Public Participation in the Institutions of the European Union

UAB Barcelona Summer School

06-Public Participation in the Institutions of the European Union - Cristina Blasi

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: Online
Teaching Period: 12 July to 30 July

  • 9-10h: Lecture class with professor 
  • 10-11h: Interactive seminar
  • 11-12h: Organised tutoring sessions

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before April 30 will get 20% discount.  

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Dr Cristina Blasi is Assistant Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is a researcher and lecturer of EU Law and Public Participation in the EU institutions in the Law Faculty. After she completed her Law Degree in 2007, holds an MA in EU Integration (Barcelona, 2008), a LL.M. on EU Law (Saarland, 2009) and a LL.M on Comparative, European and International Laws (Florence, 2011). She completed her Ph.D. in Law at the European University Institute (Florence, 2015), in which she specialised on EU privacy and data protection law. As for her professional experience, she carried out paid internships at the Legal Service of the European Commission (2010), the European Supervisor of Data Protection (2012) and Europol (2013).

Dr Blasi has 9 years of teaching experience to undergraduate and graduate students at several universities, and she is currently coordinating the H2020 project “IT methods and tools for managing migration FLOWS” (ITFLOWS), and the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Module “EUCONAS”.

Mrs Lidia Ballesta is a pre-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) since September 2016. She is a researcher and lecturer on EU matter as the Law Faculty. After she completed her Law Degree in 2009, she completed a Master degree on EU integration (Barcelona, 2012) She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in which her main research field is the EU Digital Single Market Strategy and the EU regulation on Copyright and Intellectual Property. As for her professional experience, she carried out an internship at the Spanish Desk of Eurojust (2010). 

She has been working as a lawyer since 2010, becoming for 2015 and 2016 Legal Manager of a Music Publishing Company dealing with copyright and licensing issues all over the globe. She currently teaches EU Law and Digital Law to undergraduate and graduate students at different universities and business schools.

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Contents overview

This course aimes to analyze those rights linked to European citizenship, and also for people residing in the EU territory. It will address the case-law developed by the CJEU as well as the tools available for civil society to participate in the policies and decision-making processes in the EU. It will also provide more understanding on the means of communication that EU citizens and residents within the EU have before the institutions of the EU for expressing their opinions, practical needs and concerns. 

During the course, students will carry out different types of activities. A large part of the learning is acquired outside the classroom, through the autonomous study of the student. This study is complemented with the reading of texts and case-law, as well as the preparation and writing of assignments and activities.

Class attendance is essential because there will be several theoretical sessions, necessary for developing the assignments and activities. In addition, a large part of these activities are performed in class hours, and consist of the participation in debates, solving questions related to case-law or texts previously read, and also giving oral presentations.


Week programme


 Week   Contents Teaching/learning activities

Concept and limits of European citizenship


Political rights of European citizens

1. The concept and origin of the term “citizenship”


2. Nationality vs. citizenship


3. History of EU citizenship


4. EU citizenship since the Maastricht Treaty


5. Legal basis of EU citizenship in the Lisbon Treaty


6. Secondary legislation on EU citizenship


7. Schengen Agreement


8. Protection of EU citizens beyond the EU borders


9. Treatment of third-country nationals in the EU


10. Case-law on EU citizenship


11. The right to vote in the EU


12. Participation of the EU citizens in the European Parliament elections


13. Different national electoral systems among Member States


14. Assignment 1 on European citizenship

The powers and functions of the European Parliament


The role of national parliaments in the EU


Referendums on EU issues


1. Secretariat of the European Parliament


2. Members of the European Parliament


3. Members of the political groups


4. Parliamentary Committees


5. Functions of the European Parliament


6. Origins of the participation of national parliaments


7. Tasks of national parliaments


8. The subsidiarity principle


9. Stages of the preventive control on the legislative procedure


10. Procedures triggered so far


11. Membership referendums


12. Referendums on the ratification of Treaties


13. Referendums on EU policies.


14. Different regulations in the EU Member States


15. Case study: Brexit


16. Assignment 2 on national parliaments or Brexit

The EU citizens' initiative in the Treaty of Lisbon


The participation of civil society: The European Economic and Social Committee


Petitions and complaints of EU citizens

1. Phases of the EU citizens' initiative procedure.


2. Successful European Citizens’ Initiatives to date


3. The Regulation on European Citizens’ Initiative


4. Objectives of the EESC


5. Members of the EESC


6. The presidency of the EESC


7. The right to petition before the European Parliament


8. The European Ombudsman


9. Assignment 3 on EU citizens' initiative



The evaluation will consist of 5 different activities:

  1. Three assignments to be conducted and submitted in class (20% each) at the end of each week
  2. Submission of all class activities (20%)
  3. Attendance and participation in class(20%).

The dates for the 3 assignments are 16, 23 and 30 July 2021.

Students who for justifiable reasons have not been able to submit one of the three assignments on the specific date, may have the possibility to do an extra activity under the criteria indicated by the lecturer. The conditions of eligibility for this extra activity are strict and decided on a case-by-case basis. A student who cheats or tries to cheat in an exam will be given a 0 mark. A student who submits a paper or a practical exercise in which evidence of plagiarism can be identified will be given a 0 and will receive a warning.The material and language of the course is English.


Links and references


Cristina Blasi Casagran, "Handbook on public participation in the institutions of the European Union" (2nd edition), Servei de Publicacions UAB (Bellaterra: 2020), ISBN 978-84-490-8523-9



  • Elspeth Guild and Valsamis Mitsilegas, "Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe", Brill | Nijhoff, Boston, Massachusetts (USA), April 2015, ISSN: 1568-2749
  • David M. Farrell and Roger Scully, "Representing Europe's Citizens?Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation", Oxford University Press, May 2007, ISBN: 9780199285020
  • Ulrike Liebert, Alexander Gattig and Tatjana EVAS, "Democratising the EU from Below? Citizenship, Civil Society and the Public Sphere", Ashgate, 2013, ISBN 9781472408303
  • Fernando Mendez, Mario Mendez and Vasiliki Triga, "Referendums and the European Union. A Comparative  Inquiry", Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policies, June 2014, ISBN: 9781107034044
  • The European Ombudsman: Origins, Establishment, Evolution, Dictus Publishing, December 2010, ISBN-10: 3843343403.
  • Cristina Blasi Casagran, Global data protection in the field of law enforcement: An EU perspective, Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group, Oxfordshire, UK, June 2016.
  • Kristine Kruma, "EU Citizenship, Nationality and Migrant Status: An Ongoing Challenge", Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013.
  • Gregorio Garzón Clariana, "El control parlamentario del ejecutivo en la Unión Europea" F. Pau i Vall (coord..): El control del Gobierno en democracia, Madrid, Tecnos, 2013, p. 19-40.
  • Gregorio Garzón Clariana, "Les droits politiques des citoyens de l'Europe: les vingt premières années", ERA Forum (2013) p. 545-567.