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 10: Transferring the acquis through EU agencies: the case of the European Neighbourhood Policy countries

Dovile Rimkutė and Karina Shyrokykh


A large number of EU agencies are involved in transferring the EU acquis to European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries. Despite their active involvement in the EU neighbourhood, the external dimension of EU agencies remains largely unexplored _ that is, we do not know what explains the variance in agencies’ openness to participation by third countries. This study provides a systematic mapping of the transgovernmental outreach of EU agencies to ENP countries across different policy domains and explains the variance across agencies and countries. We find that cooperation between EU agencies and ENP countries is most advanced in policy fields marked by high sector-specific interdependencies.

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