"... I really enjoyed myself and learnt a lot" Anne Mattson, Carleton University, Canada
Two full-fledged academic courses will be taught during the seven-day intensive summer school program. The first part of the program will focus on the main aspects of European integration and evolution of the EU institutions. The future of enlarged European Union and the need for the EU institutional overhaul will be also addressed. The second part will discuss the role of the separate EU actors in the decision making process and lobbying mechanisms deployed. Each course consists of eight lectures/workshops, two guest lectures, summary session, and final exam. Despite the heavy course schedule, students will also have a chance to share experiences in less formal environment.
Classroom lectures will take place from Sunday to Friday in mornings and early afternoons. In addition, workshops will enable students to discuss the topics presented during the lectures, thus providing a considerable contribution to the process of learning. Reading materials for each of the lectures will be distributed upon student‘s arrival enabling them to prepare for workshops and gain additional information on the topics addressed during the lectures. Come to Prague well prepared for the Institute and get the most out of its intensive courses!
The main topics of the European Summer Institute 2013:
EU - today and tomorrow: the initial four classes and workshops will be dedicated to the study of the history and philosophy of the EU integration, changing role of institutions and creation of common policies before and after the Enlargement.
Lobbying in Brussels: during the next four classes and workshops students will be introduced to the practical aspects of lobbying in the EU.
The EU Emerging Stronger of Weaker after the Crisis?:Any lessons learned? Differing responses to the crisis in the EU Member States and critical analysis of their effectiveness. Has the EU been effective in tackling the economic crisis?
The final exam will be administered at the end of the Institute on the basis of which the students will receive the grades and will be awarded the certificate of successful completion of the program accredited by the CPVP and INstrategy.
A. EU: Today and Tomorrow
Instructor: Miloslav Had, Lukas Sedlacek, Martin Shabu
Description: This course is focused on the main aspects of EU integration, including historic developments such as political change, gradual integration and extensive enlargement (from 6 to 27 members).
Special Features of European integration:
- Political and Economic Aspects
Current Developments in the EU Integration
- EU Enlargement as of May 2004
- Bulgaria and Romania in the EU- A Good Choice?
- Croatia and Island New Member States of the EU?
- Turkey finally in the EU?
- Enlargement under the Lisabon Treaty
The Lisabon Treaty in Effect
- EU Bigger Player in World Politics?
- Implementing Changes in the Lisabon Treaty
- A Better Functioning EU?
- Impacts of the Treaty on Diplomatic Service of the EU
- EU – China Relations
- Multicultural Europe?
- European Identity and Islam
- Neighborhood Policy
- Common Foreign and Security Policy
- Trans-Atlantic Relations
- EU and the Middle East Peace Process
- Transnational of Federal Europe?
- Future of the Common Agricultural Policy
B. Practical Aspects of EU Lobbying
Instructors: Patrik Zoltvany, Michal Kadera
Description: The aim of this seminar is to introduce two specific aspects of EU lobbying. The first part will deal with the European Public Affairs environment. The second part will be about managing a lobbying campaign. We will discuss the different types of institutions, NGOs, lobbying companies and consultancies that take part in EU policy making. Three case studies will be studied on specifics of lobbying in Brussels.
EU Decision Making Process
- European Public Affairs - key players
- Pressure groups and other interest groups in Brussels
- Regional Representations
- Member and Applicant Countries
- Commercial Sector (businesses, lobbying, consulting, etc.)
- NGO's and Academia
Monitoring EU Information
- Major sources of information on the EU related to lobbying
Organization and Management of a Lobbying Campaign
- Structure of Campaign
- Campaigning Tools
How to Communicate with EU Institutions
- Techniques on contacting and communicating with institutions
Practical Aspects of Lobbying
- Typical work day of a lobbyist in Brussels
- The specific skills of lobbyists
- Specifics of Lobbying in the European Commission
- How to lobby the European Parliament
- Regional Representations in Brussels
Comparison between US and EU lobbying:What can EU learn from US experience
EU´s Registration for Lobbyists: How to Apply? How effective has registration been?
Transversal Lobbying:How to go about it?
C. EU Economic Agenda 2020 – Growth and Stability or Higway to Hell
Instructors: Lukas Sedlacek/Martin Shabu et al.
Description: The internal market is one of the pillars of the European Union. Completed in 1992, the single market is an area without internal frontiers in which persons, goods, services and capital can move freely, in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community. What impacts has the financial crises (credit crunch) on its businesses? Lessons learned and policies designed. What are the major costs and benefits of the Lisbon Treaty? What are the priorities of the new European Commission? These questions targets at the core activities of the EU in the next decade.