Postponement of the XXIX FIDE Congress to May 2021

Update 9 May 2020

This week, the Netherlands government has announced that restrictions remain in place for all events with more than 30 participants, in any event until July 2020. Only a gradual easing is foreseen after that date. This leaves us with no other option than to postpone the XXIX FIDE Congress to 12 to 15 May 2021.

If you are already registered for the congress, your registration remains valid for the new dates. If you are interested to participate, registration remains open.

We thank you once more for your continued understanding and support. The many kind messages that we have received from you, our participants, rapporteurs, speakers and partners, are a great source of motivation to keep the FIDE spirit alive.

Europe Day 2020 symbolises 70 years of mutual solidarity and support. We trust that these values will guide us through the current crisis. We hope to welcome you all in good health in The Hague in May 2021!

Stay safe!

The FIDE 2020 Board

‘From us, for you’

A special message from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Welcome to The Hague!

After almost 40 years, the biannual congress of the International Federation of European Law (FIDE) returns to the Netherlands. From 12 to 15 May 2021, the Netherlands Association for European Law (NVER) has the honour of welcoming over 450 specialists in EU law in The Hague for the XXIX edition of this “classic” of EU law.

At FIDE the world of European law unites to discuss the state of EU law on both European and national level. FIDE congresses unite academia and practice, including endorsement and active participation of members of the Court of Justice of the European Union.



On the Back of a Bull

Poem by Hanneke van Eijken

Somebody said Europe is nothing more
than a capricious stain on a world map –
without realizing
that the gods are eternal

Somebody said Europe is nothing more
than a capricious stain on a world map –
without realizing
that the gods are eternal

that Europe comes in many forms
she is an island in the Indian Ocean
a moon of Jupiter
twenty-eight countries trying to keep their balance
like tight-rope walkers

the children of the gods live there
they have forgotten who their father is

Europe is a woman
with a wardrobe full of dresses
she doesn’t like being called a stain

of the gods’ vengeance and women with dresses
it is not wise to speak lightly

Translation by Sacha Prechal and Eleanor Sharpston

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Steering Committee meeting @ The Hague