THE EU INTERNAL MARKET: ECONOMIC FREEDOMS AND COMPETITION

CORE MODULE (EUL) (7,5 ECTS)

Description

This module introduces the students to the founding economic model of the EU and the principles and mechanisms of the EU internal market, namely free movement of goods, persons, services and capitals, as well as free competition. Emphasis will be given to the recent EU legislation and to the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).


Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to

  • understand the rules and mechanisms of the free movement principle
  • understand the scope and the rules concerning free competition within the EU market
  • assess the behavior of companies and Member States in the field of competition
  • understand the relationship between fundamental rights and the EU internal market
  • apply such knowledge in order to handle and solve free movement and competition cases

     

Contents

The course discusses the founding economic model of the EU: Free movement of goods, persons, services and capitals (content and possible restrictions/exceptions based on public interest grounds; the notions of discrimination and obstacle; the mutual recognition mechanisms; the ‘clash’ between economic freedoms and fundamental rights). It also provides an in-depth examination of EU Competition Law: Prohibition of cartels and abuse of dominant position; control of State aids; the notion of "relevant market", the "de minimis" rule, the fining policy of the European Commission; public and private enforcement mechanisms in EU competition law.


Academic Requirements

Participants are required to have at least some basic previous knowledge of EU Law.


Teaching method

The course will run under both seminar and workshop format, which requires a high degree of student activity. Students are expected to make a ppt presentation on a specific subject. Legal material (EU Treaty provisions, Regulations, Directives, Communications) as well as CJEU case law will be made available and discussed thoroughly during the courses. The course will be supported by teaching material. Specialized literature and relevant websites will also be communicated to the students.


Lecturers

The course is taught by Associate Professor Revekka-Emmanouela Papadopoulou and Assistant Professor Metaxia Kouskouna.


Assessment and testing

  • Written exam, closed book (2 essay questions or comment on a CJEU case) - 2 hours (60%)
  • One ppt presentation assignment (40%)