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Governance of EU-OSHA

Governance of EU-OSHA

Governance is the process of setting strategic goals and direction, and ensuring accountability.

EU-OSHA is a tripartite organization that is committed to good governance. Good governance includes a number of elements, such as openness and responsiveness, transparency, compliance, effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.

As an EU agency, the Governing Board and its Bureau together with the Director play a fundamental role in implementing the principles of good governance.

Why governance matters

Good governance ensures that the Agency’s activities reflect the broader interests, meet the stakeholders’ expectations and are relevant for those affected. It ensures that human and financial resources to achieve the objectives are allocated efficiently and effectively.  By enhancing transparency, good governance fosters accountability towards stakeholders and EU citizens.

The following sections describe how EU-OSHA achieves good governance.

Key decision makers

The Director: The Board appoints the Director of the Agency in accordance with the founding regulation. The term of office is five years and can be renewed only once.

The current Director is Dr Christa Sedlatschek. She is responsible for the management of the Agency, supported by the senior staff, and is accountable to the Board.

The Governing Board: The Board sets the Agency’s strategies and goals and holds the Director accountable. It includes representatives of:

  • Governments
  • Employers
  • Workers
  • The European Commission

The role of Chair of the Governing Board rotates among the representatives of the three interest groups of governments, employers and workers.

The Bureau: This is a smaller steering group drawn from the membership of the Board. It oversees the preparation and implementation of Board decisions.

Advisory groups provide the Agency with strategic guidance and feedback on our work. Their members are appointed by EU-OSHA and its Board and include individuals from workers’ and employers’ groups and government.

Achieving transparency and accountability

Transparency is a pre-requisite of accountability.

To ensure transparency, the Agency makes key documents publicly available. These include the corporate strategy, the programming documents and the activity reports, the annual budgets, accounts and reports of the Court of Auditors.

The Director, senior staff and members of the Governing Board have to declare their interests (Read EU-OSHA’s policy on conflicts of interest). The minutes of the meetings of the Board are publicly available.

A number of accountability arrangements are in place.

As Authorising Officer, the Director has to get a discharge in relation to the implementation of the budget from the European Parliament upon a recommendation from the Council.

The Board also plays a major role by providing an opinion on the Director’s annual activity report and on the annual accounts and by adopting the Agency’s annual report. Furthermore, the Board decides on recruitment and renewal of the Director. The Board also adopts the Agency’s corporate strategy, programming documents and annual budgets.

The Agency relies on a set of Internal Control Standards aimed to ensure the achievement of its objectives. As a result, the Agency established the organizational structure and the internal control systems that are in line with the standards and with the risk environment in which it operates.

As part of the internal control systems in place to ensure legality and regularity, the Agency implements specific measures to prevent and detect fraudulent behaviours, including an anti-fraud strategy.

EU-OSHA is subject to internal and external audits providing independent advice, opinions and recommendations on the quality and functioning of internal control systems and on the Agency’s compliance with EU financial and other regulations.

The Governing Board adopted the European Code of Good Administrative Behaviour.

See the membership of the Board and Bureau and learn more about their role.