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EU Agencies and social media

posted Aug 24, 2011, 3:48 AM by Henk Visser   [ updated Aug 25, 2011, 7:43 AM ]

Also the EU Agencies are active on social media such a facebook and twitter and their their own RSS feeds allowing to get the latest news instantly.

Below an overview of the relevant links:

The ECDC has its own TV page:


posted Aug 24, 2011, 1:47 AM by Henk Visser   [ updated Aug 24, 2011, 8:32 AM ]

On 18 July 2011 the European Commission adopted the new IPA multibeneficiary programme 2011. The support to the Agencies is part of this programme, so as of this day Agencies may submit their project descriptions for approval in order to obtain the grant from the EC in shape of a Contribution Agreement with an International Organisation.
Have a look at: for the templates, etc.

Attached is the Commission Decision, Financing Proposal and the Project Fiche.

In the 'files' section of this website I will upload the draft proposals received for information and inspiration.

Consultation on follow up of Instrument of Pre-accession (IPA)

posted Mar 3, 2011, 3:30 AM by Henk Visser   [ updated Aug 24, 2011, 8:34 AM ]

DG Enlargement, together with DG Regional Development, Employment and Agriculture have launched a consultation on the successor of the Instrument for Pre–accession Assistance (IPA) post 2013.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather information to better explain the priorities and substantiate the added value of pre-accession assistance and to explore how pre-accession assistance might be improved in the next financial framework of the European Union.

The consultation is open to all interested stakeholders involved in the preparation and implementation of pre-accession assistance, particularly those from EU member states, IPA beneficiary countries, partner financial institutions, other bilateral donors, and civil society organisations. The results will form part of an evaluation on the future of pre-accession assistance post-2013.

The consultation runs until 31 March. The questionnaire will be available online from Monday 28th February until 31 March at the following link:

Exhibition of EU Agencies at the Europarliament from 31/01 - 03/02

posted Jan 21, 2011, 7:40 AM by Henk Visser

From Helsinki to Crete and from Lisbon to Vilnius, specialised agencies have been established to provide services, information and know-how to the European Union, its Member States and citizens.

The EU agencies are involved in many and varied activities: improving health, safety and the environment; safeguarding freedom, justice and security; supporting education, business and innovation; and developing transport and satellite infrastructure. Today the agencies play a key role in implementing EU policies and are making a valuable contribution to the EU 2020 strategic objectives.

As the European Parliament, Council and Commission work towards a common approach on agencies, we take stock of how far we have come and how we see ‘the way ahead’.

To inform the citizens, an exhibition named ‘EU agencies the way ahead’ will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels from 31 January to 3 February 2011. The exhibition forms part of a tailored communications plan drawn up by our network for the European Parliament to improve understanding of what agencies do and why they exist. A single exhibition stand serves as the focal point for a rich programme of activities, with 29 agencies presenting in four thematic clusters how they work together.

EU agencies meet Barroso

posted Mar 1, 2010, 5:09 AM by Henk Visser

The heads of EU Agencies met President Barroso in Brussels on 17th February to discuss ways to strengthen their partnership with the Commission and to share their views on the EU’s future approach to the governance of the Agencies.
The 27 EU Agencies were established to help implement EU policies more efficiently and to respond to particular needs identified by the EU institutions. Members of the EP and representatives of the Spanish Presidency also participated in the meeting.

“This was a very important opportunity for dialogue between the heads of the EU Agencies and the EU institutions. We work alongside the EU institutions, adding value by helping to implement policy and promote the sharing of information and expertise in areas as diverse as food safety, fundamental rights and gender equality, transport safety, training, medicines, the environment and public health – all areas that impact directly on the lives of Europe’s 500 million people,” said Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the agency which currently chairs the troika coordinating the Heads of Agencies network.

In its communication “European Agencies – the way forward” of March 2008, the Commission called upon the EP and Council to give a new momentum to the development of a clear and coherent vision on the place of Agencies in European governance. The discussions will feed into the inter-institutional dialogue on the future governance of the EU Agencies, which involves an evaluation of existing Agencies and reflections on changes which could be made to improve the system in the future.

The Agencies represent a significant presence within the EU with a combined staff of some 4,460 people in 2008, and a combined budget of around €1.24 billion, representing 1.03% of the overall EU budget of that year.

wirtten by Steve Pagan for Commion en direct 547 of 26/02/2010


posted Feb 23, 2010, 7:21 AM by Henk Visser

Role of Community agencies in EU enlargement process reinforced

The conference hosted by the EU drugs agency EMCDDA in Sintra (Lisbon, Portugal) on 25- 27 November 2009, was a huge success. It became apparent that such a joint event grouping all the Community Agencies who assist the candidate and potential candidates in joining the EU should be organised on a regular basis. Not only because it allows the beneficiaries of the preparatory measures to engage with each other and with the Agencies, but also because it allows them to interact with the relevant European Commission services. On top of that it gives the participants the opportunity to take stock of the progress made, (re-)commit to the strategies regarding joining the Agencies and to prepare subsequent actions.

The following recommendations were drafted at this conference:

Community agencies should:

  • strengthen the management, design and implementation of projects via more realistic needs’ assessment and the planning of activities with the countries;
  • ensure that projects are more flexible in adapting to the changing reality of countries;
  • ensure that cooperation with the countries is more visible and that information is disseminated at national level on the EU agenda and activities;
  • continue to integrate and associate national experts in relevant working groups and technical meetings so as to facilitate the ‘learning by doing’ process.   


Candidate and potential candidate countries should:

  • have one national policy, strategy and structure at sectorial level to support and monitor cooperation with the Community agencies;
  • strengthen the coordination of stakeholders at national level and further support the role of the IPA national coordinating body, so as to guarantee the political responsibility for cooperation.
  • establish consolidated management structures, at least at Ministerial level, so that they can fully benefit from technical assistance and ensure that the national counterparts have the required mandate and level of competence.


European Commission should:

  • strengthen the coordination mechanisms and the communication flow between the different EU services and institutions, in order to ensure that activities complement each other and are supported by all EU bodies;
  • integrate in its medium- and long-term perspectives the need for the countries to have more time and resources to fully benefit from their participation in Community agencies;
  • maintain a realistic approach in its contracting procedures and its expectations towards the Community agencies so as to ensure that the technical assistance projects can really meet the needs of the partner countries.


New communication tool

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:44 PM by Henk Visser   [ updated Feb 23, 2010, 7:00 AM ]

In an attempt to coordinate our actions and to allow other relevant stakeholders to learn more about these actions, I have created this website. All of you will may post messages and may add new events to our common calendar on the homepage. In case you have trouble in this feel free to contact me or email me your contributions so that I can upload these.

Happy networking!

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