As it is not an official holiday in Estonia today, I am giving my second lecture-seminar on EU law at the Tallinn University.
I hope to discuss the TEU, the TFEU, the economic policy, CFSP, ESDP, PJCC, the seven institutions and their composition, role, powers, voting mechanisms if applicable, as well as the role and functions of the ESC, the CoR, and the EU Agencies (the latter topic being constantly forgotten by lecturers) during the lecture.
I shall come back later and comment, whether it was a Bright Monday lecture or not. Perhaps I even put up a link to the lecture then.
F.: What we discussed, was initially in detail structured as follows: Introduction to the Treaties and Institutions. Aims and development of the basic treaties. TEU. TFEU. Institutions and Methods: Methods: Common Foreign and Security Policy. European Security and Defence Policy. Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters. Institutions. The European Council: Agenda Setting. The Council of the EU: Council Formations. Presidency. COREPER. Voting in the Council. The Powers of the Council. The Role of the Council. The Commission: The College of Commissioners. Appointment. Removal. Composition. Decision-making. Presidency of the Commission. Powers (legislative, administrative, executive, judicial). The Role. The European Parliament: Composition. Election of MEPs. Functioning. Powers (legislative, appointment and dismissal, supervisory, budgetary). The Role. Petitioning. The Court of Justice of the European Union. The Court of Justice. The General Court. Civil Service Tribunal. The Court of Auditors. ECB. Economic and Social Committee. Committee of the Regions. Agencies. The European Ombudsman.
In reality, we really did face time problem, and consequently I removed the part starting from The Council of the EU and ending with Petitioning, with the aim to discuss those questions during our next seminar on Competence, Law-making and Policy-making taking place on Friday.
The students attending the course are mostly foreign Master students from Poland, Turkey, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia, studying European Studies, Maths, Political Studies. Although I am a lawyer, I nevertheless do not allow myself being influenced by the students’ different background, but try to explain legal aspects, as the course is in EU law, and covers only the basic concepts and relations.
As for the link to the lecture in live, I shall first view some more of those and then decide, which one is merited enough to be put up here.