Prof.dr. N.S. Groenendijk

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Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Governance

Centre for European Studies (CES)

University of Twente


Visiting professor of European Studies

Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies

University of Tartu, Estonia

President, European Communities Studies Association – World (as from 2017)


Building number 10







RA 4244

+ 31 53 489 4106 / 3280

+ 31 53 489 2159

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General information

Nico Groenendijk (1962) is Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Governance. He is Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies and President of the European Communities Studies Association – World (ECSA-World, as from 2017). He is Senior Member of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). Additional functions include: chair of the local Court of Auditors (City of Hengelo).

He is also visiting professor of European Studies at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies of the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Research Interests

European Economic Governance deals with the intersection of (public sector) economics and European integration. It encompasses a wide range of subjects, but the following topics stand out:


application of first and second generation theories of fiscal federalism to European integration and the demarcation of competences between different layers of government (EU, nation states, regions), including research on enhanced cooperation and other flexible (“smart”) arrangements for cooperation within the EU/Europe;


tax coordination within the EU and globally;


public budgeting in Brussels: the development of the public finances of the EU including issues of efficiency and democratic accountability within a multi-level system of policy implementation;


the regional dimension of Europe 2020: the involvement of regional actors in the development and implementation of the Europe 2020 policy agenda;


multi-level regulation of markets, especially a) financial markets, including research on private sector involvement and on regulation on the global level, and b) the multi-level European patent system;


(the changing framework) for the provision of public services in Europe, esp. new forms of cross-border provision of public services in Europe.

My whereabouts …

October 17-18, 2016

Jan Monnet/ECSA Conference 2016 (Global governance in times of global challenges) & ECSA General Assembly meeting, Brussels

September 1-6 & 16-19, October 7-10 & 28-31, 2016

Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies & School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu

July 14-24, 2016

Summer School on European Integration and Economic Development in the South Caucasus, organised by DESCnet, Batumi, Georgia

July 13-15, 2016

Conference “Georgia’s European Way – Stability, Development and Diversity”, Batumi, Georgia

June 19-21, 2016

Jean Monnet seminar on differentiated integration, Malmö

May 30-June 3, 2016

Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

May 24-25, 2016

International workshop on Responsiveness in European patent practices, Munich

February 5-9, March 14-31 & April 22-May 12, 2016

Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

December 11-20, 2015

European College, University of Tartu

Nov. 6-10 & 20-24, 2015

European College, University of Tartu

October 26-27, 2015

Workshop on the Nature of the European Union & Advisory Board meeting, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Aalborg University

October 9-13

European College, University of Tartu

September 14-19, 2015

Study visit to Pskov State University and St. Petersburg State University (RF)

September 4-8 & 25-29, 2015

European College, University of Tartu

August 26-29, 2015

ECPR General Conference 2015, organizer/chair section on the The Interplay between External Challenges and Internal Development of the EU, Montreal, Canada

July 1, 2015

Panelist at a seminar on EU Own Resources, organised by the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Brussels

June 16-19, 2015

PatentEthics (Ethical dimensions of patent law in non-human biotechnology) consortium meeting, Oslo

May 21-23, 2015

23rd NISPAcee conference, Tbilisi, Georgia

May 14-15, 2015

Conference "Facing the Challenges in European Union. Re-thinking of EU Education and Research for Smart and Inclusive Growth (EuInteg)", organised by PECSA, Warsaw

April 20-May 4 & 28-29 May, 2015

European College, University of Tartu

March 28-30, 2015

PhD seminar & project meeting, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia

March 16, 2015

PatentEthics (Ethical dimensions of patent law in non-human biotechnology) consortium meeting, Oslo

February 12, 2015

Conference “Het Rijk en de G4 in Europa”, workshop on Better regulation and sub-national authorities, Utrecht

February 11, 2015

Expertmeeting Ministries of Finance & Home Affairs on sub-national tax autonomy, The Hague

Dec. 1-19, 2014 & Febr. 9-10, 2015

European College, University of Tartu

November 27-28, 2014

Annual Work Conference, Netherlands Institute for Government, Delft (Netherlands), presentation on Smart regulation for sub-national authorities: Towards lower administrative and compliance costs of EU legislation and regulation (with Elger de Lange and Ramses Wessel)

Oct. 17-18; Nov. 21-22, 2014

European College, University of Tartu

October 6-9, 2014

Open Days/12th European Week of Regions and Cities, Brussels

October 1-2, 2014

Jean Monnet/ECSA Conference “The Future of EU Studies”, Brussels

September 5-6, 2014

European College, University of Tartu

August 26-29, 2014

ERSA Conference, St. Petersburg

June 15-19, 2014

Regional Studies Association European conference, Izmir



Earlier events


Project involvement


Assembly of European Regions, AER Report on Regionalism (expert for the Netherlands)


PatentEthics (Ethical dimensions of patent law in non-human biotechnology)


RGEPS (Research Group for European Policy Studies)


Nanonext NL (project 1C.04 Governance and regulation)


