Accountability of EU regulatory agencies

27-02-2015

A wide range of EU agencies have been set up to implement policy in specific fields, with the aim of simplifying procedures, ensuring cost-effectiveness, bringing outsourced activities closer to the final beneficiaries and improving visibility of the EU. A number are executive agencies directly supervised by the Commission, but the many autonomous regulatory agencies created have thrown up a series of problems linked to accountability and oversight by the EU institutions.

A wide range of EU agencies have been set up to implement policy in specific fields, with the aim of simplifying procedures, ensuring cost-effectiveness, bringing outsourced activities closer to the final beneficiaries and improving visibility of the EU. A number are executive agencies directly supervised by the Commission, but the many autonomous regulatory agencies created have thrown up a series of problems linked to accountability and oversight by the EU institutions.