Economic and Environmental Public Policies of EU

Course Description

Organization and functioning of the European Union's political system. EU Political, Monetary and Judicial Institutions, Role and Relationships. The decision-making process and public policies. Citizens' initiatives, the role of civil society and lobbying for EU processes. Common policies, economic and monetary policy of the EU. EU funds, multilevel governance and decision-making, the role of the regions. International agreements and treaties of the EU.

Learning Outcomes

  1. explain the foundations of the organization and functioning of the European Union
  2. explain the operation of the most important institutions of the European Union
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the EU's public policy-making and implementation processes
  4. demonstrate the decision-making process
  5. explain the role of citizens, civil society and interest groups
  6. understand international relations and EU treaties
  7. 68/5000 demonstrate basic knowledge of EU economic and monetary policy
  8. demonstrate the ability to prepare and apply for EU funding

Forms of Teaching


The course is organized into two teaching cycles. The first cycle consists of 7 weeks of direct teaching and intermediate exams. The second cycle of classes contains 6 weeks of direct classes and a final exam. Classes are conducted over a total of 15 weeks with a weekly load of 2 hours.

Seminars and workshops

The preparatory workshops will analyze EU public policies in the field of energy, environment, transport, economy, EU space program, cohesion policy, cross-sectoral linkages, and study current public consultations. Students will be divided into groups by the method of solving problem tasks, propose solutions and present them to other groups of students through a public presentation.

Partial e-learning

Organization of a videoconference at which topics from EU public policies and simulations of the work of EU institutions are presented

Independent assignments

Students will conduct independent research of EU public policies and international action of the EU and the global impact on EU public policies (UN, OECD, etc.), and write a paper in the form of a review article.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Homeworks 0 % 25 % 0 % 25 %
Seminar/Project 0 % 25 % 0 % 25 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 25 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 25 %
Exam: Written 50 % 50 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. History of EU integration, Important facts about Treaty on EU and Treaty on the Functioning of EU
  2. EU political institutions: European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, Council of the EU, Committee of the Regions, European Economic and Social Committee
  3. EU monetary institutions: European Central Bank (ECB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB)
  4. EU judicial institutions: Court of Justice of the European Union, Court of Auditors;
  5. Agencies and other EU bodies, coordination of EU economic and fiscal policy
  6. EU policy-making process: public consultations, the role of citizens, civil society and the professional public, lobbying - examples of economic and environmental public policies
  7. EU policy-making process: proposing, roles of EU institutions, negotiation, lobbying, adoption - examples of economic and environmental public policies
  8. Midterm exam
  9. EU Common Policies, EU Multiannual Financial Framework, EU Budget
  10. Key EU public policies focusing on energy, environment, transport, economy, EU space program, cohesion policy
  11. Partnership agreements, Operational programs, EU Funds
  12. Multilevel governance and decision making, national strategic documents, regional and local planning
  13. Preparation of programs and projects for financing from EU funds - examples from the economy, environment
  14. International agreements and treaties of the EU
  15. Final exam

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Klemens Jons (2016.), Convincing Political Stakeholders, Wiley-VCH Verlag&Co.KGaA,
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For students


ID 222972
  Winter semester
L3 English Level
L3 e-Learning
30 Lectures
15 Seminar
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable