Conference: The Limits of Mutual Recognition and Mutual Trust

RENFORCE organizes a Conference on the Limits of Mutual Trust and Mutual Recognition will take place at Utrecht University, on June 9, 2017 from 13:00 until 18:00 in the Raadzaal at Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht. It is organized by dr. Ton van den Brink and dr. Tony Marguery as part of the RENFORCE project on the limits of mutual recognition. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to

Mutual recognition has developed into a key principle of the European Union, to achieve a wide range of policy objectives. The principle has become an essential tool in the EU integration process. Mutual recognition – and the underlying principle of mutual trust – is neither a new, nor a unique feature of the EU legal order. Nevertheless, there is currently every reason to revisit MR and MT and their role in the European integration process. The political, legal and practical relevance of MR and MT increased significantly in recent years. Yet, much of the nature of the principle of mutual recognition, its effects, its constitutional positioning and its interaction with mutual trust and harmonisation remain unclear and contested.

The occasion for this conference is the publication of a special issue on Mutual Recognition and Mutual Trust for European Papers (Vol. 1, 2016, No. 3 and soon Vol. 2, 2017, No. 1). The speakers of the conference will address mutual recognition and mutual trust from different perspectives, from an internal market, constitutional perspective and from the perspective of the meaning of these principles in specific policy areas. The focus will be on how mutual recognition and mutual trust propose to achieve EU integration while ensuring the protection of citizens and preserving the diversity of the Member States legal systems.

More information about the Conference, programme and speakers can be found here.



Expertmeeting EU Burgerschap, het Handvest en de Rechten van het Kind



Call for Papers: Resolving the Tensions between EU Trade and Non-Trade Objectives: Actors, Norms, and Processes

The Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe’s (RENFORCE) seeks paper proposals for the workshop on “Resolving the Tensions between EU Trade and Non-Trade Objectives:
Actors, Norms, and Processes”. The workshop takes place on 10 November 2017 at Utrecht University. Full details are here.

The workshop explores the actors, norms, and processes that are involved in balancing and
resolving the tensions between the protection and promotion of specific principles and
objectives and the EU’s external trade policy. The focus of the workshop is on the recent
issues concerning the EU’s unilateral and bilateral actions (as opposed to multilateral action)
in the realm of EU’s external trade law and policy.

Paper proposals (max. 500 words) and curriculum vitae of the author(s) should be sent to Dr Urszula Jaremba ( The deadline is 1 July 2017.



RENFORCE researchers conclude a comprehensive comparative report on the investigative powers of the European Anti-Fraud Service, OLAF

Under the auspices of RENFORCE, an international team of researchers has recently concluded a report on the ‘Investigatory powers and procedural safeguards: Improving OLAF’s legislative framework through a comparison with other EU law enforcement authorities.’ The project was co-funded under the Hercule III programme of the European Commission/OLAF. Headed by prof. Michiel Luchtman and prof. John Vervaele, it analyses OLAF’s legal framework for the gathering of information and evidence.

The work of the project team reveals significant deviations between the legal framework for OLAF and other EU bodies with comparable tasks (European Competition Network/ECN, the European Central Bank/ECB, and the European Securities and Markets Authority/ESMA). These differences highlight shortcomings in the OLAF legal framework, particularly when it comes to its powers of investigation, but also relating to the legal protection for the individuals concerned.

The project uses a comparative approach in which the interaction between the four authorities and their national partners in six legal orders (Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom) are analyzed. The report offers findings on each of the four EU authorities individually and in comparison, six national reports and the overall comparative analysis. The results are relevant for policymakers and legislative bodies at the EU and national level, for academics and practitioners in the area of enforcement of EU law and for training purposes.

Renforce researchers Michiel Luchtman, John Vervaele, Mira Scholten, Michele Simonato, Joske Graat and Danielle Arnold executed the project together with prof. Martin Böse and dr. Anne Schneider (both University of Bonn), prof. Peter Alldridge (Queen Mary, University of London), prof. Juliette Tricot (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris), prof. Silvia Allegrezza, Prof. Katalin Ligeti and Dr. Gavin Robinson (all University of Luxembourg) and dr. Celina Nowak (Kozminski University, Warsaw).

The report is related to several other Renforce projects, including the VIDI project of prof. Michiel Luchtman and the VENI project of dr. Mira Scholten, funded by the Dutch Council of Scientific Research. A second project funded under the Hercule III programme is currently running and led by dr. Michele Simonato, prof. Michiel Luchtman and prof. John Vervaele.



Lecture by dr. Diane Fromage, on the Interparliamentary Cooperation

On 18 January 2017, Dr. Diane Fromage, Assistant Professor of EU Law in Utrecht University, gave a RENFORCE lecture on her research regarding interparliamentary cooperation and diplomacy. Dr. Kolja Raube from Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies acted as discussant.