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The Current State of the European Union - A decade after the Entry of the Treaty of Lisbon

5 day(s)


The objective of the summer school is to provide national administrations, interest groups and practitioners affected by EU regulatory policy an enhanced understanding of how to work more effectively with the EU.

In essence, the course explores the tenets of the European Union and helps participants to understand the underlying political, social and economic dilemmas and evaluate European-level responses.


Sessions will be conducted by two experts providing a short presentation followed by facilitated panel discussions, allowing for the exchange of ideas and addressing issues of concern based on case studies, where participants will be especially encouraged to share their respective experiences.

The programme is divided into four modules:

Module I – Legal nature of the EU, institutional issues and decision-making as defined by the Treaty of Lisbon

As we would like you to gain maximum benefit from this course, irrespective of your level of knowledge on the European Union, we suggest that you enrol on the first module and take part in the thematic discussion of the institutional setting and decision-making procedures of the EU. You will also be invited to visit the Court of Justice of the European Union and familiarise yourself with the EU’s role in preserving the founding principles of the EU, such as the rule of law, democracy and the protection of fundamental rights. The first module will also give guidance on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Module II – From the European Monetary Union to the Banking Union

The second module concentrates on the discussion of the Eurozone, how it has served the needs of the participating EU Member States and the immediate perspectives of this heightened form of integration.

Module III – The Treaty of Lisbon’s impact on the EU’s area of freedom, security and justice

The third module discusses the developments and challenges underpinning the EU’s area of freedom security and justice, where discussions will start from establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and its role and function in combatting crimes against the EU’s financial interests, to the reform of the Common European Asylum System, ensuring a share of the burden across Member States and enhancing solidarity among each other, and the Schengen Area, where the enhanced security of EU borders is becoming an increasingly important expectation.

Module IV – EU’s external relations and the search for a new model for foreign policy coordination after Brexit

The fourth module discusses the EU’s external actions. Discussions begin at the new powers granted to the EU by the Treaty of Lisbon and then specifically focus on the role of the European External Action Service, the EU’s external trade policy and, finally, the current stage of and lessons from Brexit.

Target group

Who is the course aimed at?

Experts from national administrations and EU Institutions; practitioners from various EU-regulated policy fields; and lawyers, consultants, journalists and other professionals dealing with the European Union who want to enhance their understanding of how the recent developments in the EU will have an impact on their work.

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