Cover Notes: "Two of a kind": a conversation with Stéphanie Yon-Courtin MEP

The Retail Investment Strategy package and the review of the Solvency II Directive are very different pieces of legislation, but both are vitally important to the European insurance industry. MEP Stéphanie Yon-Courtin is heavily involved in both and will talk to Insurance Europe’s director general, Michaela Koller, about them.



Stéphanie Yon-Courtin MEP is a member of the Renew Europe Group and of the French political party Renaissance. She is the Renew coordinator in the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee and substitute on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee, on the Fisheries (PECH) Committee and the Taxation (FISC) Subcommittee.

Stéphanie is shadow rapporteur for the Renew Europe group on the review of the Solvency II rules for the insurance market. She is also rapporteur on the Retail Investment Strategy.

Her main commitments at European level are the establishment of fair competition rules that are favourable to innovation and business development, as well as the protection of the consumers in the digital world. She was rapporteur on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) for the ECON Committee.

Stéphanie is a former lawyer, admitted to the Paris Bar in 2004. Specialised in competition law, she worked in international law firms. Before that, she worked as a jurist for the European Commission. Between 2007 and 2011, she worked for the French Competition Authority as an international affairs adviser to president Bruno Lasserre.

She is a regional councillor in Normandy and was mayor of Saint-Contest in Calvados until 2019.


Michaela Koller is director general of Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation. She is currently also secretary general of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA).

Michaela has worked in Brussels for the last 30 years. Prior to joining Insurance Europe in February 2007, she held management positions in different banking trade bodies. Michaela has served as a member of various consumer/industry groups and advisory groups established by the European Commission.