Gracia Vara Arribas

EU Law and Public Procurement, EU Governance, Head of the European CAF Resource Centre

EU law and institutions; multilevel governance and decentralisation in Europe; European public procurement law and practice.

Professional experience

Gracia Vara Arribas is a lawyer, working as an expert project leader and consultant at EIPA. Her fields of specialisation cover EU Law (with a special focus on public procurement law), multilevel governance, and the evaluation of public policies and projects. Since 2021 she is the Head of the European CAF Resource Centre at EIPA, in charge of coordinating the European network of CAF correspondents and leading the revision of different aspects of the CAF quality model. Certified CAF trainer, she works as a consultant for different MS organisations as well as European institutions (Commission, Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament, the European Court of Auditors), and regional and local governments.


The institutional impacts of EU legislation on local and regional governments  – a case study of the 1999/31/EC Landfill Waste and 2004/18/EC

Vara-Arribas, G. in cooperation with EUKN Nicis Institute (2009), The institutional impacts of EU legislation on local and regional governments  – a case study of the 1999/31/EC Landfill Waste and 2004/18/EC. Study commissioned by the High Level Group on Governance and the Dutch Ministry of Interior for the Swedish presidency of the EU 2009, EIPA 2009.

Cost of non-Europe in the sharing economy: legal aspects

Vara Arribas, G. de Bond, A. and Steible, B. (2016) Cost of non-Europe in the sharing economy: legal aspects, commissioned by the Impact Assessment Unit of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) of the General Secretariat of the European Parliament. Published by the European Parliament as a study under no. PE558.777.

Book chapters

Vara-Arribas, G., (2017) The early warning system in motion – comparing different practices in subnational  parliaments, Chapter in the book Subnational Parliaments in the EU Multilevel Parliamentary System: taking Stock of the post Lisbon Era. Edited by  Gabriele Abels, Annegret Eppler.

Vara-Arribas, G. and Hogenauer A. (2015), Legislative Regions after Lisbon: A New Role for Regional Assemblies?  The Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union pp 133-149 | Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Editors: Claudia Hefftler, Christine Neuhold, Olivier Rozenberg, Julie Smith DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-28913-1_6.

Vara-Arribas, G. and Sanchez Cano J., (2010)  Redes territoriales y policy-making: los diálogos estructurados con la Comisión Europea, p 232-255 en  Procesos de integración regional e internacionalización de los gobiernos locales.


Vara Arribas, G. and Bourdin, D. What Does the Lisbon Treaty Change Regarding Subsidiarity within the EU Institutional Framework?, EIPAScope, 2012 (2). pp. 13-17. ISSN 1025-6253.

Vara Arribas, G. (2010) A Agrupación Europea de Cooperación Territorial (AECT): unha ferramenta para a gobernanza multinivel en proceso de revisión en Administración & cidadanía: revista da Escola Galega de Administración Pública, ISSN-e 1887-0279, Vol. 5, Nº. 2, 2010, págs. 13-26

Vara-Arribas,G. and Spinacchi G. Eipascope (2009/2) The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC): New Spaces and Contracts for European Integration?

Vara Arribas, G. (2008) Novedades en el Debate Europeo sobre la Contratación Pública en Revista española de derecho europeo, Aranzadi Thomson Reuters ISSN 1579-6302, Nº. 26, 2008, págs. 115-150

Vara Arribas, G. (2006) Los contratos tripartitos Comisión – Estado – Región: ¿una idea europea revolucionaria o equivocada? En Europa Euskadi, Nº 193, 2006, págs. 5-6

Vara Arribas, G. (2006) Gobernanza multinivel en la Unión Europea y las regiones, con o sin una Constitución en Revista Aragonesa de Administración Pública, ISSN 1133-4797, Nº 29, 2006, págs. 309-332

Vara Arribas, G. (2006) Nuevas herramientas para la gobernanza europea multinivel: los contratos tripartitos por objetivos en Revista española de derecho europeo, Aranzadi Thomson Reuters, ISSN 1579-6302, Nº. 18, 2006, págs. 205-224

Vara Arribas, G. (2006) Novedades en Europa para aumentar la participación regional y local en los procesos de toma de decisión europeos en Unión Europea Aranzadi, ISSN 1579-0452, Vol. 33, Nº 2, 2006, págs. 27-33

Vara Arribas, G. (2005) Presupuestos políticos y jurídicos: La negociación y la adopción de la Constitución Europea en Noticias de la Unión Europea, ISSN 1133-8660, Nº 250, 2005 (Ejemplar dedicado a: La Constitución Europea), págs. 19-29

Vara Arribas, G. (2005) The changing Dynamics of Sub-State participation: The Commission’s proposals for increasing regional and local involvement in European Policy Processes EIPASCOPE N. 2005/2, pp. 19-25.

Vara-Arribas, G. and Carrasco, L. Gender Equality and the EU: An Assessment of the Current Issues EIPASCOPE, 2003 (1). pp. 1-9

Vara-Arribas, G. (2001) La participación de las regiones en Europa en Cuadernos de Alzate: revista vasca de la cultura y las ideas, ISSN 0213-1862, Nº. 25, 2001, págs. 131-142

Meet our other experts