Decision-making process in Europe: theory and practice

leusl2102  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Decision-making process in Europe: theory and practice
3 credits
15.0 h
de Streel Alexandre; Wathelet Melchior;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course proposes a double perspective of analysis, both chronological and functional. It allows to piece together the key stages of the decision-making process: internal procedures proper to the main institutions, inter-institutional procedures, involvement of stakeholders. Several recent examples are provided.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The course is aimed at familiarizing the students with the theory and the reality of European decision procedures: legal and political foundations; institutional practice; assessment in the light of the good governance requirements


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Each political and legal stage composing the decision-making process is examined, from the impulsion by the European Council to the execution where the adoption of such measures is required. Among other topics, attention is paid to the programmation cycle, the operation of the institutions and their organs as well as to complex procedures like the codecision and the comitology. Three case studies are provided: European banking Union, financial transaction tax and international accounting standards.
Evaluation methods
Written or oral examination.
Other information
Prerequisite: LEUSL2011 "Acteurs du système politique européen" or LEUSL2015 "Actors of the European political system"
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in Public Administration