European Union Policies (From Market To Solidarity)

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

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

Teaching hours: 3 per week-ECTS 5

Course tutors: Vassilis Hatzopoulos, Professor ; Sofia Vidali, Professor ; Nikos Koulouris, Assistant Professor ; Sotiris Serbos, Associate Professor

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Course content:

This course aims to present students with an overview of the main policies of the European Union and to assist them comprehend the range of issues being regulated at a supranational level. The most ambitious objective is to highlight the interrelation of policies and underscore the way in which market policies are completed bysolidarity policies. Their intertwining and correlation shapes the “European social model”, which distinguishes the economic and social character of the EU from that of other continents. To this end, we shall examine briefly a) the main market policies (internal market and competition), b) policies of mostly social nature and c) hybrid policies. We shall conclude that in reality all the examined policies are of hybrid nature. This course complements the knowledge acquired by students who attended the courses “Organisation and Function of the European Union” and “European Social Policy”. Successful examination in the course “Organisation and Function of the European Union” is a pre-requisite for this course.

Outline of the course

  1. Introduction 1. General overview of EU policies; “a social market”
  2. Market policies 2. Internal market (1) 3. Internal market (2) 4. Competition – State aid
  3. Solidarity Policies 5. Social Policy & Employment – Lisbon 6. Regional Policy – Funds
  4. Hybrid Policies 7. Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Policy 8. Consumer protection 9.Common agricultural Policy
  5. Policies of advanced integration

10. Policecooperation

11. Cooperation in criminal matters 12. EMU and economic convergence – conditions, mechanisms, consequences

13. Revision – Conclusions

Learning objectives

Uponsuccessful completion of this course, students should have a general overview of basic EU policies and their co-dependency and interrelation. This course is advanced in the sense that basic knowledge of the nature and functions of the EUis required. However, the policies covered at this module will not be examined thoroughly. Hence, students should not be able to implement directly the knowledge acquired on the EU policies, but they should be able to comprehend the major economic and political risks, the basic objectives of each policy and the way it functions. Therefore, they would have the necessary background to focus and specialize on each of the above mentioned policies, on their own initiative.

Method of assessment

Written examination

Reading 1.Obligatory:

2. Optional:

  1. Greek
  • Γιώτη-Παπαδάκη, Ο. 2004. Ευρωπαϊκή πολιτική ολοκλήρωση και πολιτικές αλληλεγγύης. Αθήνα: εκδόσεις Κριτική.
  • ΕΠΕΕΣ. 2001 και 2006. Εισαγωγή στις Ευρωπαϊκές Σπουδές, τόμος β και τόμος γ. Αθήνα: εκδόσεις Ι. Σιδέρη
  • Καλαβρού, Γ.Ε και Γεωργόπουλου, Θ. 2011. Το δίκαιο της ΕΕ, τόμος β. Αθήνα: εκδόσεις Νομική Βιβλιοθήκη.
  • Νάσκου-Περράκη, Π. και Ηλιόπουλος, Κ.Π. 2006. Κοινοτικό Δίκαιο: 25 χρόνια εφαρμογής στην Ελλάδα. Αθήνα-Κομοτηνή: Εκδόσεις Αντ. Σάκκουλα.
  1. English
    • Craig, P. and de Burca, G. 2011. EU Law. Texts, Cases and Materials. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.