© 2017, Centro Estudios Politicos Constitucionales. All rights reserved. The map of the AFSJ agencies is engaged into a process of changes that has already brought remarkable new features and that is still on going. The new legal and political framework of the Lisbon reform, which prompted the abolishment of the third pillar and the adoption of a Common Approach for decentralized agencies by the European institutions, has required an adaptation of the AFSJ agencies, which have been traditionally characterized by an intergovernmental nature and multiple peculiarities. This article analyses the main issues raised by the set of changes established in the Lisbon Treaty, which have influenced both the substantive scope of these agencies – notably strengthening their capacities – as well as their design and structure, with a special emphasis on its political and jurisdictional control.
- Area of freedom
- Common approach for decentralized agencies
- European agencies
- Security and justice