TANGO, Territorial Approaches for New Governance (Sounding Board member)


CONNEX (Connecting Excellence on European Governance)

PhD supervision, as (co-)promotor, in progress

Noble Akaba, Tax reform in Ghana

Anders Braarud Hanssen, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and patent ethics

Maarten Hoekstra, The use of the “business case” in the decision-making process by local authorities in the Northern part of the Netherlands (co-supervised with em. prof. dr. Peter Boorsma)

Annika Jaansoo, Providing public services across borders – Why is it so rare among subnational governments within Europe? (co-supervised with prof. Torenvlied, UT & prof. Reiljan, University of Tartu, Estonia)

Elger de Lange, Good entrepreneurship. An explorative study

Abdul Rahman, Tax reform in Indonesia

Petra Steinmann, Van AWBZ naar Justitiebegroting: Veranderde sturing in de forensische zorg (co-supervised with em. prof. dr. Peter Boorsma)

PhD supervision, as (co-)promotor, completed

Maaike Damen-Koedijk, EU Cohesion policy & Accountability. Coverage, Context, Content & Costs in the case of ERDF in the Netherlands (defended February 2016)

Aline Reichow, The effectiveness of collaborative business association activities aimed at supporting occupational health and safety (OHS) regulation at workplaces where nanomaterials are handled (co-supervised with em. prof. dr. Dorbeck-Jung, defended June 2015)

Martin Holterman, The Transaction Costs of Semi-Public Institutions: The History of Railways as a Challenge for Coase (co-supervised with prof. dr. R.A. Wessel; defended September 2011)

Chris Breuer, The Regional Conundrum. How regions and encompassed actors are involved in EU regional policy (co-supervised with prof. dr. R.A. Wessel; defended April 20, 2011)

Carlie Geerdink, Regional Economic Development. Games of Competition and Cooperation (co-supervised with prof. dr. A.E. Steenge, defended December 2010)

Hans Voogd, Gemeentelijk overheidsbeleid en maatschappelijke welvaart (co-supervised with prof. dr. A. v.d. Veen; defended March 2006)

Member of PhD assessment committees

Claudio Matera, The External Dimensions of the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. A Constitutional Perspective (University of Twente, June 2016)

Evisa Kica Ibraimi, The Legitimacy of Transnational Private Governance Arrangements Related to Nanotechnologies: The Case of International Organization for Standardization (University of Twente, January 2015)

Aldi Hutagalung, The economic value of Indonesia’s natural gas. A quantitative assessment of three gas policies measures (University of Twente, September 2014)

Marcel Kiers, Er zijn meerdere wegen die naar Brussel leiden. Strategie en doelbereiking van Nederlandse provincies in Europa (University of Twente, February 2014)

Ignacio Cienfuegos, Developing a Risk Maturity Model: A comprehensive risk maturity model for Dutch municipalities (University of Twente, December 2013)

Maurits Sanders, Publiek-Private Samenwerking in de Nederlandse energiesector: vorm en legitimiteit (University of Twente, December 2013)

Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, Quality kilowatts? A normative-empirical analysis of corporate responsibility for sustainable electricity provision in the global south (University of Twente, May 2013)

Bernhard Lobmayr, Innovation and regulation in high-risk medical device markets (University of South Australia, October 2011)

Tom Weijnen, Governance of large infrastructures. The cases of the canals of King Willem I, the Suez Canal and the Rhine-Main-Danube waterway (University of Twente, September 2010)

Pri Agung Rakhmanto, The Political Economy of Market Liberalization Policies in Indonesia’s Oil Sector (University of Twente, December 2009)

Karolien Pieters, The Mediterranean Neighbours and the EU Internal Market (University of Twente, October 2009)

Nadine Haase, European Gas Market Liberalisation (University of Twente, June 2009)

Bhaskar Karky, The Economics of Reducing Emissions from Community Managed Forests in Nepal Himalaya (University of Twente, September 2008)

DomeNico Raguseo, Factors influencing the size of the non-profit welfare sector among the EU countries (Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University, Slovakia, August 2008)

Anneke Luijten-Lub, Choices in internationalisation. How higher education institutions respond to internationalisation, Europeanisation, and globalisation (University of Twente, December 2007)

Vasco Correia Nhabinde, Retirement schemes and economic growth in sub-Saharan countries: a panel data analysis (University of Pretoria, June 2007)

Johanna Witte, Change of degrees and degrees of change. Comparing adaptations of European higher education systems in the context of the Bologna Process (University of Twente, July 2006)

Taeke Tuinstra, Administrators matter. An institutional approach to their effects on social security benefits (University of Twente, June 2006)

Mendeltje van Keulen, Going Europe or Going Dutch - How the Dutch Government shapes European Union Policy (University of Twente, March 2006)

Abraham Swanepoel, The role of automatic stabilizers in the South African economy (University of Pretoria, June 2003)

Davina Frederika Jacobs, Alternative budget deficits as indicator of the stance of fiscal policy in South Africa (University of Pretoria, September 2000)