Commission, Parliament and Council move on with discussions on European Agencies and agree a roadmap for the work ahead
After launching a dialogue on the functioning of European agencies last year, political leaders from the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the European Union met again on 19 May in Strasbourg to take stock of the ongoing discussions and agree on a roadmap for the work ahead. The three institutions committed to finding common ground on how to improve agencies' work in 2011.
European Commission Vice-President, Maroš Šefčovič, said: "Without a clear and shared understanding of what agencies should or should not do, and how they should do it, we risk not getting the most out of them. Both the institutions and the agencies would benefit from a clearer picture of how we interact. So we all have an interest in identifying how we can improve agencies' governance and functioning, with a view to providing a better service to the European Institutions and to European citizens. I believe we are all determined to achieve a common approach on agencies among the three Institutions and I trust this can be done in 2011."