Workshop Promoting public trust in public supervision

The Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (Renforce) in cooperation with the UU strategic theme ‘Institutions’ holds a workshop on the topic of promoting public trust in public supervision, with a particular focus on financial supervision. You are cordially invited to attend this event.

About the workshop

Public supervision has become one of the major tasks of national governments as well as of EU institutions and agencies. It ensures that public interests are safeguarded when it comes to a great variety of issues from safety of products, persons and transport to fairness in providing services and in trade. In this way, it promotes public confidence in national and supranational governing structures, obedience and effectiveness of governmental policies. However, accidents and scandals, which regularly happen in different policy areas (think, for instance about the recent financial crisis or food scandals), undermine citizens’ confidence in the ability of public institutions to cope with their supervisory responsibilities. In addition, public demands are at times controversial: more and stricter supervision in the aftermath of crises and scandals and less expenditure on supervision in the ‘crises-free’ periods. Another challenge to public supervision is the Europeanization trend: the EU has been gaining more and direct supervisory tasks over citizens. However, the appearing shared supervision system does not necessarily establish proper protection for individuals and companies under investigation and punishment, which puts public trust in the new EU/shared supervision system at risk.

What kind of supervision is necessary/valuable for the (EU) citizen? How do you create and promote trust in the supervisory system? Are supervisors able to meet public needs and promote trust? What implications does Europeanization of supervision bring in this respect and how can negative implications be mitigated? We aim to addresses these questions from a comparative perspective by bringing together academic and professional experts from different policy fields and national and EU institutions and agencies.

The programme includes the following experts: Dr. Margot Aelen (De Nederlandsche Bank), Prof. Alex Brenninkmeijer (European Court of Auditors), Dr. Paul de Bijl (Utrecht University), Ms. Meike Bokhorst (WRR), Prof. Paul Craig (Oxford University), Prof. Judith van Erp (chair of Public Institutions, Utrecht University), Mr. Jonathan Foster (UK Financial Conduct Authority), drs. Eric Groothedde (Dutch Banking Association), Mr. Zac Kolias (European Court of Auditors), Prof. Annetje Ottow (Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University), Prof. Hans Schenk (Utrecht University).

When: 27 November 2015 (from 12.30 hrs)
Where: Paushuize (Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, 3512 HE Utrecht)

For more information, please, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Miroslava Scholten ( ) and Mr. Aart de Vries ( ).
While the attendance is free of charge, the registration is compulsory. To register, please, send an e-mail (incl. your affiliation and presence during the drinks) to:

The programme of this event is to be found here.