The Agency was established to provide the EU Member States and the Commission with technical assistance in the fields of railway safety and interoperability. This involves the development and implementation of Technical Specifications for Interoperability and a common approach to questions concerning railway safety. The Agency's ’main task is to manage the preparation of these measures. Railway vocabulary is familiar to specialised communities only and is hard to come by outside the field.
A system for the protection of plant variety rights has been established by Community legislation. The system allows intellectual property rights, valid throughout the Community, to be granted for plant varieties. The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) implements and applies this scheme. In 2009 the Centre submitted a corpus of documents to the CPVO in order to extract the terminology, the whole project scheduled for completion in 2010.
The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice will manage the sharing of data on security, visa applications, and asylum seekers' and illegal immigrants’ fingerprints. The IT systems managed by this agency include the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), the Visa Information System (VIS) and EURODAC. The agency will also be responsible for the management of any other IT systems which might be developed in the area of freedom, security and justice in the future.
The EMCDDA was set up to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. In 2009 the EMCDDA started work on the compilation of a major glossary, essentially with the aim of achieving consistency and an agreed common understanding of English terms, both in-house and within the National Focal Points.
An official European Union Regulatory Authority, the European GNSS Supervisory Authority manages all public interests relating to European GNSS programmes. GSA strategic objectives include the achievement of a fully operational GALILEO system. This includes the groundwork for a fully sustainable and economically viable system.
Europol is the European Law Enforcement Agency which aims at improving the effectiveness and cooperation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and other serious forms of organised crime.
Eurojust is a judicial cooperation body created to help provide safety in the field of freedom, security and justice. Eurojust was set up to assist the fight against serious crime by facilitating the optimal coordination of action for investigations and prosecutions covering the territory of more than one Member State with full respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions is an EU body, one of the first to be established to work in specialised areas of EU policy. It was set up to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) contributes to ensuring an effective and consistent level of regulation and supervision in its areas of competence, with a view to improving the functioning of the EU internal market. It promotes the stability of the financial system, the transparency of markets and financial products, and the protection of depositors and investors.