TARN has published a statement on EU Agencies reform. This statement includes five key recommendations which TARN considers necessary in constitutional terms, even if they are necessarily feasible to implement in the short term.

The TARN academic research network studies EU agencies in a way that is relevant for policy makers and actors within the EU institutional environment. Over the past three years, the network has engaged in widespread consultation with stakeholders and has prepared a series of policy recommendations which may be implemented within the current institutional environment. In addition, the TARN network has set out to find a longer-term constitutional perspective upon the appropriate place and framing of EU agencies within the Treaties and the operation of the EU institutional system.

This is a pressing issue, since the EU administration has so far been ‘agencified’ in absence of sound anchoring of the EU agencies in the EU Treaties leading to large heterogeneity of EU agencies, and numerous accountability concerns resulting in ‘overloaded’ and sometimes confusing set of control mechanisms.

Above all, where agencies have emerged as a form of EU ‘civil service’ with a useful and appropriate role in the development and even implementation of European policies and programmes, a pressing need has arisen to clarify the nature of agency mandates, and to secure the agency-instrument within the Treaties. If agencies are to retain their legitimacy as impartial bodies of expertise, they must first be supplied with clear and comprehensive mandates, even where those mandates detail a political programme.

By the same token, however, agencies must be given their own source of formal legitimacy through their recognition in and regulation by the European treaties.

The full statement is available here: TARN Statement

TARN Statement Available