Terminology resources of EU bodies and agencies

DomainName (Acronym)DescriptionRules and RegulationsOrganisation chartTerminologyAnnual ReportBudget/ Accounts/ FinancialWork programmeOther documents
EnergyAgency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)The purpose of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) is to assist national electricity and gas regulatory authorities in exercising at Community level, the regulatory tasks performed in the Member States and, where necessary, to coordinate their action. Rules of procedureChartA.R.W.P.EU Legislation
ResearchARTEMIS Joint Undertaking (Artemis)The ARTEMIS JU implements significant parts of the Strategic Research Agenda cofunded by industry, research organisations, participating Member States and the Commission’s own ICT programme. The ARTEMIS JU manages and coordinates research activities through open calls for proposals.RegulationChartA.R.DocumentsW.P.Publications
Electronic communicationsBody of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC Office)The BEREC Office is set up to provide administrative and professional support to the BEREC, which advises the European Commission and the national regulatory authorities (NRAs), and assists the European Parliament and Council, on issues related to the application of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications.RegulationChartA.R.BudgetW.P.Other
Employment, Social Affairs and Equal OpportunitiesEuropean Commission – DG EMPL – Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (DG EMPL)The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities works towards the creation of more and better jobs, an inclusive society and equal opportunities for all.A.R.
Vocational TrainingEuropean Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)CEDEFOP, established in 1975, is a European agency that seeks to promote and develop vocational education and training in the European Union (EU). It is the EU’s reference centre for vocational education and training.Founding Reg
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PoliceEuropean Police College (CEPOL)CEPOL is an EU agency, established in 2005. CEPOL’s mission is to bring together senior police officers from police forces in Europe – essentially to support the development of a network – and encourage cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime, public security, law and order by organising training activities and research findings.RegulationChartGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.Other
Plant varietiesCommunity Variety Plant Office (CPVO)A system for the protection of plant variety rights has been established by Community legislation. The system allows intellectual property rights, valid throughout the Community, to be granted for plant varieties. The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) implements and applies this scheme.REGULATIONChartA.R.BudgetStrategic Plan
Air transportClean Sky Joint Undertaking (CSJU)Clean Sky is a ‘Joint Technology Initiative’ (JTI), created by the European Commission, whose objective is to develop breakthrough technologies to significantly improve the impact of air transport on the environment.Legal basisOrganisationGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsOther
Education, Audiovisual and CultureEducation, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)The Agency’s mandate covers a variety of Europe and worldwide opportunities for organisations, professionals and individuals. Seven key Community programmes have been partly or fully delegated to the EACEA: Lifelong Learning, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Culture, Youth in Action, Europe for Citizens and Media, and several international Cooperation Agreements in the field of higher education.Legal backgroundChartGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsOther
Competitiveness and InnovationExecutive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)The Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation manages the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme on behalf of the European Commission.Legal backgroundChartFinancial information
Health and ConsumersExecutive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC)The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (formerly the Public Health Executive Agency) was created on 1 January 2005. The EAHC implements the EU Health Programme, the Consumer Programme and the Better Training for Safer Food initiative. The Agency provides a professional service in performing the tasks and activities entrusted to it by the European Commission, and works closely with the Directorate-General for ‘Health and Consumers’.Decision
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Aviation SafetyEuropean Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)The European Aviation Safety Agency is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Its mission is to promote the highest possible common standards of safety and environmental protection in the field of civil aviation.Founding regulationChartIn IATEA.R.Financial informationW.P.Other
AsylumEuropean Asylum Support Office (EASO)The aim of EASO is to facilitate, coordinate and strengthen practical cooperation among Member States in the field of asylum and improve the implementation of the EU’s Common European Asylum System. Some Member States are faced with specific and disproportionate pressures on their asylum and reception systems, due in particular to their geographical or demographic situation. The European Asylum Support Office is intended to help them by fostering solidarity within the Union so as to promote a better relocation of beneficiaries of international protection between Member States, while ensuring that asylum and reception systems are not abused.Background docsChartA.R.BudgetW.P.
