Conference on Better Regulation and EU Lawmaking: One Year On

27 - 27 May 2016
  • Starts at: 10:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in the Netherlands and European Commission DG Translation
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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This conference takes stock of the achievements and challenges of the Better Regulation Agenda, presented by the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, on 19 May 2015. This package led to the establishment of a Regulatory Scrutiny Board and a Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) Platform, seeking to stimulate economic growth and jobs creation, increase EU competitiveness by reducing administrative burdens, and make EU legislation simpler and lighter. Eminent academic and policy-making experts will discuss a number of institutional, substantive and linguistic aspects of better regulation:

  • Juncker Commission’s approach to Better Regulation
  • Competitiveness policy of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • EU impact assessment process
  • The 2016 Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Lawmaking (available here)
  • Simplification and review of the quality of EU legislation
  • Role of language and linguistic diversity in ensuring the coherent application of EU law in EU judicial practice

Policy speech I:

  • Mr Maarten Smit, Policy Assistant, Cabinet of Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights

Policy speech II:

  • Mr Gé Linssen, Deputy Director Regulatory Burden and ICT Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands


  • Mr Erik Akse, Founding Vice-Chairman of the Impact Assessment Institute, Brussels
  • Prof. Dr Linda Senden, Professor of European Union Law, Europa Instituut, Utrecht University
  • Prof. Dr Anne Meuwese, Professor of European and Comparative Public Law, Tilburg University
  • Dr Lucie Pacho Aljanati, Research Fellow, Centre for Legal and Institutional Translation Studies, University of Geneva
  • Dr Stefaan van der Jeught, Press Officer, Communication Directorate, European Court of Justice and Associated Researcher, Centre for EU law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Mr Hans Te Winkel, Quality of Legislation team, Legal Service, European Commission

Keynote speech:

  • Dr Danuta Hübner, Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, European Parliament and former European Commissioner for Regional Policy (2004-2009)

Programme available here!

Organisers and chairs:

  • Mr Hugo Keizer, Representative of the European Commission in the Netherlands
  • Dr Davor Jancic, Senior Researcher in EU Law, T.M.C. Asser Instituut

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Time: 10:00 - 15:10 hrs, followed by a reception