Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

Daily Post Column

While they don't always have a high public profile, the agencies of the European Union have a very important role across all Member States. This has been evident in the midst of the refugee crisis, during which the work of agencies like Frontex, which assists with border management, and the European Asylum Support Office, has been invaluable.

Other EU agencies have roles that impact on each of us daily, even if we don't realise it. The European Food Safety Agency, for example, ensures food imported in to the EU meets minimum health standards. While the European Chemicals Agency ensures that chemicals sold in the EU meet safety requirements and that those which are dangerous have warnings to alert consumers. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work promotes safer, healthier and more productive workplaces across the EU, and the European Institute of Innovation and seeks to promote Europe’s ability to develop new technologies, by pooling its best scientific, business and education resources.

As is the case with the UK Government and its departments, part of the work of the European Parliament is to decide on the suitable budget allocations for each agency depending on the amount and type of work that they do. Of equal importance is the auditing and reviewing of agency spending to ensure taxpayer funds are used in the most effective way possible. This year, as Vice Chair of the Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee I have been appointed lead reporter on the review and sign off of the agencies budgets. This means conducting a detailed assessment of spending and operations across all 32 EU agencies and presenting my findings in reports to the Parliament. So this will be a big piece of work, but also a very important task which I take very seriously.

Or course, I'll still be doing my usual work in the constituency so as always, if you want to know more about this or another EU issue, or if there is something I can help you with please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can either email, or pop into my office in Wrexham or my outreach office in Holyhead.


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