European public finance

2021 European public finance

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other forms of study: 88
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Maja Klun, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • The development of the EU financial system
  • EU enlargement and budget challenges
  • EU and financial framework
  • Community expenditure framework
  • The principles of EU budget
  • Budgetary procedure
  • Structure of EU budget revenues
  • Structure of EU budget expenditures
  • Implementation of the EU budget
  • Internal and  external control
  • Operations outside the budget
  • Relationship between national and EU budgets

3. Readings

  • European Commission. (2008). European Union Public Finance. 4th ed. Office for Official Publication of the European Communities, Luxembourg.
  • De Feo, Alfredo in Laffan Brigid (ur) (2016). Eu own reources: Momentum for a reform? European University Institute. Dostopno na
  • Aktualni članki in statistika s področja evropskega finančnega okvira (seznam na predavanjih)

4. Objectives and competences


  • argue mechanisms of European public financing
  • evaluate procedure and processes of European public finance
  • critically evaluate collection and distribution of EU budget revenues
  • analyse instruments of distribution of public revenues to different policies
  • compare EU budgets historically, in connection to national budgets


  • ability for independent research work
  • ability to perform
  • creative thinking and application of gained knowledge
  • to argue and to present results to interesting public
  • to understand instruments and mechanisms EU public finance
  • to evaluate and conduct economic policies connected to EU public financing

5. Intended learning outcomes

  • Students will understand the development and importance of EU public finance
  • Students will know the functioning of mechanisms of community’s public finance
  • Students will be able to argue different purposes of EU budget expenditure
  • Students will critically evaluate EU budget process in related public policies

6. Learning and teaching methods

  • preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • preparations for seminars
  • seminars
  • case study
  • problem based learning
  • seminar paper

7. Assessment

  • written or oral exam 60 %
  • seminar work (project work, seminar workpaper) and presentation 40 %

8. Lecturer's references

  • KOTNIK, Žiga, KLUN, Maja. (2013) Is EU effectively and efficiently using public funds in a case of waste pollution? : Elektronski vir. World journal of environmental research, vol. 3, no. 1
  • KLUN, Maja, SLABE ERKER, Renata (2012). Zaznavanje razvoja trajnostnega kmetijstva = Perceived development of sustainable agriculture. Uprava, ISSN 1581-7555, jun. 2012, letn. 10, št. 2, str. 29-70
  • KOTNIK, Žiga, KLUN, Maja. (2016) A performance budgeting model in the environmental perspective. V: MOKRYŠ, Michal (ur.), BADURA, Štefan (ur.). Proceedings in advanced research in scientific areas, (Proceedings in Advanced Research in Scientific Areas (CD-ROM), ISSN 1338-9831, ISSN 2453-6962). Zilina: EDIS - Publishing Institution of the University of Zilina
  • KOTNIK, Žiga, KLUN, Maja. (2014). Statistical methodology in the scope of performance budgeting. V: ŠUVAK, Nenad (ur.). Proceedings. Osijek: J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Department of Mathematics, str. 159-163.