Panel proposal ECPR Conference

A group of Renforce researchers wrote a panel proposal for the ECPR Conference ‘Regulatory Governance between Global and Local’ to be held in June 2014 in Barcelona.

In Search of Coherence in the Implementation of EU policies :

Policy objectives will only be adequately attained if regulation and enforcement are properly attuned. Problems may arise, however, when regulation and enforcement are – arguably due to the EU’s multi-level structure – vertically and horizontally dispersed among different levels of government and among public and private actors. In general, one may observe Europeanization and internationalization of regulation whereas enforcement often is kept at national and sub-national levels (although centralization of enforcement may certainly be seen in specific areas).

Since the coherence in the implementation of EU policies and laws is dependent on the interrelationship between individual stages of the policy cycle, generally in regulation and enforcement, it is crucial to establish proper links between relevant levels where regulation and enforcement in Europe take place and between appropriate actors which take part in regulating Europe and enforcing its laws. To this end we propose to organize two ‘sister-panels’ focusing on the levels (Panel I) and actors (Panel II) of shared regulation and enforcement in Europe.

The two proposed sister – panels (proposed to be organized one after the other) consist of contributions coming from legal, political science and public administration scholars who offer theoretical and empirical insights of various sectors  from environmental to criminal areas, financial markets and competition policy. The Renforce delegation will include Ton van de Brink, Linda Senden, Mira Scholten, John Vervaele, Michiel Luchtman and Marloes van Rijsbergen.

For more information on the ECPR conference and the Standing Group on Regulatory Governance who will be organising this conference, please check here.



Oxford Conference: Five years legally binding EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

In May 2014 a conference will be held in Oxford on:

In mei zal er in Oxford een conferentie plaatsvinden over;

Five years legally binding EU Charter of Fundamental Rights What is the state of play in the protection of fundamental rights in the EU?

This conference is partially organized by Sybre de Vries. More information and the conference program can be found on the bEUcitizen website. More information on registration can be found here.



Colloquium 50 years TPR (journal for private law)

The colloquium 50 years TPR (journal for private law) will take place on the 13th and 14th of March in Gent (Belgium). The event will be dedicated to the future of private law in a pluralistic legal system where Ingrid Koning, together with Patrick Wautelet, will contribute to the colloquium by giving a report on the subject ‘private international law treaties’. – See more at:



Sybe de Vries to speak at conference ‘The Image(s) of the ‘Consumer’ in EU Law: Legislation, Free Movement and Competition Law’

Sybe de Vries, professor in Internal Market Law and Fundamental Rights at Utrecht University, will speak at the conference ‘The Image(s) of the ‘Consumer’ in EU Law: Legislation, Free Movement and Competition Law’ on 27-28 March 2014. His address will be titled ‘The Consumer image in Free Movement Law’. The conference will take place at St Anne’s College of Oxford University.

More information on the conference can be found here.



Kick-off bEUCitizen project: multinational, multidisciplinary and a great success!

The official ‘Kick-Off’ of the European bEUCitizen project took place from 18-20 September 2013 in Utrecht. The Project ‘All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards European CITIZENship’ received a grant of 6,5 million Euro’s and is coordinated by Utrecht University. The research will aim at the obstacles encountered by EU citizens when exercising their rights and obligations. The causes of these impediments will be researched, as well as the possibilities available to the European Union to develop the idea of European Citizenship in the future.

After years of preparation the moment finally arrived. Wednesday night on the 18th of September, the Kick-Off was officially opened by Professor Ige Dekker (Vice Dean of the REBO Faculty of Utrecht University). Academics from 19 countries travelled to the University Hall in Utrecht to discuss the remainder of the project. Later that night, during a publically accessible forum debate, a delegation from the European Commission provided comments on the recently publicized EU Citizenship Report 2013.

In this report the Commission presents the twelve new measures which have to ensure that hindrance that citizens may endure while exercising their European Citizenship-rights will be dissolved. Subsequently, the European Commission held a debate with Prof. Philippe van Parijs (University of Louvan (UCL)), Prof. Maarten Prak (Utrecht University) and Prof. Uwe Puetter (Central European University, Budapest) and presided by Sybe de Vries (Utrecht University). The debate was vivid and lead to an interesting discussion. A report has been published on the website of the project:

On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th, a conference was held for all the researchers of the bEUcitizen consortium. Over 70 participants of different disciplines got to know each other, and spoke about the different aspects of the research and created new plans for the near future. Besides the researchers, the responsible civil servants of the Directorate-General Research & Innovation were present. The Kick–off event brought an inspiring and constructive discussion, in which the parties involved showed that they will enthusiastically commit to this project in the following four years. Thanks to the great support of the Grant Office of Utrecht University and especially Mischa Peters this Kick–off event was a great success.