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KETU 2135 - President Emmanuel Macron and the Posting of Workers Directive

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A good pre-requisite would be to have some knowledge about the European Union and the functioning of the EU institutions, or at least an interest about how it works. Another asset would be a previous knowledge about socio-economic issues. However, if the student does not have any of the above, the most important for the course is a curiosity for European Affairs, an appetite to work in groups, and to debate.

Course Description

The main objective of the course is to explain through a concrete example, the EU posting of workers Directive, how the negotiation of a Directive works in practice and what are the key actors of the involved at the EU and the national level. This Directive is a timely topic as it has just been adopted on the 29th May 2018 by the European Parliament. The transposition still needs to be implemented by each member state. The course will be highly interactive and will follow a hands-on approach. The aim is to examine the different positions and involvement of all relevant stakeholders in the process and how the negotiation evolved. During the course, the specific role of France, and especially of Emmanuel Macron during his Presidential campaign and after he became President, will be analysed in depth.


WARIN, Colombe A. (Policy Officer at European Commission)

Pedagogical format

The class will be mainly interactive: - short introduction by the teacher - split in groups - feedback and conclusion - preparation for next session

Course validation

The validation mode will include: - 60% Presentation in class - 30% Written factsheet - 10% Oral participation and regular attendance


Students should arrive prepared for each session by reading some key documents (a list will be distributed from one class to the other one). Each student will be involved in group exercises performing (at least) one oral presentation and drafting a factsheet on a key topic relevant to the session.

Required reading

  • Wallace H., Wallace W., Pollack M., Policy-making in the EU, Oxford University Press (Ed 2005)
  • Jacqué J-P, Droit constitutionel et institutions politiques, Dalloz (2006)
  • Theodoropoulou S., Labour market policies in the era of pervasive austerity: A European perspective, Policy Press (2018)
  • Lequesne C., Doutriaux Y., Les Institutions de l'Union européenne, Paris, La Documentation Française (collection réflexe Europe), 9e édition, 2013

Additional required reading

Additional recommended readings will be distributed at the end of each class for the following one.