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Summer School "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"


Summer School "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

5th Edition

“Legislative initiative and agenda-setting in the European Union 

LUISS School of Government and PADEMIA

Rome, 11-15 July 2016

Rolling admissions - Limited places available

In the EU, agenda-setting and legislative activities are shaped by a complex interplay between domestic and European institutions. In this context, the role of EU intergovernmental institutions(in particular the European Council)in defining the general political direction of the EU and even its legislative agenda-setting has grown significantly in the last few years. By the same token, the European Commission still formally remains the only EU legislative agenda-setter, taking into account the input and the lobbying activity of private parties (business companies, NGOs, citizens' associations) on EU policy-making. In addition, new developments have been directly and indirectly triggered by the Treaty of Lisbon, such as the establishment of the European Citizens' Initiative and the political dialogue with national parliaments (with also the so called 'green card' initiative by some of them).

Who has the power of agenda-setting in the EU and how has this power changed after the Treaty of Lisbon and the Eurozone crisis? Do European citizens and parliaments, European and national, have a say in defining the EU legislative agenda and preparing legislative initiatives?

This summer school untangles these issues and provides its participants with a map of the current state of democracy at EU level, under the perspective of the civil society and interest groups, the parliaments of Europe, the European Commission as the main EU institution entitled to present legislative initiatives and, last but not least, the European Council.

Participants will be provided with knowledge and expertise that will allow them to understand and interpret the complex role of these institutions. The Faculty, which includes world-class academics and experienced officials from European and national institutions, reflects the need to combine theory with practice in understanding the future of Europe's democracy and the interplay between national and citizens' interests and the European Union "public good" as emerges through the EU legislative procedures.. 

This Summer School was awarded as a Jean Monnet module co-financed by the European Commission in 2013, 2014, 2015 and in 2015 was chosen as the winner of the PADEMIA teaching award.

This intensive summer course is organised in cooperation with:

  • LUISS Centre for Parliamentary Studies, that undertakes multidisciplinary research initiatives concerning the organisation and activities of the Italian Senate and Chamber of Deputies, Regional Parliaments and the European Parliament.
  • PADEMIA is a Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges that parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.
  • SciencesPo - Centre d'études européennes, Founded in 2005, the Centre d'études européennes is one of the nine research centres of Sciences Po. Its scientific project rests on a multidisciplinary and transversal approach to policy and politics. Its principal fields of research unfold into three transversal axes: to understand the European construction and its impact, to grasp the policy/politics articulation, and to invest in methodological questions.
  • ULB, Université Libre de Bruxelles, The Université libre de Bruxelles has 13 faculties, schools and specialized institutes that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. It offers almost 40 undergraduate programmes and 235 graduate programmes. It also partners 20 Doctoral schools, with almost 1,600 PhD in progress. One of the University's main aims is to give its students a solid foundation in critical thinking as well as a taste for research, while at the same time catering to the needs of new publics.

PADEMIA Network supports the participation to this Summer School programme to 16 participants. The support consists of full accomodation for the period of the course and travel reimbursement up to EUR 400. Participants will still be responsabile for paying tuition fee of EUR 650 (if part of the PADEMIA network you will receive a discount of 10%).  Should you want to be considered for this accommodation and travel grant, please indicate in the motivation letter and in the section "Note" of the application form and if you are affiliated to one of the PADEMIA Partners. Full list of EUPADRA members is available at