The work of the EU Agencies directly impacts the lives of more than 440 million EU citizens
We enhance the value of individual EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings by deepening their collaboration, with the objective of providing EU citizens, businesses and institutions the right foundation to achieve their priorities. In so doing, we represent a cost-efficient, agile and impactful administrative backbone for the implementation of Union policies.
Through our combined knowledge and actions, we contribute to the implementation of EU policies and strive for the development of a more sustainable, inclusive and competitive Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens.
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EUAN response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis
2020 will be remembered as the year that drastically changed the way we live, work and interact with each other. The 39 decentralised Agencies and 9 Joint Undertakings that comprise the EU Agencies Network (EUAN) are charged with the implementation of key EU policies for citizens and companies. As such, they played a pivotal role in the EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in close cooperation with the European Commission, Member States and their institutions.
The Network is a voluntary initiative by the Agencies, to provide mutual support and, by working closely together, deliver better services to citizens and industry. In 2020, the Agencies successfully adapted their ways of working, while administrative procedures were introduced to safeguard the physical and mental health of their staff. For example, through teleworking, virtual meetings and by changing processes and services into digital formats, Agencies demonstrated agility, flexibility and efficiency. .
A Network’s Advisory Group was established to address a variety of issues and administrative and HR measures. Best practices and proposals gathered internally were conveyed in (inter)institutional fora like the CPQS meetings on COVID-19 or the Council Working Party on Staff Regulations.
EUAN members ensured that stakeholders and citizens were fully informed about the virus and its consequences, provided assistance to EU and national decision-makers in their crisis management and recovery planning, and adapted their regulatory work to support the private sector in delivering services and goods and preparing for the aftermath of COVID-19.
Numerous publications and other information materials were made available on the EUAN members’ websites and shared on social media. Expert opinions, risk assessment studies and impact reports were developed and submitted to EU and national authorities. Guidance documents were also issued for citizens and exception procedures implemented for companies to absorb the impact of the pandemic: a compilation of these initiatives and projects are available on this website.”
All these activities required an unprecedented mobilisation of all Network’s actors. Agencies and Joint Undertakings - individually, bilaterally or via thematic clusters - Sub-networks, Heads or Resources and Heads of Agencies: they all brought their knowledge to provide a coordinated and durable response to the pandemic.
The key lesson learned from the past months is that we are stronger together. The new EUAN Strategy 2021-2027 builds on the ‘acquis’ and integrates the EU recovery priorities (greening, digitalisation and resilience) to position the EUAN as a role model for administrative excellence.
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Employing staff from all Member States and present in nearly every capital city, the Agencies break down political, cultural, technical and regulatory barriers to bring Europe closer to citizens. See how the EU Agencies contribute to the lives of everyone in Europe in this new clip from the EU Agencies Network.
On the occasion of Europe Day, the EU Agencies Network released a video that demonstrates the vital role the Agencies play in ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens. The video reflects on people’s lives from birth through to old age, and shows how the EU Agencies contribute positively to citizens’ lives by collecting and analysing data needed for targeted policies at EU and national level, safeguarding our borders and fighting organised crime, and at the same time creating the innovation needed to keep the EU at the cutting edge of global competition. Europe Day is held on 9 May every year to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.
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The medicines we take, the food we eat, the chemicals in our products and in our surroundings, our education, the quality of our working lives, our transport, our fundamental rights… etc. are just some of the areas in which the EU Agencies make daily contributions to improving the lives of Europe’s citizens.
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Article by Alex Brenninkmeijer
This article shows how agencies are evolving into a more complex form of public administration and how they can be viewed as common centres of expertise and networking.Download
The 2019-2020 Work Programme will guide the work of the EUAN during the Chairmanship of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).Download
The 2018-2019 Work Programme will guide the Network’s operations for the coming two years, encompassing both the Frontex and ECDC chairmanships.Download
The Heads of over 40 EU Agencies have signed a declaration to promote diversity at work and provide staff with a safe and equitable work environment. Download the common declaration here.Download
Two recent studies analyse the cost-effectiveness of EU Agencies, how they reduce the overall costs to taxpayers and their contribution to the Europe 2020 strategy and the Juncker Agenda.
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.
How do EU agencies and other bodies contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy and to the Juncker Commission Agenda?
Study by Deloitte, commissioned by the EU Agencies Network
To continue the celebrations of Europe Day and the anniversary of the Rome treaties, we are happy to share a new video about the impact of European integration.
On 25-26th of September, the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs Agencies (JHAA) will gather for the 3rd Network Meeting in 2019, hosted by Europol, current chair of the network in 2019.
