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Annalisa Volpato and Ellen Vos

EU environmental law and policy-making is characterised by a plurality of institutional actors. While the Commission remains a central policy-maker, EU agencies play an increasingly important role in a number of environmentally sensitive domains. Although the EEA is the decentralised agency whose mission is most evidently related to the EU environmental policy, the role of other agencies also needs to be considered. This chapter focuses on the role of EU agencies in environmental law and policy and on the way they contribute to environmental protection, by mapping the different tasks attributed to them in this respect and analysing their contribution to integrating environmental concerns in EU governance and administration.

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Ellen Vos and Maria Weimer

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Michelle Everson and Ellen Vos

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Between Flexibility and Disintegration

The Trajectory of Differentiation in EU Law

Edited by Bruno De Witte, Andrea Ott and Ellen Vos

Differentiation was at first not perceived as a threat to the European project, but rather as a tool to promote further integration. Today, more EU policies than ever are marked by concentric circles of integration and a lack of uniform application. As the EU faces increasingly existential challenges, this timely book considers whether the proliferation of mechanisms of flexibility has contributed to this newly fragile state or whether, to the contrary, differentiation has been fundamental to integration despite the heterogeneity of national interests and priorities.
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Edited by Bruno De Witte, Andrea Ott and Ellen Vos

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Bruno De Witte, Andrea Ott and Ellen Vos

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Marjolein B.A. van Asselt and Ellen Vos

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Merijn Chamon, Herwig C.H. Hofmann and Ellen Vos

More than 40 years experience with the EU decentralized agencies has made clear that the agencies are part and parcel of the EU’s institutional structure. These agencies can broadly be defined as bodies governed by European public law that are institutionally separate from the EU institutions, have their own legal personality, enjoy a certain degree of administrative and financial autonomy, and have clearly specified tasks. ‘Agencification’ of EU executive governance has thus become a fundamental feature of the EU’s institutional structure. Today there are around 40 EU decentralized agencies, which assist in the implementation of EU law and policy, provide scientific advice for both legislation and implementation, collect information, provide specific services, adopt binding acts and fulfil central roles in the coordination of national authorities. Agencies are part of a process of functional decentralization within the EU executive and operate in various policy fields, such as food and air safety, medicines, environment, telecommunications, disease prevention, border control, trademarks and banking, to name just a few.