Agencies and Bodies

Welcome to the home page of the Agencies, Foundations and Centres set up by a European Commission or a European Council decision but working entirely as autonomous bodies. For further information please contact them individually. Links to new servers will be introduced periodically.


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European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (E.M.E.A.)

In a real single market, pharmaceutical products should be marketed with identical conditions of usage, and should benefit from an independent and experienced and scientifically based evaluation, protecting both the consumer and the industry. With its base in London, E.M.E.A. became operational on 1 January 1995.

The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products server describes its detailed objectives and tasks. It provides information on the new procedures for authorising medicinal products in the EU as well as the telephone numbers and addresses of essential contact people. You will also find information on the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products (CPMP), as well as the Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products (CVMP) which was set up to assist E.M.E.A.


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European Environment Agency (EEA)

The EEA and its wider network, EIONET, were set up in Copenhagen in 1994 in order to deliver high quality environmental information to the Member States of the European Union, as well as to the general public. The main aims of the Agency are to describe the present and foreseeable state of the environment as well as to provide relevant information for the implementation of Community's environment policy.

The European Environment Agency server provides information on EEA's "missions and expectations", "products and services" and "organisation and staff". You will also find a presentation page of the EEA's wider data management team, EIONET, as well as links to other relevant environmental Web servers. An executive summary of the fifth Action Programme on the environment in the European Union and a summary of the main European issues concerning health and environment are both new additions to this server.


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European Training Foundation

The European Training Foundation was inaugurated in Turin, Italy in January 1995. This agency was set up to coordinate and support all EU activities in the field of post-compulsory education. This was part of the overall Phare and Tacis Programmes for economic restructuring in the Partner States of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The European Training Foundation server provides information on its background, tasks and aims. A survey of the Partner States and a detailed description of the Tacis and Phare programmes.


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The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

CEDEFOP was established in Berlin in 1975, but has recently moved to Thessaloniki, Greece. The Centre is contributing to the development of vocational training in Europe through its academic and technical activities.

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training server provides information about the Centre, useful contact addresses and links to other relevant servers.


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European Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

EMCDDA was established in 1994 and located in Lisbon. The Centre's aim is to provide "objective, reliable and comparable information at European level concerning drugs, drug addiction and their consequences". As the drug phenomenon comprises many complex and closely interwoven aspects, the Centre has the task of providing an overall statistical, documentary and technical picture of the drug problem to the Member States and the Community Institutions as they embark on combat measures.


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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions is an autonomous body established by the European Community by a Council of Ministers' decision in 1975. Located in Dublin, Ireland, its aim is "to contribute to the planning and establishment of better working and living conditions through action designed to increase and disseminate knowledge likely to assist this development". Its principle task is to advise the Community institutions on foreseeable objectives and guidelines by forwarding in particular scientific information and technical data.


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Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)

OHIM (Trade Marks and Designs), began its work on 1. September 1994 in Alicante, Spain. The Office is responsible for the registration and subsequent administration of Community trade marks, and in the future Community designs, which have effect throughout the European Union. The aim of the OHIM is to contribute to harmonization in the internal market in the domain of intellectual property, and in particular, the domain of trade marks and designs.


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Community Plant Variety Rights Office

The Community Plant Variety Rights Office is now operational since 27 April 1995, and is temporarily located in Brussels. It's an entirely independent body of the European Union. The Office is exclusively responsible for the implementation of the new regime of Community plant variety rights, like patents and copyrights. Since 27 April 1995, plant breeders may ask for protection throughout the European Union by a single application to the Community Plant Variety Rights Office.


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European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work was launched on 27 October 1995 in Bilbao, Spain where it will be located. In order to encourage improvements, especially in the working environment, as regards the protection of the safety and health of workers as provided for in the Treaty, the aim of the Agency is to provide the Community bodies, the Member States and those involved with all relevant technical, scientific and economic information. The Agency's first priority is to create a network linking up national information networks and facilitate the provision of information in the field of safety and health at work.


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Translation Centre for Bodies in the European Union

The Translation Centre for Bodies in the European Union was set up in 1994 in Luxembourg. The Centre is carrying out the necessary translations for the bodies and agencies mentioned above, with the exception of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.


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