On 17th February 2010, the Heads of the European Union agencies met with the European Commission President, Barroso. President Barroso stressed in his speech that European agencies play a significant role in European Union governance today and recalled the necessity of European Union
institutions addressing important issues raised by these agencies, as had been stressed in the Commission's 2008 Communication to the European Parliament and the Council entitled 'European Agencies – The Way Forward'. This article is aimed at assessing the follow-up given to this 2008
Communication, by first of all describing the genesis of the 2008 Commission's Communication, then by studying which type of decentralized organization – 'European regulatory agency' – the Commission has concentrated on in its Communication and, finally, by analyzing on which bases
the Commission has intended to relaunch the interinstitutional debate in order to assess whether an effective follow-up was given to it. More than two years have elapsed since the Commission adopted the Communication. The Commission had at that time announced that the first results could be
envisaged for the end of 2009.
Review of European Administrative Law (REALaw) is a law review, published twice a year (online and in print), in the English language edited at the Department of Administrative Law and Public Administration of the University of Groningen and the Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law and the Europa Instituut of Utrecht University. Review of European Administrative Law provides a forum for the discussion of issues in the development of European administrative law. The journal aims to cover all aspects of European administrative law, reflecting the role of the European Union, the role of domestic legal orders and their mutual relation and influence.