Conceptualization of Agencification of EU Governance

ARENA organizes the first workshop of the research network TARN on the agencification of EU governance in Oslo on 1-2 February 2016.

Workshop conveners:
Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal

The Jean Monnet network TARN, composed of nine partners from various disciplines, will promote the multi- and interdisciplinary research needed to address the many facets of the problems posed by the agencification process. TARN research will entail perspectives from law, social and political sciences and public administration. The network will stimulate research on the following three themes:

Constitutionality, powers and legitimacy of EU agencies: Post Lisbon, agencies lack a constitutional position in Articles 290-291 TFEU. What is the role of agencies within the institutional balance, in view of their hybrid character and their dual harnessing of expertise and administrative capacity outside the executive competence of the EU Commission? What constitutes the legitimacy of agency-like bodies? What does the concept of independence entail? What can be learned from institutions such as the European Central Bank?

Globalisation of agencification: What is the legal character of the various forms of agreements that agencies conclude with third countries and international organisations? Has their increasingly global competence brought about a shift in the EU’s institutional balance? Are globalisation processes leading to the establishment of transnational agencies and processes of knowledge production?

EU agencies’ functional operation and effectiveness: In their great diversity, agencies nevertheless raise one common question: how might they best be organised in order to furnish optimal efficacy? The question of effectiveness extends beyond issues of technical capacity to encompass instead internal organisational issues, such as budgetary sufficiency, protocols of understanding between European and national actors, issues of staff management, as well as internal structures of good governance.

Based on these themes, this first workshop will discuss papers of a conceptual, theoretical or state-of the-art nature.



Monday 1 February 2016


12.00-13.00     Lunch


First session, 13.00-15.00

Chair: Morten Egeberg, University of Oslo

The multi-level administration of the EU: Transnational coordination through national and supranational bureaucracies
Tobias Bach, University of Oslo
Eva Ruffing, University of Hamburg

Agencification of the European Union administration: Connecting the dots
Morten Egeberg, University of Oslo
Jarle Trondal, University of Agder and University of Oslo

Regulating complexity in the European Union: The role of the European Centre for Decease Prevention and Control in the H1N1 case
Jinhee Kim, Maastricht University
Esther Versluis, Maastricht University

Commission’s power on the rise: The role of ACER for the European energy security
Elina Brutschin, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
Johannes Pollak, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna


Second session, 15.30-17.30

Chair: Michelle Everson, Birkbeck College, London

Only connect! International agency networks in the ICT sector
Olga Batura, University of Bremen and University of Luneburg

‘Prophets of integration’: EU agencies and their international roots
Jacopo Alberti, University of Pavia

Dilemmas of legitimacy and effectiveness in ESMA’s soft rule-making process
Marloes van Rijsbergen, University of Utrecht

Beyond metaphors: Exploring networked patterns of transgovernmental relations
Machiel van der Heijden, University of Leiden
Kutsal Yesilkagit, University of Leiden


19.00    Workshop dinner at Bølgen & Moi Tjuvholmen Restaurant.


Tuesday 2 February 2015

Third session, 09.30-11.30

Chair: Ellen Vos, Maastricht University

ESMA supervising: On the interaction between EU and national legal orders
Marloes van Rijsbergen, University of Utrecht
Miroslava Scholten, University of Utrecht

The legitimacy of (empowering) EU agencies post-Short-selling
Merijn Chamon, University of Gent

EU agencies as complementary centres of administrative power: A normative and jurisdictional perspective on the polarisation of EU executive
Carlo Tovo, University of Bologna

Agencification by stealth: On the eroding constitutional bases to assess the establishment and empowerment of EU agencies
Andreas Orator, WU Vienna University of Economics


11.30-12.30     Lunch


Fourth session, 12.30-14.30

Chair: Jarle Trondal, University of Agder and University of Oslo

The dynamics of agencification in Europe: The case of the institutionalization of the CESR
Martino Maggetti, University of Lausanne

The effect of European Union agencies on the expertise-executive nexus in the European Commission
Åse Gornitzka, University of Oslo

The European Parliament oversight of EU agencies through written questions
Nuria Font, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Accountability regimes and the EU’s agency world
Johannes Pollak, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
Michael Buess, University of Lucerne


Practical information

Participation upon invitation


ARENA Centre for European Studies
Published Dec. 21, 2015 10:25 AM - Last modified Feb. 3, 2016 2:13 PM