The JHAA network is comprised of nine agencies: CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA and Frontex. The network started its activities in 2006 to discuss and coordinate a centralized approach towards agencies’ cooperation with the EU institutions.
They will meet next week in the Hague to continue their discussion of the strategic way forward regarding the EU‘s security architecture and other areas of common interest.
Follow this link to learn more about the JHAA network and to get an update about the upcoming meeting.
On 10 October, the Heads of EU Agencies meet in Brussels for the first time under ECDC chairmanship, to discuss matters of common interest to all agencies. The chairmanship of the Network of EU Agencies (EUAN) officially passed from Frontex to ECDC on 1 September 2018, and a hand-over meeting with representatives from FRONTEX and EFSA took place on 13 September 2018.
In this regular meeting of the Heads of Agencies, a wide range of issues will be covered, including resource management and results of Agencies’ audit in 2017, while focusing on the four priorities of the network:
- Shared services and capabilities
- Mutual value creation with EU Institutions
- Outward communication
- Internal governance
The European Union Agencies are an integral part of the EU institutional system. The Heads of Agencies have established a network to provide a forum for coordination, information exchange and agreement of common positions on issues of common interest. The network strengthens the voice of the EU Agencies and promotes good governance.
ECDC will chair the Agencies network until February 2020. The flag representing the Agencies network is now located in ECDC's Boardroom.
On 1 March, the Chairmanship of the Network of EU Agencies (EUAN) officially passed from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to Frontex at a handover meeting held in Frontex’s headquarters in Warsaw.
EFSA’s Executive Director Bernhard Url, Frontex’s Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri, and Andrea Ammon, the Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) met to discuss ongoing and future priorities for the Network under the helm of Frontex (March-September 2018) and ECDC (from September 2018-March 2020).
EUAN efforts will continue to focus on the four priorities of the Network including ensuring synergies and efficiency wherever possible by way of sharing services, as well as the potential for additional sources of funding for EU Agencies in the upcoming Multi-annual Financial Framework.
In communications, an emphasis will be placed on promoting the important work and expertise of the Agencies and JUs for all citizens, from security and fundamental rights, through health and food safety, to innovation and financial stability.
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On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March, which celebrates the movement for women’s rights, more than 40 EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings unite with a common declaration against sexual harassment in the workplace. Following the initiative of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the statement signed by the Agencies’ Directors declares zero tolerance towards harassment and gender-based inequality. The Heads of the EU Agencies have pledged to communicate to their staff that harassment in the workplace is not acceptable, to ensure respect for existing laws and the staff regulation, to promote diversity at work, and to provide a trusted environment in the workplace.
The focus of the Heads of Agencies meeting (6-7 July) was on reviewing the progress made on the actions laid out in the Network’s Work Programme: increased sharing of services and capabilities among Agencies; common initiatives to enhance Agencies’ value creation in line with EU strategic priorities; improved internal governance of the Network; and more visible communication on the services provided by the Agencies for European citizens.
Heads of Agencies also discussed current and future challenges, and how the EU Agency model could be reshaped to address these. In an intensive half-day workshop, participants from both the Heads of Agencies and Heads of Resources also explored the possibility of sharing capabilities in human resource management, and they also looked at the state of play of Brexit and its possible impact on the Agencies.
Putting priorities into practice
In a separate meeting of EU Agencies’ Heads of Resources (5-6 July), delegates dealt with hands-on implications of putting strategic priorities into practice. Concrete examples included joint procurement, shared IT services, inter-agency job advertisements, budgetary and staff management rules, and Agencies’ access to SYSPER, the HR management IT tool used by the Commission and other EU bodies.
Alberto Spagnolli, EFSA’s Senior Policy Adviser, said: “This first high-level meeting hosted by EFSA marked an important step in delivering on the Network’s Work Programme for 2017-18. There was a strong focus on modernising human resource management and creating efficiencies through innovation and cooperation and the meeting made progress in generating further value for Europe’s citizens while saving taxpayers’ money.”
Sharing resources and expertise, for decades the Agencies have made a significantly positive impact on the daily lives of European citizens in the areas of food safety and medicine, police and justice, vocational training and working conditions, nuclear energy, environmental protection, research, transport and satellite systems.
In March 2017, EFSA took over the Chairmanship of the Network and work in detailed consultation with EUIPO and Eurofound as the Troika of the Network. EFSA’s Chairmanship will continue until the end of February 2018 when the Heads of Agencies and Resources will meet once again in Brussels for the bi-annual EUAN meetings on 20-22 February 2018 during which a handover will take place for the incoming chairing Agency.
