Jean Monnet Network on enforcement of EU law (EULEN)

YRP Projects

Networks and agencies for enforcement in the European Union. Comparative case studies in civil aviation safety policy and public health (by Laurens van Kreij)

Laurens’ PhD research focuses on developing a framework for the delegation of tasks for enforcement of European Union (EU) policies. By default, the EU member states enforce EU law vis-à-vis citizens and businesses. Some policies however, are (also) enforced through EU networks of national authorities, whereas EU agencies have enforcement tasks and powers in other policy fields. It is unclear why the EU legislator differentiates between these various levels of enforcement, and it is equally unclear which type of enforcement is more effective in a given policy context or for a particular policy goal. This research project develops design principles to help policy makers make a better choice, and contribute to an unexplored field of building a theory on EU enforcement. It does so by investigating networks and agencies in four policy fields (civil aviation safety regulation, civil aviation incident investigation, medical devices regulation and medicines regulation) through a multidisciplinary prism supported by empirical data.


Mr. Laurens van Kreij –

Utrecht University

Advisory Board

The network also has an advisory board with internationally recognised experts in the field of enforcement:

General coordination
Utrecht University, the Netherlands (prof. dr. Michiel Luchtman and dr. Mira Scholten)
Summer School 2022
Utrecht University, the Netherlands (prof. Judith van Erp)
OECD (dr. Florentin Blanc)
EU competition law
The University of Warsaw, Poland
(dr. hab. Maciej Bernatt and dr. Laura Zoboli)

Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
(prof. Federico Ghezzi and prof. Mariateresa Maggiolino)

EU banking and financial services
King’s College London, the United Kingdom
(prof. Alexander H. Türk and dr. Oana Stefan)
Fight against EU financial fraud
The University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
(prof. Katalin Ligeti and mr. Fabio Giuffrida)