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European Economic Integration (EBM 2012-2013)


European Economic Integration (5 ECTS), ECON

Dr. J.F. de Kort e.a.

In the 1990s, the European Union established a common currency, the Euro, and prepared the ground for enlargement with 10 countries from Central and East Europe and two more from the Mediterranean. In 2000, it formulated its ambition to create a sustainable, innovative economy that was able to compete with the best globally (Lisbon Agenda). Recently, the Europe 2020 strategy was proposed by the European Commission which aims at “smart, sustainable, inclusive growth” with greater coordination of national and European policy. These policies build on a solid basis of successful economic integration. In this course, we will analyze the benefits of economic integration as well as the conditions that need to be fulfilled and the steps that need to be taken to achieve a truly internal market. At the end of this course the student will have a thorough understanding of the economic policies of the European Union, of the interaction with national economic policies, and of the challenges that lay ahead. He/she will be able to evaluate the interaction of national economic policies and those of the European Union, and link legal and political developments in the European Union to economic developments and will be able to present the relevant discussions.

Lectures and assignments. Students are expected to actively engage in discussions with regard to the assignments.


  • Susan Senior Nello, the European Union. Economics, Policies and History. Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009

  • Reader

Assignments and written exam.


  • After successfully completing the course, the student understands important (current) issues in the field of European Economic Integration.
    The student has a command of the core elements in this field of expertise. The student is able to collect, process and interpret information in the field of Economic Integration.