Continued UK participation in certain EU bodies, agencies and programmes will be necessary to fulfil our mutual aims and to share essential expertise. This extends to tools such as databases or information-sharing mechanisms and, where appropriate, the mutual secondments of experts.
This is relevant to both the economic and security partnerships. For instance, in the economic partnership, it makes Sense for the UK to participate in – or have associate membership of – the European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Medicines Agency and the European Chemicals Agency. The UK also considers that there could be mutual benefit from a continuing arrangement between the UK and the European lnvestment Bank and the European lnvestment Fund (ElB Group).
The UK is seeking to continue cooperation with a number of key EU agencies, including for example the European Defence Agency, Europol, Eurojust and EU-LISA. Equally, across all parts of the relationship, the UK wants to be able to participate in certain EU programmes, both in the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and into the future. This collaboration will enable the UK and EU to promote our shared values and enhance our intellectual strength in the world.
Where the UK participates in EU bodies, agencies or programmes, the UK will respect the remit of the CJEU, and abide by the rules that govern them and their decisions.
ln some cases, the UK recognises that participation or associate membership of EU bodies, agencies or programmes will involve making a financial contribution. The form and structure of financial contributions will depend on the type of working relationship agreed.
The nature and structure of the UK’s participation will vary depending on the EU body, agency or programme. ln some cases, there may be a precedent for third country involvement. ln other cases we may agree for the UK to have a closer relationship than other third countries, given the UK’s unique relationship with the EU and the scope of our proposed partnership. This includes, for example:
- UK attendance, and suitable lever of influence, at relevant programme committees and programme working groups, to ensure ongoing UK influence and involvement;
- provisions for bilateral discussions, should UK participation rates fall; and/or
- UK participation in informal council meetings and/or in Mixed Committee meetings where discussion will impact UK programme participation.