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An Easter Monday Lecture (Updated)

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.

4 Responses to An Easter Monday Lecture (Updated)

  1. You are going to do all of that in one lecture? Impressive!

  2. avatar Jaanika Erne says:

    This is a good comment!
    The course is for Master students, in EU law, and we have only 12 substantial meetings. Suggestions?

  3. The thing I find most fascinating right now is the rebalancing between the institutions and the mixture of institutional roles following the treaty reform.

    Questions like:
    Are Parliament and Council equal co-legislatures and does this imply reciprocal rights?
    How is the Parliament dealing with its new legal powers vis-à-vis the Council or vis-à-vis the Commission and how much of that is legally grounded?
    What kind of position does the High Representative have – more Commission, more Council, more sui generis?
    What to think of a Commission President who is also a member of the European Council, on similar footing as the President of the European Council?
    What about the new subsidiarity rules and the involvement of the national legislatures? (Very interesting question for those students who plan to work in national administrations or governments…)

    All these questions are more broadly focused beyond the role of single institutions. I usually have the feeling that many of the interinstitutional rules and procedures are quite hard to follow throughout the Treaties and that those issues that look pretty simple in the primary law are really complex in their implementation. One thing that comes to my mind is the question which Council working parties the High Representative is going to chair where it is really difficult to judge on which precise legal basis theses decision are taken.

    What I agree with you is that the agencies are usually forgotten, although I am not sure (better: I don’t really know) how interesting they are from a legal point of view.

    Altogether, my question would be whether you expect that the students already have a basic knowledge of EU law or EU politics that just needs to be “updated” and extended to less known or more complex parts or whether you are building knowledge from the scratch. This could be two completely different lectures depending on the audience.

    But in both cases it will be a tough programme and I’d be interested to see how you structure the semester.

  4. avatar Jaanika Erne says:

    If it could be of interest, the structure of the entire EU Law course is in my posting from March 29th.
    I consider Your “discussion” questions highly relevant. We discussed the question: “What kind of position does the High Representative have – more Commission, more Council, more sui generis?“ during the seminar. And that question inspired me to the extent I asked the students who could not attend the seminar to write essays on the following topic: “The Status of the High Representative of the EU – Representing the Commission or the Council or the Both Institutions or Acting sui generis?”

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