Gracia Vara Arribas

Gracia Vara Arribas (ES)


Regions and cities in the EU, Impact Assessment and Evaluation, Strategic Public Procurement

Barcelona

Field of specialisation

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 the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Barcelona. Her fields of specialisation cover multilevel governance, better regulation (subsidiarity and EU added value) and the evaluation of public policies and projects, with a special focus on strategic public procurement law and practice. She works as a consultant for the European institutions (Commission, Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament, the European Court of Auditors) and regional and local governments.

Under her leadership, several impact assessments and evaluation studies have been carried out on EU laws at a regional level as commissioned by the EU Presidencies (UK 2006 and SE 2009) and for different Member States (SE, UK, FR, NL, DE) and NO. In 2009, she was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations to evaluate the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Dutch Provinces and Municipalities. In 2013, the European Committee of the Regions contracted her to draft a report on the role of regional parliaments in the process of subsidiarity analysis, and in 2016 the European Parliament asked her to write the report on ‘The Cost of Non-Europe in the Sharing Economy’. In 2017, she helped the Barcelona City Council to produce the guide to Public Procurement for Innovation and also supported the launch of the Innovation Lab in the city. Drawing on her years of work at EIPA and real-life cases of consultancy projects, she has subsequently produced several publications in these fields and delivered training courses for the European institutions and central and city  governments.

Contact

Based in Barcelona
+34 93 245 12 03
g.vara-arribas@eipa.eu

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Publications

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.

Articles

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

Commissioned studies / reports

Vara Arribas, G. and Van der Most, J. (2017) Diagnosis in Public Procurement of Innovation / Diagnosis en Compra pública para la innovación, commissioned and published by the Barcelona City Council in ES

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.

Vara-Arribas, G., Bourdin, D. (2013) The role of regional parliaments in the process of subsidiarity analysis within the early warning system of the Lisbon Treaty, Study commissioned by the Committee of the Regions and published by the EU in 8 different languages.

Vara-Arribas, G. (2013) Methodology for integrating the cross-border dimension into the CoR’s consultative work, study commissioned by the Committee of the regions and published by the EU ,ISBN 978-92-895-0644-1

Vara-Arribas, G. and Steible, B. (2012), latest revised by the CoR November 2016) Division of powers between the EU, the Member States, and Regional and Local Authorities, study and web page commissioned and published  in 2012 by the Committee of the Regions

Vara-Arribas, G. and Unfried, M. et al  (2012), Scoreboard for monitoring Multilevel Governance (MLG) at the European Union level MLG Fact Sheets 2011-2012 commissioned by the Committee of the regions and published by the EU. Published in EN, FR, DE, ES

Vara-Arribas, G. and Unfried, M. (2011) Scoreboard for monitoring multilevel governance (MLG) at the European Union level 2011, commissioned by the Committee of the Regions and published by the EU in EN, FR, DE, ES

Vara-Arribas, G., Bourdin, D. (2010) The role of regional parliaments in the process of subsidiarity analysis within the early warning system of the Lisbon Treaty, commissioned and published by the Committee of the Regions, ISBN : 978-92-895-0541-3

Vara-Arribas, G., Bourdin, D. (2010) The potential of the Lisbon Treaty, a challenge for the Netherlands and its provinces and municipalities, study commissioned and published  by the Dutch Ministry of Interior

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.