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Jean Monnet Summer Seminar 2012

Bruxelles,  9-13 July 2012

The Jean Monnet International Summer Seminars of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, now in its 9th edition, will take place from the 9th to the 13th July, 2012, in Bruxelles. The theme of this year is Italy and the European Union.

The purpose of this week-long seminar is provide an in-depth, comprehensive analysis of how Italy relates to the European Union in order to provide participants with an in depth knowledge of the whos and hows of Italy's action within the European Union. The seminar will have a hands-on practical approach, alternating lectures with meetings with the top Italian and European public servants, diplomats and governmental actors. The teaching format will see the alternation of front teaching, round tables and visits to the EU institutions and the Italian Institutions in Bruxelles.

The seminar will focus on themes such as:

Actors and procedures (formal and informal): relevant variables in defining Italy's interests and national positions. How are national interests defined in Italy? Who are the relevant actors? What procedures are followed (formal and informal)? How are national positions defended?

Interests, aims and strategies. Which are Italy's main interests, aims and objectives in EU policymaking? How much have these changed over the years? Which are the strategies employed to pursue them?

Impact. What is the outcome of Italy's action in the EU? How has Italy's action affected “high” and “low” politics in the EU? What is the future of Italy in the European Union and in the EMU?

Among the classes / round tables that will take place:

Italy's relations with the European Communities and Union in a historical prospective

The Italian executive and European affairs (the different actors dealing with EU issues in the government; inter-ministerial and intra-ministerial coordination, etc.)

The Italian Public Administration presence in Bruxelles

The Italian Parliament and European affairs

The transposition of EU law into national law and its prospective of reforms

Italy in the European Parliament

Italians working for the EU Institutions: challenges and opportunities

The elaboration of the national positions to be promoted in the European Institutions

Key issues for Italy in EU negotiations today

The Economic crises, the Euro and Southern Europe

The Italian Regions and the EU

The Italian Socio-economic interests in Bruxelles

The peculiarities of the Italian socio-economic system and the representation of Italian economic interests in Bruxelles

Covering the EU: Italian media strategies in Brussel

Teaching hours and credits

The seminar will have 30 contact hours, for an equivalent of 4 ECTS / 2 US credits each.  


The fee for enrolment in 450€ unless otherwise stipulated with the participants' institution. A few partial scholarships are available as well. The fee comprises the course material – including the book Italy and the EU – a welcome cocktail; a networking cocktail with Italian officials in EU institutions and other relevant institutions in Brussels; visits to EU institutions, the final diploma. All travel and local expenses are at the charge of participants. The Institute will be happy to assist with logistics (ex. hotel).


The deadline for the applications is the 30th June 2012.


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