The EU leaders ended their two-day Laeken Summit without an agreement on the future location of several new European Agencies. On Saturday 15 December, they had approved the Declaration of Laeken and nominated Mr. Valéry Giscard d’Estaing as chairman of the Convention preparing the next round of European reforms.
The debate on the attribution of about ten new European agencies (among them the European Food Safety Authority, the Agency for Maritime Security, and EuroJust) ended on a false note, when the Belgian Presidency decided to stop the negotiations when Italy and France continued to block a compromise.
Provisional locations were decided for two agencies that have to start working on 1 January 2002: the European Food Safety Authority will start operating in Brussels, and Eurojust (coordinates cooperation among prosecutors) will begin work in The Hague.
The Spanish Presidency will now have to deal with this difficult issue of defining the location of European agencies