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Taught by world-renowned academics and experts, this summer program applies research-based knowledge to the practical contexts that European Parliament and national parliaments as well as executives face nowadays in the framework of the budgetary procedures.

The faculty will create a teaching and seminar environment that is likely to foster experiential learning and to allow participants to debate new concepts, ideas and challenges while working together through seminars and group work.

The course lasts two weeks, the first, from 10 to 14 July 2017, primarily focused on the exercise of budgetary powers at domestic level; the second, from 17 to 21 July 2017, mainly devoted to the EU budget and budgetary procedures, and it covers the following subject areas:

1st week (10-14 July 2017)

  • Budgetary policy between democracy and technocracy
  • The budget as a democratic instrument: what remains of the principle “no taxation without representation” today?
  • The constitutional enforcement of budgetary rules
  • The structure of a public budget
  • Does the Government actually lead national budgetary procedures? Comparing the situation in the EU Member States and in the US
  • National parliaments in the European Semester
  • The practice of the economic (and monetary) dialogue: the relationship between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank
  • What has been implemented of the Five Presidents’ Report of 2015: the democratic commitments 

2nd week (17-21 July 2017)

  • Independent fiscal institutions: non-identified objects?
  • Parliaments and constitutional courts in the Eurozone crisis: a difficult relationship on the exercise of budgetary powers
  • The history and the evolution of the EU budget
  • The Multiannual Financial Framework: the need for a better coordination between national budgets and EU budget
  • The EU system of  own resources: a challenge to the budgetary authority of the European Parliament?
  • The discharge procedure and the accountability of the European Commission before the European Parliament
  • The discharge procedure and the accountability of the European Commission before the European Parliament
  • Towards a reformed EU budget, more democratic and respondent to the needs of EU citizens

Students can decide to attend the course both weeks or either of them. 

The programme is available here

The Summer Program will start with an opening lecture and will end with a closing conference by prominent academics and practitioners. 

The lectures, given by top-level and senior academics, will consist in 45 minute lecture and 45 minute Q&A. They provide the participants with the theoretical framework and the conceptual analysis instrumental to fully exploit the other academic activities offered by the teaching staff

- The training sessions, also with simulation exercises, aim to develop practical skills of the participants and to train them in the field of the budgetary-related inter-institutional procedures.

- The Guest professional seminar series aims to move the participants closer to the institutional reality and policy-making by focusing on case studies. In addition, seminars, led by junior scholars, intend to focus on a comparative overview of notions and concepts dealt with by lectures and guest professional seminars.

Paper discussions, coordinated by young scholars, will be devoted to discuss papers that the students can be interested to present ad to provide them with feedback.The best papers presented by the participants will be published by LUISS School of Government as part of its Working Paper Series 

Participants will also have a first-hand experience during a visit to the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Senate’s budget committees.