1649 Fundamental EU Policies

1649 Fundamental EU Policies

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Aleksander Aristovnik, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • student analyzes the economic basis of the EU
  • student breaks down basic economic and other bases for the EU integration and their direct and/or indirect impact on the public sector
  • student demonstrates the division of tasks and responsibilities between the EU Member States and the EU in implementing and monitoring the effects of the EU policies
  • student shows similarities and differences between the functioning of the EU policies in different Member States and compare them with Slovenia


  • student will be able to orient within the system of economic and legal terms of EU
  • student will understand the relationships within the public sector of the EU and the EU Member States
  • student will understand the economics and the analysis of the EU and its policies
  • student will be able to combine and transfer knowledge into practice
  • student will be able to explain and compare the developments in the field of the EU policies

2. Content

  • History, facts and basics of EU integration
  • Narrower and broader aspects of EU integration and the consequences for the public sector at national level
  • Economic integration, labor market, migration and the public sector
  • EU budget
  • Common agricultural (and fisheries) policy
  • European regional policy
  • The European Monetary Union
  • European competition policy and state aid
  • European social and employment policy
  • The European policy of consumer protection and public health
  • European environmental policy and European transport policy
  • European industrial policy and European trade policy

3. Readings

  • Baldwin R., Wyplosz C.: The Economics of European Union (4th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012 (izbrana poglavja) 225 str.
  • Ali M. El-Agraa: The European Union: Economics and Policies (9th Edition). Cambridge: University Press, 2011 (izbrana poglavja) 110 str.
  • Fontaine P.: Europe in 12 Lessons. Brussels: European Commission, 2014, 46 str.
  • EU policies (accessible on the Internet). Brussels: European Commission. 80 str.

4. Intended learning outcomes

The student is able to understand the economic background of functioning of the EU and its policies in relation to national policies and their general effects and the effects on the public sector of the EU Member States. Additionally, he/she is able to link the content of course with other courses and scientifically and professionally address certain economic issue/problem associated with the EU and to transfer findings to the others.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • seminar paper
  • case study
  • e-learning
  • individual tutorial

6. Assessment

  • seminar work (40%)
  • written and/or oral exam (60%)