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Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"



Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

13th Edition

“Next Generation EU: implementation and extension”

15-19 July 2024

Luiss School of Government, Rome

Course to be held on campus

This summer program applies research-based knowledge and professional skills to the implementation of the mechanisms that have been put in place as the European response to the economic and social effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The focus is on the Next Generation EU and the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which have implemented a new “method of government”, established on a temporary basis, but sowing a seed that can germinate in the future. Through the Next Generation EU, an embryo of common debt was created for the first time to finance reforms and investments defined at national level, so stimulating growth to reabsorb the debts incurred to combat the pandemic.

National Recovery and Resilience Plans challenged both the European Union and the Member States and their initial drafting and, most of all, the implementation phases, because they insert several innovative features within the pre-existing euro-national budgetary procedures. The Next Generation EU also represents the basis through which the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact has been defined, as well as a tool to promote the rule of law.

The summer program intends to investigate the new mechanism set up by the European Union and the Member States from different points of view, taking into consideration the various aspects that this new type of integration raises: from a historical point of view, through a comparison with the Marshall Plan; from an economic-financial point of view, analyzing the new resources needed to repay the debt; from a legal and constitutional point of view, investigating not only the legal basis of the instrument, but also the impact it originates on forms of government and national institutions.

The first steps of this new “method of government” have been rather encouraging, especially when compared with cohesion policies and with the Country-specific recommendations issued during the European Semester.

Hence, its potential has been expanded and it has been used, as said, for the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact, as well as for increasing the energy autonomy of the EU after the war in Ukraine (through “REPowerEU”) and for other sectoral policies (i.e., Social Climate Fund)

Organized by Luiss since 2012, the summer program has been previously co-founded by the European Commission through the EACEA (the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency), as a Jean Monnet Module (2012-2015) on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADE) and then as a Jean Monnet Module (2016-2019) on Parliamentary Accountability and Technical Expertise: Budgetary Powers, Information and Communication Technologies and Elections (PATEU).

In 2024, the 13th edition is organized with:

Participants who are or have been affiliated to Luiss Guido Carli University or one of the partners will receive a discount of 10% on the fees.