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 11: Third countries in EU agencies: participation and influence

Marja-Liisa Öberg

Abstract

The EU’s practice of exporting its acquis to third countries is increasingly coupled with the integration of third countries in the work of the EU agencies. The reasons for including third countries vary, as do the forms and intensity of this cooperation. This chapter aims to assess the possibilities for non-EU member states - in particular, those that adopt and implement the EU acquis in their national legal orders - to influence the content of the EU acquis via their involvement in the EU agencies. As a general conclusion, the bigger the stake of third countries in the internal market and other EU policies and the more extensive their commitment to the EU acquis, the greater their potential impact in agencies and on the shaping of the acquis that they are bound to adopt and implement.

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