The External Dimension of EU Agencies and Bodies
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The External Dimension of EU Agencies and Bodies

Law and Policy

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

This timely book addresses urgent questions about the external actions of the EU’s decentralized agencies and their effects, such as how they should be conceptualized and assessed, and how these agencies can and should be governed in the future. Bringing together pioneering interdisciplinary work from European legal and political scholars, the book combines theory with empirical case studies to explore an underdeveloped field and identify a future research agenda.
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Chapter 8: Accountability challenges for EU agencies in the context of third country equivalence assessments

Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel


In addition to their roles in supporting EU internal policies, agencies are increasingly called upon to assess, in one way or another, the equivalence of third country legal regimes. This chapter will offer an overview of the equivalence procedures in place before reflecting on the accountability challenges specific to those procedures. To that extent, the first part will identify and classify varieties of agency intervention in different third country equivalence procedures. Analysing the legal basis for agency intervention and the specific powers granted to the respective agencies in that respect, this part will develop a topology of different equivalence roles conferred on EU agencies. Building on this analysis, the second part will examine the accountability features in place in order to identify a particular gap in those accountability features, and will propose a way forward to close this gap.

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