BankingEuropean Banking Authority  (EBA)The European Banking Authority (EBA) contributes to ensuring an effective and consistent level of regulation and supervision in its areas of competence, with a view to improving the functioning of the EU internal market. It promotes the stability of the financial system, the transparency of markets and financial products, and the protection of depositors and investors.FoundingChartIn IATEA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
Disease Prevention and ControlEuropean Centre for Disease Prevention and Control  (ECDC)The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was established in 2005. It is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe’s defences against infectious diseases. The ECDC’s mission is to identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases.RegulationsChartA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.Other
ChemicalsEuropean Chemicals Agency (ECHA)The Agency manages the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes for chemical substances to ensure consistency across the European Union. These REACH processes are designed to provide additional information on chemicals, to ensure their safe use, and to ensure competitiveness of the European chemicals industry.Founding regulationChartIn IATEA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
DefenceEuropean Defence Agency  (EDA)The European Defence Agency has been created to help EU Member States develop their defence capabilities for crisis-management operations under the European Security and Defence Policy.Financial and procurement rulesChartGlossary A.R.Financial reports
Data ProtectionEuropean Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)The EDPS’ general objective is to ensure that the EU institutions and bodies respect the right to privacy when they process personal data and develop new policies.ChartGlossary A.R.Other
EnvironmentEuropean Environment Agency (EEA)The EEA is an EU agency. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. The EEA is a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, as well as the general public.EEA RegulationChartGlossaryA.R.BudgetW.P.Other
FisheriesEuropean Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA)The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is an EU body established in 2005 to organise operational coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities by the Member States and to assist them to cooperate in order to comply with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy in order to ensure its effective and uniform application.LegislationA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
Food SafetyEuropean Food Safety Authority (EFSA)EFSA was set up in January 2002 as part of a comprehensive programme to improve EU food safety, ensure a high level of consumer protection and restore and maintain confidence in the EU food supply.Legal foundationChartIn IATEA.R.FundingW.P.Other
Gender EqualitEuropean Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)The European Institute for Gender Equality is an EU agency created to support the Member States and the European institutions (in particular the Commission) in their efforts to promote gender equality, fight discrimination based on sex and raise awareness of gender issues.Rules & RegulationA.R.BudgetW.P.Other
Insurance and Occupational PensionsEuropean Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) supports the stability of the financial system, transparency of markets and financial products. The EIOPA also ensures the protection of insurance policyholders, pension scheme members and beneficiaries.Legal frameworkChartGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
Innovation and TechnologyEuropean Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)The EIT’s mission is to grow and capitalise on the innovation capacity and capability of players in the fields of higher education, research, business and entrepreneurship from the EU and beyond through the creation of highly integrated Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).Founding regulationChartA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.Other
MedicinesEuropean Medicines Agency (EMA, ex EMEA)The European Medicines Agency is a decentralised body of the European Union. Its main responsibility is the protection and promotion of public and animal health, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use.Legal foundationChartIn IATEA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
Drugs and Drug AddictionEuropean Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)The EMCDDA was set up to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate.REGULATIONOrganisationIn IATEA.R.Accounts
Maritime SafetyEuropean Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)The European Maritime Safety Agency contributes to the enhancement of the overall maritime safety system in the Community. It seeks to reduce the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships and the loss of human lives at sea.Legal basis ChartA.R.BudgetW.P.R. procedure
NanoelectronicsENIAC JU (ENIAC JU)The ENIAC Joint Undertaking was created in order to implement a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) on Nanoelectronics – a research programme aimed at enhancing the further integration and miniaturisation of devices and increasing their functionalities.Founding regulationChartA.R.BudgetW.P.
Information SecurityEuropean Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) ENISA’s mission is essential for achieving a high and effective level of Network and Information Security within the European Union. Together with the EU institutions and Member States, ENISA seeks to develop a culture of Network and Information Security for the benefit of citizens, consumers, businesses and public sector organisations in the European Union.Regulatory frameworkChartGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
RailwayEuropean Railway Agency (ERA)The Agency was established to provide the EU Member States and the Commission with technical assistance in the fields of railway safety and interoperability. This involves the development and implementation of Technical Specifications for Interoperability and a common approach to questions concerning railway safety. The Agency’s ’main task is to manage the preparation of these measures.Founding regulationChartGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.Other
ResearchEuropean Research Council Executive Agency (ERC)The ERC is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.Legal basisOrganisationGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
Securities and MarketsEuropean Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)ESMA is an independent EU Authority that contributes to safeguarding the stability of the European Union’s financial system. It ensures the integrity, transparency, efficiency and orderly functioning of securities markets, and enhances investor protection.Founding textsChartA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
TrainingEuropean Training Foundation (ETF)The ETF was established to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of the EU partner countries. Its mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU’s external relations policy.RegulationChartA.R.DocumentsW.P.Other
Safety and HealthEuropean Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)Set up in 1996 by the European Union, EU-OSHA is the main EU point of reference for health and safety at work.Legal basisChartGlossaryA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
Living and Working ConditionsEuropean Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFUND)The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions is an EU body, one of the first to be established to work in specialised areas of EU policy. It was set up to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.Founding regulationOrganisationGlossaryA.R.Revenue
Judicial CooperationEuropean Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST)Eurojust is a judicial cooperation body created to help provide safety in the field of freedom, security and justice. Eurojust was set up to assist the fight against serious crime by facilitating the optimal coordination of action for investigations and prosecutions covering the territory of more than one Member State with full respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.Legal frameworkChartA.R.BudgetW.P.
