On 29 March 2016, Femke de Vries held her inaugural lecture on transparency of regulatory authorities in the financial sector. Ms. De Vries is a member of the executive board of the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten) and an endowed professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen. The central question of her inaugural lecture was: “Does transparency increase the trust that we have in regulatory authorities?”.

In her lecture, Ms. De Vries argued that further research should be conducted into the usefulness and necessity of transparency in supervision. It often seems to be the case that regulatory authorities benefit from the greatest possible transparency. Ms. De Vries believes that trust is an important aspect for governmental authorities (including regulatory authorities) in order to be able to operate effectively.

View the AFM’s news item on the inaugural lecture of Femke de Vries (Dutch only), 30 March 2016.

View Femke de Vries’ speech (Dutch only), 29 March 2016.