Regardless of where you live, the European Union not only affects but also has the potential to transform your life. Learning how Europe works will open up a new world to you, and you will discover new jobs you have never heard of.
The European Union has a significant, but often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of everyone's life. We will look at what the EU is doing for YOU, no matter where you live. We'll also take a look at what YOU can do for and in Europe.
Whether you are travelling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet, or breathing, the EU has a significant impact on all of these activities. As a result, without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration, no global citizen, business leader, legislator, lobbyist, or student can effectively operate in Europe or around the world.
Given its inherent complexities, this Course aims to empower you by introducing you to what Europe has to offer and allowing you to discover jobs and opportunities that you were previously unaware of. Indeed, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action throughout the course. EU affairs professionals will tell us about their EU jobs and share their personal EU experiences. You will also be able to interact with the instructor and other participants, share your thoughts, challenge the instructor's assumptions, and thus help shape the course content.
1. Why the European Union?
- About "Understaning Europe"
- Welcome to Understanding Europe
- Different points of view
- The birth of Europe
- The coming of age of Europe
- Europe impacts your Life
- The limits of European action
- Debunking some of the European myths
- What is the European Paradox?
2. Who is the European Union?
- The players of the EU Game
- An introduction to the EU institutions
- The European Council
- The European Commission
- The Council of the European Union
- The European Parliament
- The Court of Justice of the European Union
- The European Central Bank
- The European Court of Auditors
- The EU Member States
- The EU Citizens
- The EU Civil Society
3. What the EU can do?
- What the EU can do: introduction
- What the EU can do (on paper): competence
- The limits of EU action: subsidiarity
- The limits of EU action: proportionality
- What the EU can actually do
- A flagship of EU intervention: competition
- Basic elements of IP (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)
- Why the EU has developed policies regarding IP (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)
- Challenges for a modern IP system in the EU (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)
4. How does the EU work?
- Feedback on EU elections - Google Hangout live - May 28 20141h
- How the EU works: Introduction
- EU policymaking: the sausage factory
- Behind the scenes of policymaking: the EU Commissions's preparatory work
- The EU legislative process
- How the EU makes laws
- The informal process: trilogues
- EU rulemaking: comitology
- How are EU Rights enforced (Anne-Lise Sibony)
- In Case of Doubt: Questions to the European Court of Justice (Anne-Lise Sibony)
- Taking Effectiveness Seriously: Class Actions (Anne-Lise Sibony)
- Organisation and priorities (Richard Crowe)
- Revenue and expenditure (Richard Crowe)
- How the EU works: conclusion
5. What can the EU do for you?
- What can the EU do for You
- The EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Elaine Fahey)
- The Trans-European Networks
- The liberalization of air travel
- The free movement of students
- Why, When and How (Daniel Sarmiento)
- An EU Fundamental Rights Policy? (Daniel Sarmiento)
- What can the EU do for YOU as a corporation?
- The European Union as a Community of Values
- Protecting European Union Values Within the European Union
- What the EU do for You: final message
6. What can you do for Europe?
- What YOU can do for Europe: Introduction
- The European civil society
- EU Citizenship - part 1 (Dimitry Kochenov)
- EU Citizenship - part 2 (Dimitry Kochenov)
- Public Consultations and Open Petitions
- The European Citizen’s Initiative
- EU Institutions listening to You
- What can you do for Europe?
- How can Europe be better perceived?
7. A Job for All
- Entrepreneur, Andras Baneth
- Research, Chiara Bortoluzzi
- EU Official, Simonetta Cook
- NGO, Helen Derbishire
- Lobbyist, Sabine Dittrich
- NGO, Doru Frantescu
- EU Official, Anne Houtman
- Communication, Charlélie Jourdan
- EU Official, Gérard Legris
- EU Official, Robert Madelin
- Lobbyist, Vinciane Patelou
- NGO, Ronny Patz
- Political Staff, Axel Singhofen
- NGO, James Thronton
- Edition / Research, Cliff Wirajendi
- Lobbyist, Martin Wittenberg
- Media, Jon Worth
8. Clinic Section
- TTIP - Enabling parliamentary cooperation under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
- Data Protection - Ensuring the protection of your online personal data
- Lobbying Transparency - Transparency Register Review
- European Citizens' Initiative - Make it work!
- Judicial Transparency