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Course Description

Course: European Economic Integration

Code: ECO423

Semester: 2nd

Tutor: E. Tsipouri

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the course is to allow students to understand the procedure of the European Economic Integration and its influence on the economic performance  of the Member States and on the regional disparities of the regions of Europe.

Course Content:

Theoretical context of the process of the economic integration and the historical conditions at the time the European Communities (EC) were created: stages of economic integration, consequences of the enlargements of the EC ,  legal and budgetary matters.

Community institutions and decision making processes at the supranational level.

Economic policy of the EC: Common Agricultural Policy,  the Single Market, trade policy within the international economic environment, industry policy and European competitiveness, monetary policy and the European Monetary System, European Regional Development Policy and Social Policy.

The syllabus is composed of the following topics:

· Theoretical context

· The international environment, the creation of ECSC

· Creation of EEC, EURATOM, EU

· Deepening and enlargement

· The institutional framework

· The budget and the community law

· The Single Market (basic principles)

· The Single Market (free movement of goods)

· The Single Market (free movement of production factors)

· Common External Trade Policy

· Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

· Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)

· Competitiveness Policy

· Structural Policies: Regional Development

· Structural Policies: Κοινωνική Πολιτική

· Policy of environmental protection and energy policy


  • “The New European Economy on the verge of the 21st century”, L. Tsoukalis, Papazisis Publications Α.Ε.Β.Ε., 1998, Athens
  • & notes from e-class.

Exams, Essays and Evaluations:

Essays are voluntary and contribute from 0 to 2 points to the final exam grade, as long as the latter is above 5. If the final exam grade is not above 5, the 1-2 points of the essay add up to the mark when the result of the exam is successful.