PoliceEuropean Police Office (EUROPOL)Europol is the European Law Enforcement Agency which aims at improving the effectiveness and cooperation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and other serious forms of organised crime.Legal frameworkChartA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.
SatellitesEuropean Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)The mission of the European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) is to support the decision-making of the European Union by providing analysis of satellite imagery and collateral data. The EUSC is an agency of the Council of the European Union. It is one of the key institutions for the European Union’s Security and Defence policy, and the only one in the field of space.Founding regulation ; Staff regulationsChartA.R.Budget
Fusion for EnergyFusion for Energy (F4E)The European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy or ‘Fusion for Energy’ works towards the development of fusion as a future source of energy.Legal basisOrganisationA.R.Annual accountsW.P.
Fuel Cells and HydrogenFuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.Founding documentsA.R.Budget & accountsOther
Fundamental RightsEuropean Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is an advisory body of the European Union. It was established in 2007 by a legal act of the European Union. The FRA helps to ensure that fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. The FRA also informs people about their fundamental rights. In doing so, it helps to make fundamental rights a reality for everyone in the European Union.Rules of Procedure
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External BordersEuropean Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX)Frontex, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders, was created as a specialised and independent body tasked to coordinate the operational cooperation between Member States in the field of border security. Frontex complements and provides particular added value to the national border management systems of the Member States.Legal basisChartIn IATEA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.Guidelines
Navigation SatelliteEuropean GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA)An official European Union Regulatory Authority, the European GNSS Supervisory Authority manages all public interests relating to European GNSS programmes. GSA strategic objectives include the achievement of a fully operational GALILEO system. This includes the groundwork for a fully sustainable and economically viable system.Financial regulation ; OthersChartA.R.Financial documentsW.P.
Innovative MedicineInnovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking (IMI)The IMI is a unique partnership between the European Community and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). The aim of IMI is to support the faster discovery and development of better medicines for patients and to enhance Europe’s competitiveness by ensuring that its biopharmaceutical sector remains a dynamic high-technology sector.Legal basisChartA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.Other docs
Freedom, security and justiceEuropean Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (IT-Agency)The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (“IT-Agency”) will manage the sharing of data on security, visa applications, and asylum seekers’ and illegal immigrants’ fingerprints. The IT systems managed by this agency include the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), the Visa Information System (VIS) and EURODAC. The agency will also be responsible for the management of any other IT systems which might be developed in the area of freedom, security and justice in the future. The agency will keep these large-scale IT systems functioning 24/7, ensuring a continuous flow of data among the Member States.Founding regulationA.R.W.P.
Internal MarketOffice for Harmonization in the Internal Market – Trade Marks and Designs (OHIM)The OHIM is the official trade marks and designs registration office of the European Union. The Community trade mark (CTM) and registered Community design (RCD) are the gateway to the European single market – providing protection for Intellectual Property Rights throughout the European Union.RegulationChartClassificationsA.R. 2012Budget & accountsRegulation
ComplaintsThe European Ombudsman (OMBUDSMAN)The European Ombudsman investigates complaints concerning maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.Ombudsman’s duties
Research and innovationResearch Executive Agency (REA)The Research Executive Agency is a funding body created by the European Commission to foster excellence in research and innovation. It manages large parts of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (FP7), the main EU funding package to respond to Europe’s needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness in the global knowledge economy.Founding regulationChartA.R.Budget & accounts
Sky Research and air traffic managementSESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR)The SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) programme is one of the most ambitious research and development projects ever launched by the European Community. Its mission is to develop a modernised air traffic management system for Europe. This future system will ensure the safety and fluidity of air transport over the next thirty years, will make flying more environmentally friendly and reduce the costs of air traffic management.Founding regulation ; Financial rulesDictionaryA.R.Budget & accounts
TransportTrans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-TEA)The Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA), established by the European Commission, is responsible for managing the technical and financial implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme, one of the most important means of infrastructure funding. Its mission is to support the European Commission and TEN-T project managers and promoters, by ensuring the technical and financial management of the projects and the successful implementation of the TEN-T Programme.Legal frameworkChartA.R.Budget & accountsW.P.