European Area Of Freedom And Citizenship

Degree Program: Social Administration (6th semester – elective)

Degree Program: Political Science (6th semester – elective)

Teaching hours: 3 per week-ECTS 5

Course Tutor: Vassilis Hatzopoulos, Professor

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Course content:

This course is about people mobility within the EU and the Schengen Area, both from within the EU and from third countries. Each one of these two categories enjoys different rights, is regulated by different rules and fallows different regulatory rationalia; on one hand, EU citizens’ rights derive from the attribute of European citizenship as well as from the Internal Market rules. On the other hand, the rights of third country citizens are being regulated by the rules of common migration, asylum and visa policy of the EU.

These two categories of moving people shall be examined in two separate sections respectively. In the first section, i.e. EU citizens, we shall examine the basic rules concerning freedom of movement and stay as well as some complementary rules on healthcare and social security rights and mutual recognition of professional qualifications. Moreover, we will discuss recent jurisprudence, which establishes European citizenship as a significant norm and general principle ensuring citizens’ rights.

In the second section, we will examine the general principles of migration and asylum policy of the EU, as well as those regulating the Schengen Area. This course involves the familiarisation with certain significant Regulations and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council as well as certain judgements by the ECJ. This course supplements knowledge acquired by students who attended the Course “Organisation and Function of the European Union”. Hence, successful examination in the later is a pre-requisite. It also relates, in terms of content, to the course “Migration and migration policy”.

Outline of the course

Α/α Module
EuropeanareaandEuropeaninstitutions/ Eur 28 + ΕEC + (candidatecountries) /FromEECtoECtoEU / Schengen / EEC / Mainobjectivesanddecisionmaking
TitleΙVECTreaty: TheSchengenSystem, ThirdPillar, Communatrisation / institutional framework
Movement of EU citizens and family members – European citizenship: Free movement of workers /Freedom of establishment /Freedom to provide services + movement of capital
Exemptionsandlimitationsontheabovementionedfreedoms / Grounds of public policy, security, health / Other exceptional grounds of public interest / Working for the public administration
Complementary measureswhich facilitate movement /Mutual recognition of professional qualifications/ Mutual recognition of contributions to social welfare institutions of other member states / health care
EUcitizenship/ conditionsforacquisition / effects concerning stay in member states / effects concerning the access to welfare in member states / other effects / beyond mobility (purely internal situations)?
Discussion of ECJ jurisprudence
Commonmigrationpolicy: conditionsofentry / regime / long stay / economic migration
Common asylum policy: Dublin Regulation / procedural directives / substantive conditions / Funds
Thefightagainstillegalimmigration in the EU: SIS/ other databases / Europol / other authorities / programmes of action / legislative initiatives
Deportation from member states and protection of fundamental rights: ECJ and ECHR jurisprudence
Discussion on ECJ jurisprudence
Revision – questions – Course evaluation

Learning objectives

Students having attended this course should be familiarised with basic rules of the Internal Market of the EU concerning the people and services freedom of movement as well as with the European asylum and migration policy. They should also comprehend the norm of citizenship and acquire fundamental knowledge on the Schengen System. As a result, they should be able to consult their friends who plan on moving to EU countries as well as friends from non-EU countries staying in Greece. This course requires basic knowledge of the Organisation and Function of the EU.

Method of assessment

Written examination – Class participation.


1. Obligatory:

  • PowerPoint slides can be found on the website
  • Ανάγνου, Μ. 2014. Ο Ευρωπαϊκός Χώρος Ελευθερίας, Ασφάλειας και Δικαιοσύνης (1999-2013). Αθήνα, εκδόσεις Παπαζήση

2. Optional:

  1. Greek
  • Σαμπατάκου, Α. 2010. Ερμηνεύοντας την εξέλιξη της κοινής μεταναστευτικής πολιτικής της ΕΕ. Αθήνα: εκδόσεις Παπαζήση.
  • Τριανταφυλλίδου, Α. και Γρώπα, Μ. (μτφρ. Χρηστίδης, Γ.) 2009. Η μετανάστευση στην Ενωμένη Ευρώπη. Αθήνα: εκδόσεις Κριτική.
  1. English

– Craig, P. and de Burca, G. 2014. EU Law. Texts, Cases and Materials.Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

  • Geddes, A., 2003. The Politics of Migration and Immigration in Europe. London: Sage Publications.
  • Triantafyllidou, A. and Gropas, R. 2014, 2d ed (1st ed, 2007). European Immigration: A Sourcebook. Adelshot: Ashgate.