New ‘European Variations’ Report at the Huis van Europ

Last week Councilor Ernst Hirsch Ballin presented the WRR’s “Europese Variaties” (European Variations) report in the Huis van Europ (Europe House) in Den Haag.

For the further development of the European Union, the WRR emphasizes variation. Pleading for more differentiation in the EU and addressing ideas on how to best accommodate it.

RENFORCE’s own Ton van den Brink, Linda Senden and Sybe de Vries, as well as Michael Hübner, worked on a contribution to the chapter on the Internal Market.

More information on the publication and future events on the same topic can be found on the WRR website:…/09/04/europese-variaties



Jessy Emaus: nominated as ECTIL Fellow

Jessy Emaus has been nominated as a Fellow of the European Center of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL, founded in Vienna, Austria). She has has been collaborating with Anne Keirse on the European Tort Law Yearbook since 2013, which appears annually under the auspices of ECTIL and has, in the past, reported on the most important developments in the field of “Nederlandse onrechtmatigedaadsrecht tijdens” during the Annual Conference on European Tort in Vienna.



Conference: “OLAF and the EPPO in the new institutional setting for the protection of the financial interests of the EU”

On 15 June 2018, Utrecht University, under the auspices of Renforce and in the framework of the HERCULE III Programme organizes the conference “OLAF and the EPPO in the new institutional setting for the protection of the financial interests of the EU”.

The conference will bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers to discuss several aspects of the protection of the EU budget in light of the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The main focus will be on OLAF and the EPPO, and on their enforcement partners (both national authorities and IBOAs).

The conference shall provide the audience with a better understanding of the administrative and criminal responses to EU fraud both at present and in the near future.

Both the tentative program and practical information are at your disposal at the given links.

There is no registration fee, but please, confirm your participation by sending an email to before 4 June 2018.



Expert Seminar: ‘DTCC and Financial Supervision’

The Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) and the Markets and Corporations platform of Institutions for Open Societies would like to invite you to a guest lecture by Michalis Sotiropoulos, the Executive Director of the Depository Trust & Clear­ing Corporation (DTCC) clearing house.

Michalis Sotiropoulos will discuss the work of DTCC as a major player on the financial markets worldwide. He will talk about DTCC’s relation with policy-making in­stitutions and supervisory authorities such as the Eu­ropean Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Central Bank (ECB) and the legislative institutions of the European Union. Is the supervision of financial markets in Europe now effective? Are new changes, such as supervision of central counter-parties (CCPs), necessary and why? By this insight into the day-to-day relation­ship between major players on the financial markets with supervisory authorities, this seminar will provide for a practical reflection on issues of fundamental rights, accountability and the effective­ness during rule-making and supervisory processes.

The programme will be as follows:

  • Miroslava Scholten (Associate Professor European Law, Utrecht University) opens the meeting
  • Michalis Sotiropoulos (Executive Director, DTCC) pro­vides the key-note speech on DTCC and financial super­vision
  • A discussion takes place with (among others) Aneta Spendzharova (Assistant Professor Political Science, Maastricht University), Iro Karagianni and Laurens van Kreij (PhD candidates in European Law, Utrecht Univer­sity).

The Expert Seminar will take place on Friday 1 June 2018, from 11:00 until approximately 13:00, at the ‘Kabinet van de Koning’ in the City Centre Library of Utrecht Uni­versity (Drift 27, 3512BR, Utrecht). Participation is free of charge, but please register by sending an e-mail to

Recap of  general information:

  • When? Friday 1 Juni, 11:00-13:00
  • Where? Utrecht University Library (City Centre), Room: Kabinet van de Koning
  • Language? English


Book publication: ‘The UN Security Council and Domestic Actors: Distance in International Law’ by Machiko Kanetake

RENFORCE researcher, Dr. Machiko Kanetake, has published her monograph on the exercise of authority by the UN Security Council over individuals. One of the case studies included in the book is economic sanctions for which the EU contributed to the jurisprudential development.

More information about the book can be found here!