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OAFP 5360 - EU financing (simulations and exercises)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

The course will consist of illustrated talks, debates with experts in the field, written tests, discharge and MFF exercises, a role-playing simulation on the EU budget procedure, and a one hour written exam in the last session. The course requires initial weekly reading of relevant parts of the course book /website and accompanying texts. During the exercises and the simulation, the participants will be expected to prepare questions, positions (draft texts for resolutions/budget amendments/negotiating positions between institutions /political group /member state arguments/press communiqués etc.) often in groups, and negotiate positions both within and between sessions. Students will need to keep the organisers aware of all such activities

Course Description

Through illustrated lectures, debates, exercises, and a simulation, to examine the financing of the European Union, through the full budget cycle from the determination of the multiannual financial framework, the annual political priorities, drawing up the draft budget, adopting and amending it, implementing, managing, controlling and auditing it, reporting and evaluating its results, until closure and budget discharge. To explain the legal framework and principles of the budget in its different phases under the Lisbon Treaty and similar provisions; to show the link between Union legislation and the budget, and to illustrate how Union programmes are financed. Where possible, to identify parallels between the Union's budget and national budgets.

Teachers

  • AMBROZ, Mojca (Auditeur, Commission Européenne)
  • SPENCE-RECHARD, James (Former Head of Unit, European Commission)

Pedagogical format

Subject to availabilities and modifications, and taking account of James Spence's presence at all sessions the course programme foresees the following sessions : Session 1: introduction and theory – election of class student representative and practical matters Session 2: Treaties and rules (participation of Ilkka Saarilahti) Session 3: The multiannual financial framework (MFF) and current matters (participation of Ilkka Saarilahti) Session 4: The MFF negotiations and exercises (group work) and current affairs (with Mojca Ambroz) Session 5: The 2019 EU draft budget: current state (participation of Ilkka Saarilahti) Session 6: Roleplaying on 2019 EU draft budget (with Mojca Ambroz) Session 7 Continuation of roleplaying on 2019 EU draft budget (with Mojca Ambroz) – group work Session 8 Negotiations on the draft budget (roleplaying) – group work with Mojca Ambroz Session 9: Finalisation of 2019 budget positions (participation of Ilkka Saarilahti) Session 10: Budget discharge exercise (with participation of Manfred Kraff and Niels Brokopp) Session 11: Budget discharge exercise role play Session 12 : I hr exam followed by evaluation (with Mojca Ambroz) Students will need to prepare a “briefing note on the 2019 draft budget “ for their hierarchical superior over end October/ beginning November holiday period

Course validation

Dans cette partie, vous devez renseigner les travaux que devront réaliser les étudiants pour valider l'enseignement. Important : Chaque enseignement de 24 heures doit être validé par une évaluation comprenant au moins trois notes distinctes. L'assiduité ne peut faire l'objet d'une évaluation à part et l'évaluation de la participation sur le modèle de la « main levée » ne peut représenter plus de 10% de la note finale. Students' work is expected to consist of all of the following activities: attending the 12 sessions; participating in discussions and group work; taking an active part in the budget simulation, discharge and multiannual financial framework exercises on the Union's budget and MFF; completing occasional tests of course comprehension; including one at the end of the course (1hr written exam). The work will be evaluated on the basis of all these activities.

Workload

The course requires initial weekly reading of relevant parts of the course book /websites and accompanying texts. During the exercises and the simulation, the participants will be expected to prepare questions, positions (draft texts for resolutions/budget amendments/negotiating positions between institutions /political group /member state arguments/press communiqués etc.) often in groups,and negotiate positions both within and between sessions. Students will need to keep the organisers aware of all such activities.

Required reading

Students are expected to be familiar with the institutions of the European Union and their functions. A multilingual website on the EU budget is at http://ec.europa.eu/budget/budget4results/index_en.cfm

Additional required reading

  • Relevant excerpts from the treaties and legislative texts help understanding the role of the EU budget in European integration. So the financial provisions in the treaties, the Financial Regulations and delegated acts, the Multiannual Financial Framework decision and other financial rules are source material.
  • Priestley, Julian Six battles that shaped the European Parliament John Harper Publishing London 2008(chapters 1 & 6) ISBN 978-0-9556202-3-2 and Chapter 9 of Clark, Stephen & Priestley, Julian Europe's Parliament: People, Places, Politics John Harper Publishing, London 2012 ISBN 978-0-9571501-0-) &
  • Spence, James A high price to pay? Britain and the European budget International Affairs 88 6 (2012) 1237-1260.
  • Apart from the Commission proposals, the EP and European Council positions, National governments' standpoints, political parties stances,and input from think tanks and pressure groups much material on the MFF is published, for instance: EPRS The Long-Term EU Budget [What Think Tanks Are Thinking]
  • Alfredo de Feo, A History of Budgetary Powers and Politics in the EU: The Role of the European Parliament - Part II: The non-elected Parliament 1957-1978 and Histoire des pouvoirs budgétaires et de la politique de l'Union européenne. Partie I : la Communauté européenne du charbon et de l'acier
  • Ilkka Saarilahti Les procédures budgétaires de l'Union européenne de 2012 à 2014 : le passage du cadre financier 2007-2013 au nouveau cadre financier 2014-2020 European Press Academic Publishing Florence Italy2015
  • Benedetto, Giacomo & Milio, Simona (eds.) European Union Budget Reform: Institutions, Policy and Economic Crisis Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke UK 2012, especially the early and later chapters;
  • Jutta Haug, Alain Lamassoure, Guy Verhofstadt, Daniel Gros, Paul De Grauwe, Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, EulaliaRubio Europe for Growth: For a Radical Change in Financing the EU Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) paperback April 2011 and more recent publication of CEPS on the budget and financial instruments.