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EU Agencies in the Post-Lisbon - Regulatory Framework


25 Apr 2016 to 26 Apr 2016



Event Type

S - Workshop, course


Science & Policymaking

Event Location


Event Description

Target group
This seminar addresses the needs of state officials, national civil servants, private lawyers and legal counsels of economic operators who, in the framework of their function, are in professional contact with any of the numerous EU agencies. Moreover, this event is also highly useful to the staff of these agencies (legal departments, or in charge of inter-institutional relations, etc.) as well as to EU officials from other EU institutions and bodies (e.g. the Commission, the European Parliament, the EU Ombudsman, the Court of Justice of the European Union, etc.) as they will obtain a fresh update of the regulatory framework in which their work is set. Other members of the legal and judicial professions and academics, who have a professional or research interest in EU agencies and the way they work will also benefit from this seminar.

The Treaty of Lisbon marked a new step in the perennial debate over EU agencies, their powers and functioning, and their positioning within the EU organisational structure. Indeed, the reforms enacted by Lisbon inaugurate a new legal and institutional framework with a number of major practical implications for EU agencies. Against this backdrop, and going beyond purely legalistic considerations, this seminar has a pragmatic vocation as it will strive to describe the regulatory setting wherein the EU agencies work. It will also provide guidance on the fundamental procedures in which the agencies intervene, and interact with Member State officials and representatives of private commercial interests (scientific substantiation, handling highly technical-issues, risk assessment, rule-making procedures, etc.). Moreover, it will analyse the mechanisms for potential administrative and/or jurisdictional review of EU agencies’ acts, and discuss the legal standing of these agencies before the EU Courts. Last but not least, this seminar will contribute to the debate over EU agencies by addressing issues such as the agencies’ competences and the current calls to revise the so-called Meroni doctrine, which provides the benchmarks for delimiting their powers.

Learning methodology
Experts and representatives from EU agencies and institutions, private legal practice, academics as well as EIPA experts will lead the seminar. They will provide participants with both theoretical background information and practical illustrations on the issues covered. This combination of comparative and practical approach will depict in a thorough manner the implications of the new regulatory framework in which EU agencies currently operate, whilst also allowing for a commented and critical review of the procedures in which they intervene.

The different sessions will take the format of interactive presentations, workshops or case study discussions. All sessions will include Q&A opportunities and the possibility to share views and experiences. 

Participants will gain a deeper insight into the role, tasks, powers and operation of EU agencies. They will obtain in particular a practical understanding of the different procedures which have been established for the exercise of agencies’ powers (participation of EU agencies in EU rule-making, in the conclusion of international agreements, in the provision of scientific and technical expertise, etc.). Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to discuss about the role and powers of the EU agencies’ Boards of Appeal. The seminar will also be a forum where to learn about the new legal standing of agencies before the EU courts as well as the possibility to subject their acts to legal review, and to obtain guidance on how to intervene in litigation where agencies are involved as one of the parties. Moreover, the seminar will provide an informed outlook on how to deal with EU agencies in specific contexts (i.e. registration and authorisation procedures).


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