Final step for EU agencies deal
After several months of negotiations with the European Parliament and Council, a joint statement on the future management of decentralised agencies has been signed on behalf of the European Commission by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič.
The common approach, agreed in June, was endorsed by VP Šefčovič, European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Andreas Mavroyiannis, Deputy Minister for European Affairs, representing the Cyprus Presidency.
The common approach is designed to improve the agencies' governance and efficiency, and make them a more effective tool in implementing the policies of the EU. It includes a number of improvements to the management of these agencies, including the need for an objective impact assessment before deciding to create a new agency, criteria for the choice of the seat and the introduction of sunset or review clauses foreseeing the option of merging or closing down agencies.
The Commission will propose a roadmap for implementing the agreement by the end of 2012 at the latest, taking into account the unique features of each agency.
Joint Statement [151 KB] on the future management of decentralised agencies
Common Approach [959 KB] (Annex)