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 (ES) is an Expert at the European Institute of Public Administration in Barcelona. As a lawyer, she practised in Galicia for almost ten years (1986-1995), during which time she was granted the ICEX scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of External Affairs to conduct comparative legal studies for the Spanish Government at its Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands (1990-1991). She gained her Master of Laws (LLM) in comparative, European and international law from Maastricht University (1995-1996).

She specialises in European law, regional participation in decision making, and the legal aspects of European integration, with a particular focus on regional and local governance (Multilevel Governance). Under her direction, several impact assessment and evaluation studies have been carried out on EU laws at regional level, which were commissioned by the EU Presidencies (UK 2006 and SE 2009) and for different Member States (SE, NO, UK, FR, NL, DE). In 2009 she was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior to evaluate the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Dutch Provinces and Municipalities. She works as a consultant for the Committee of the Regions, the Dutch Ministry of Interior, and the UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She has co-authored two books on the EU and subnational entities, “Tripartite Arrangements: An Effective Tool for Multilevel Governance?” (EIPA 2005), and “The Role of Regional Parliaments in the Early Warning System” (published in six languages by the Committe of the Regions www.cor.eu). She has also authored several policy reports and published numerous articles on the European Union and the Regions.

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.