EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS
Fall Term 1995
Ferdinand Kinsky
Centre International de Formation Europeenne
for the Department of International Relations and European Studies
Central European University



Course Description

Since the end of the Cold War the prospect of the enlargement of the international institutions developed within Western Europe to incorporate the entire region. This course will survey the development of these institutions. It will focus primarily on the European Union, with reference also to NATO, the Council of Europe, and the OSCE. The course will include a simulation exercise based on an EU Council of Ministries negotiation.

Course Outline and Readings:

Week 1: The Historical Background of European Integration
Historical reasons for European unification and discussion on contemporary reasons. First steps to Unity: the Marshall Plan and OEEC, the Council of Europe and the Human rights convention. The Schuman declaration and the method of Jean Monnet.

Required reading:
Frans A.M.Alting von Geusau, Beyond Containment and Division, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dorrecht-Boston-London, 1992.
Pascal Fontaine, Europe in Ten Lessons.
John Pinder, European Community, Building of a Union, Oxford University Press.

Week 2: The European Union I
The three treaties of the European Community EEC and EAEC (Euratom). From the Customs Union to the Maastricht Treaty - a summary of the EU objectives and policies. The Institutions.

Required reading:
Emil Noel, Working together - the Institutions of the European Community
William Wallace, The Dynamics of European Integration
Andrew Duff, John Pinder (eds.), Maastricht and Beyond - Building the European Union, Routledge, London- New York.

Week 3: The European Union II
Decision making procedures. European v. National law. The budget of the European Union.

Required reading:
European Commission, The ABC of European Law
Andrew Duff, John Pinder (eds.), Maastricht and Beyond, Routledge, London-NY.

Week 4: Role Play
Preparation of the role play on decision making. The role play. Evaluation.

Week 5: Selected National European Policies
Large member states: Germany, France, UK. Small member states: the Benelux countries, Denmark. The new member states: Austria, Finland, Sweden.

Required reading:
A.Duff and others (eds.), Maastricht and Beyond, London-NY
Patrick McCarthy (ed.), France - Germany 1983- 1993: The Struggle to Cooperate, New York, St.Martins, 1993.

Week 6: The Institutional Conception in Central and East European Countries
The Visegrad countries. Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia. Other East European countries.

Required reading:
A.Duff et al (ed.), Maastricht and Beyond

Week 7: Scenarios for the Future of Europe
A methodological introduction. Different scenarios: A Europe a la carte, a Europe of concentric circles or a Europe of different speeds. Confederation, federation or a model sui generis

Required reading:
Ferdinand Kinsky, Information, Culture and Participation, in Perspectives, winter 1993-94, p. 95-101.



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