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The EU Agencies save national administrations up to €200 million of public money


The EU Agencies Network, a representative body for the 45 Agencies and Joint Undertakings, presented today at the European Parliament two new studies on the economic and political impact of the agencies in the European Union. According to these studies, the EU Agencies represent less than 0.8% of the EU’s annual budget and could save up to €200 million in costs to national administrations.

Today, the 45 EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings have presented two new studies: one analysing the cost-effectiveness of EU Agencies and how these reduce the overall costs to taxpayers and a second one on their contribution to the 2020 Juncker Agenda.

The studies were presented this morning and they will be followed by panel discussions today and tomorrow at the European Parliament (please see agenda below). President Martin Schulz and Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission, are confirmed speakers at the event.

António Campinos, Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) which is currently Chair of the EU Agencies Network, said: “The EU Agencies are the familiar face of the EU for many Europeans, delivering essential services on the ground for a relatively small proportion of the overall EU budget - less than 0.8%, to be exact. In other terms, they cost €1.23 euros per EU citizen. The cost-benefit ratio is hence very positive, and as the EU Parliament study has shown, agencies save national administrations many millions every year, by delivering synergies and preventing duplication of efforts in each Member State." 

Watch the streaming of the conference sessions using these links:

6 December
10.00-12.30 Welcome and introduction
14.00-15.45 Panel session: Boosting Jobs, Growth and Investment  / Panel session: Citizens First!
16.15-18.00 Panel session: Justice and Home Affairs  /  Panel session: Innovative Europe

7 December
10.00-12.15 Summary of panel sessions and way forward


Learn more about the studies

How do EU agencies and other bodies contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy and to the Juncker Commission Agenda?

Study by Deloitte, commissioned by the EU Agencies Network

This report looks at how the Agencies contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy and the Juncker Agenda on various aspects of our everyday lives.

Executive summary

The Cost of Non-Agencies with Relevance to the Internal Market

Study by the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services, commissioned by the European Parliament

This report shows that the Agencies reduce the overall costs to taxpayers.

Executive summary