The Heads of the Network of Agencies came together on 5-7 July at EFSA’s headquarters in Parma, Italy, to discuss common strategic initiatives. In particular, they looked into more efficient ways of working together to provide greater value for European citizens. The meeting, also attended by representatives from the European Commission and Parliament, was hosted by EFSA as current Chair of the European Union Agencies Network (EUAN) comprising 45 Agencies and Joint Undertakings. The Agencies which are spread across Europe work in a wide range of policy areas, from health and environment, to migration and security, to business and innovation.
The main purpose of the Network is to streamline efforts and create a unified voice of the various Agencies working across Europe. The meeting is going to look at how the agencies can join forces and expertise to increase efficiency and offer more tangible benefits for Europeans.
This gathering of representatives from the 45 decentralised EU Agencies creates a great opportunity to exchange of best practices on administrative and organizational issues. The top priorities are: mutual value creation, improved outward communication and internal governance as well as the development of shared services and capabilities.
12 EU Agencies were nominated, 3 shortlisted and 3 handed a prestigious Award during the European Ombudsman Award in Brussels on 29 March 2017.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), together with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), and Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT) won an award in the category “excellence in citizen / customer focused services delivery” for managing together their multi-lingual websites.
The EU’s Agency for cyber security, ENISA, received an Award in the “Excellence in Innovation – Transformation” category for its cyber-crisis simulation executed in real-time (over 48 hours) following two years of planning and which redefines redefining European cyber cooperation. Over the project’s lifetime, more than 1000 participants were trained and benefited from the program.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Commission (DG for Health and Food Safety), were shortlisted for addressing together antimicrobial resistance (AMR), one of the most serious global public health threats.
Launched in October 2017, the European Ombudsman Award attracted 90 nominated projects from across the European institutions and bodies. Entries had to demonstrate good public administration and notably a culture of service and commitment to improving the lives of EU citizens. Prizes were awarded in seven categories with the overall Award for Good Administration 2017 going to the Commission’s DG for Health and Food Safety whose nominated unit developed EU collaboration in the sharing of vital information and expertise to help millions of Europeans suffering from rare diseases.
"The EU civil service is sometimes under-appreciated. It is rightly held to account by my office, journalists and others but there should also be room for recognition of a task well done. It is very fitting that this should happen around the significant anniversary of the founding Treaty of Rome," said the European Ombudsman, Ms O'Reilly. "I have been struck by the quality of the nominations, small and large-scale, across an array of policy areas and sometimes involving several institutions. They showcase the individual and collective efforts to make a positive difference."
As of March 2 2017 the European Food Safety Authority based in Parma, Italy, assumed the chairmanship of 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.
As Chair, EFSA will roll out a comprehensive multi-annual Work Programme aligned with previously launched initiatives by predecessors EUROFOUND and EUIPO under the strategic directions identified in 2015 by the Heads of Agencies in Dublin. These initiatives seek to add value and visibility, and to find synergies and efficiencies between agencies and to streamline and simplify the operations of the Network at large. The Network will focus on bringing to fruition joint procurement services between agencies and with the EU institutions, on cooperation and sharing of capabilities in HR and budget matters such as competency management and workforce planning, on digital and cloud services including new approaches in the workplace, as well as developing thematic collaborations between agencies - in scientific and technical activities and communications - always in line with EU priorities.
Executive Director of EFSA, Bernhard Url said: “Our work programme focuses on sharing services so that we can create more value for European citizens by working together on joint activities such as procurement and IT solutions. And we’ll continue our cooperation on specific topics for example the work being done by EFSA, the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on antimicrobial resistance.”
The EU Agencies Network is the network of the 48 EU Agencies/JUs
The significant contribution of EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings to citizens and administrations.
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.
Two studies were presented at the Forum. One, commissioned by the European Parliament, looked at the cost would be to citizens and national administrations without seven EU agencies supporting the Single Market. The second study mapped the contribution of EU Agencies to the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Junker Commission Agenda.
In their discussions, delegates agreed that EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings fill important gaps in the EU framework, and were created to resolve and prevent crises. The EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings are well known in their policy areas but, according to delegates, they can lack overall visibility toward EU citizens and other key players at the national level; something that attendees urged the Agencies Forum to work to overcome.
The Forum was organised by the EU Agencies Network, set up by the Heads of EU Agencies as a collective voice for the Agencies to coordinate, exchange information and agree common positions of shared interest.
Watch the highlights of the EU Agencies Forum here.
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Welcome and introduction, Keynote speeches
Presentations of studies on EU Agencies and panel discussion on the results
Afternoon panel sessions I.
Panel session: Boosting Jobs, Growth and Investment
Panel session: Innovative Europe
Panel session: Citizens First!
Panel session: Justice and Home Affairs
Summary of panel sessions
EU Agencies – Way forward