As one of the EU’s decentralised agencies, EU-OSHA is a distinct EU body. However, EU-OSHA maintains close relationships, both formal and informal, with EU institutions and many of its sister agencies, and sustains these links through a liaison office in Brussels.
Formal relationships with EU institutions are maintained in three ways:
- EU-OSHA provides information to EU institutions as well as to Member States, Social Partners and the occupational safety and health (OSH) community. The institutions are among the primary users of its products and services;
- EU-OSHA’s Governing Board includes the European Commission (EC), which has an important role in adopting the work programmes; and
- EU-OSHA’s budget is part of the general EU budget and determined through the general EU budgetary procedure.
Informal relationships also exist:
- EU-OSHA invites institutional representatives to participate in its various projects and networks. EC officials regularly serve on advisory or steering committees for EU-OSHA projects. Speakers or participants from the EC, European Parliament or other EU bodies are invited to EU-OSHA conferences;
- EU-OSHA cooperates with institutions on projects and events, and works with the Council on Presidency programmes, providing expertise, speakers or other support for Presidency events. Joint events are also organised with the European Parliament; and
- EU-OSHA is involved in the EU institutions’ committees and networks, such as the EC’s Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work and the Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee.
- EU-OSHA regularly informs and collaborates with the European Social Dialogue instances and the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committees.
- Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL): EU-OSHA consults with its Partner Directorate-General about its specific tasks as well as the planning of its work and resources.
- Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW): EU-OSHA works with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) to incorporate OSH activities into more areas of EU policy-making.
- Employment and Social Affairs Committee: regular briefings are given to key Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), on the Agency's activities.
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