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group for Europol (JPSG). This (finally) allowed national parliaments to be involved in the political monitoring of Europol as specifically provided for by article 12 of the Treaty on the European Union since the… Continue reading The New Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group for Europol : Old Wine in New Bottles?

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The European Asylum Support Office in Action: Comments on the Changing Nature of Practical Cooperation in the EU Asylum Policy

Practical cooperation in the European asylum policy has evolved from mere information exchange to the institutionalisation of a plethora of activities coordinated by an EU agency, the European Asylum Support Office. The ‘asylum crisis’ has further spurred forms of joint processing of asylum applications, while the proposed Regulation on a European Union Agency on Asylum… Continue reading The European Asylum Support Office in Action: Comments on the Changing Nature of Practical Cooperation in the EU Asylum Policy

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The European Border and Coast Guard: Towards the Centralization of the External Border Management?

By David Fernández Rojo   As a result of the migratory crisis, the transformation of Frontex into a European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) became a political priority for both the EU and the Member States. Regulation 2016/1624 aims to strengthen the position and independence of the EBCG from the Member States, which have not always… Continue reading The European Border and Coast Guard: Towards the Centralization of the External Border Management?

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What next for ACER?

By Torbjørg Jevnaker   The EU’s energy agency may get new tasks as proposed in the winter package on the energy union. It might escape standardization, but not controversy. Recently, the European Commission presented a jumbo-package of legislative proposals for the Energy Union along with supporting documents. The so-called “Winter Package” on the energy union spans… Continue reading What next for ACER?

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Complex procedures as hurdle to accountability: verticalization of pharmaceutical enforcement

In 2015, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) celebrated its 20th anniversary, coinciding with the 50 years of pharmaceutical regulation in the European Union (EU). In the EU, pharmaceuticals are legislated at the EU level, but the enforcement of this legislation is typically left to the Member States. Yet also in this area we can see… Continue reading Complex procedures as hurdle to accountability: verticalization of pharmaceutical enforcement

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Hello from the other side: conflicts of interests of staff leaving an agency

Conflicts of interest of high-ranking civil servants that leave their EU post are currently again subject to critical discussion. This blog post will examine how potential conflicts of interests of departing staff members are dealt with in selected European agencies and critically examine the agencies policies on the matter.   By Sabrina Wirtz   Questions… Continue reading Hello from the other side: conflicts of interests of staff leaving an agency

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The future of Europol’s Cooperation Agreements and the New Europol Regulation

This blog post discusses the ‘migration’ of the existent Europol Cooperation Agreements into future international cooperation of Europol under the New Regulation. The current procedure for their adoption, form and content raise some concerns, and perpetuating their implementation after 2017 appears as a sub-standard result.   By Zheni Zhekova   On 11 May 2016, the… Continue reading The future of Europol’s Cooperation Agreements and the New Europol Regulation

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