EU Decision-making process

Course Overview:

The EU Decision-making Process course provides the participants with specific knowledge of the legislative inner-workings of the European Union. Based upon discussing the form in which EU institutions, such as the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament, are involved decision-making and how the process itself has evaluated since the Lisbon Treaty of 2007, the program is designed for everyone willing to expand their knowledge of the domain either for professional or personal needs.

Key topics:

The hierarchy of legal norms in the EU

  • Functioning of the European Court of Justice
  • EU legal acts
  • EU policy process
  • EU legislative procedures
  • EU institutions (Council of the EU, European Parliament, European Commission)
  • Post-Lisbon Treaty development

 Learning methodology:

The course takes a balanced approach, drawing from both traditional lectures and practical implementation of gained knowledge in the form of case study analyses. Throughout the course students will have the chance to work with two such real-life examples: the “Cassis de Dijon” (Case 120/78) of the European Court of Justice and the Regulation (EC) No 544/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (June 2009) amending Regulation (EC) No 717/2007 on roaming on public mobile telephone networks within the Community and Directive 2002/21/EC on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications network and services.

 Program benefits:

Upon the completion of the program, the participants will:

  • acquire a thorough understanding of the decision-making process in the EU
  • recognize the hierarchy of legal norms in the EU
  • understand the contributions made to the process by various EU institutions
  • be able to critically analyze EU documents and regulations
  • comprehend the impact of EU decisions on the world around us
  • be able to evaluate the changes implemented in the Lisbon Treaty