European Economic Integration

UAB Barcelona Summer School

27 - European Economic Integration - Ferran Brunet

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: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period: 21 June to 9 July, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.

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Ferran Brunet (1953) has a Ph.D. in Economics (1985) and is an Associate Professor of Applied Economics. He teaches and researches on European Integration. He has researched on European Economy, Economic Policy, Public Finance, Urban Renewal, and Economic Dynamics. He has published 40 papers and 12 books, among them a reference textbook (Curso de Integración Europea, Madrid, Alianza, 2nd ed. 2010) as well as a classic on the Olympics (Economy of the Barcelona Olympic Games, Lausanne, International Olympic Committee, 1994). He is currently working on the new European Economic Governance, Regulatory Quality, Competition Deficit, Imbalances, Competitiveness, Structural Reforms, and the European Model.

  • Department of Applied Economics
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Contents overview

This Course attempts to learn about the European Union, its politics, economics and challenges. The objectives of the Course are:

  • To understand the fundamentals of the European integration process.
  • To comprehend the forms and dynamics of the institutional system of the European Union.
  • To analyse competition, trade, monetary, agricultural, internal, regional and social European policies.
  • To learn and debate on the characteristics, capabilities, limitations and challenges of the European Union.
  • To understand the relationship between deepening policies and enlargements, and between competitiveness and solidarity in Europe.
  • To analyse the European integration in a context of globalization.
  • To manage the European Union sources.
  • This Course favours a high student participation. For this, participants will have all the learning materials at the UAB Campus Virtual – Moodle.


Week programme

European Economic Integration
Week Daily contents/ Teaching & Learning activities (Presentations, Readings and Proofs)

1 Europe & the European Union

  1. A Course Overview
  1. Elements of European Integration - (Presentations and Readings)
  1. The Dynamics of the European Communities - (Presentations and Readings)
  1. The European Union System - (Presentations and Readings)
  1. The Economic Liberties & the European Policies - (Presentations, Readings and Proofs)

2 The European Union Polices

       6. The Common Competition Policy - (Presentations and Readings)

       7. The European Policies on Energy, Industry, Transport, Technology, Environment and Consumption - (Presentations and Readings)

       8. Trade Policy & Common Agricultural Policy - (Presentations and Readings)

       9. The Economic and Monetary Union - (Presentations and Readings)

     10. The Regional and Cohesion Policy - (Presentations, Readings and Proofs)

3 The European Union Economic Policies and Challenges

     11. The European Social Policy & the European Welfare - (Presentations and Readings)

     12. The Euro Crisis - (Presentations and Readings)

     13. The European Economic Governance - (Presentations and Readings)

     14. The European Challenges: Internal: From Unemployment to Institutional System; and external: Brexit, Neighborhoods, US and Global - (Presentations, Readings and Proofs) 

     15. A Course Summary - (Presentations and Readings)



The final grade will be composed by 10 % from one student presentation + 30 % from 14 one-page daily statements + 60 % from 3 brief week proofs.


Links and references


Baldwin, Robert and Charles Wyplosz (2020), Economics of European Integration, 6th edition, McGraw Hill.

Brunet, Ferran (2010), Curso de Integración Europea, 2nd edition, Alianza Editorial.

European Parliament: Fact Sheets on the European Union <>.

European Union: Glossary of the Summaries < >.

European Union: Topics of the European Union <>.

Moussis, Nicholas (2020), Europedia <>.



Badinger, Harald and Volker Nitsch (eds.) (2016), Routledge Handbook of the Economics of European Integration, Routledge.

Borchardt, Klaus-Dieter (2019), The ABC of EU law, 8th ed., Publications Office of the European Union.

Bréchon, Pierre and Frédéric Gonthier (dirs.) (2014), Les valeurs des Européens: évolutions et clivages, Armand Collin.

Brunnermeier, Markus K., Harold James and Jean-Pierre Landau (2016), The Euro and the Battle of Ideas, Princeton UP.

European Commission. Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (2020), Convergence Report 2020, European Union Publications Office.

European Parliament (2019), 100 Books on Europe to Remember, EP.

Fontaine, Pascal (2020), 12 leçons sur l’Europe, 19th ed., Office des publications de l’Union européenne.

Phelps, Edmund S. and Hans-Werner Sinn (eds.) (2011), Perspectives on the Performance of the Continental Economies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rodrigues, Maria Joao and Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou (eds.) (2014), The Eurozone crisis and the transformation of EU governance: internal and external implications, Ashgate.

Wallace, Hellen, Mark A. Pollack and Alasdair R. Young (2019), Policy-Making in the European Union, 8th edition, Oxford UP.



Brunet, Ferran (2019), “Eurozona y no movilidad del trabajo”, Información Comercial Española, No. 900, January-February, pp. 17-27.

Brunet, Ferran (2016), “The European Imbalances: Competitiveness and Economic Policy in a Non-Optimal Monetary Union”, Cuadernos Económicos de ICE, No. 91, June, pp. 27-54.

Brunet, Ferran (2015), “Stability and Competitiveness in the European Monetary Union”, Ekonomiaz, No. 82, pp. 83-107.

Brunet, Ferran (2012), “Regulatory Quality and Competitiveness in Recent European Union Member States”, L’Europe en formation, No. 364.

European Commission. Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (2019), “European Economic Forecast – Spring 2019”, European Economy - Institutional Papers, May.

Gros, Daniel (2017), “The Rise and Fall of the Euro”, in Daniel Gros (ed.) (2017), Macroeconomic Policy under the Euro: The First Years, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 7-52.

Manyika, James, Jaana Remes and Jonathan Woetzel (2014), “A productivity perspective on the future of growth”, McKinsey Quarterly’s, September.

McKinsey Global Institute (2015), “Highlights”, in A Window of Opportunity for Europe, London, McKinsey Company, pp. ii-37.

OECD (2018), “OECD Economic Surveys: European Union 2018” <>.

Szczepański, Marcin (2019), “Economic impacts of artificial intelligence”, European Parliamentary Research Service, Doc. No. PE 637.967.


Main Internet sites

Euractiv: EU news and policy debates <>.

European Central Bank: Research & Publications <>.

European Commission: European Economy Explained <>.

European Commission: Europe 2020 <>

European Union: Official Website of the European Union <>.

European Union: The common EU response to COVID-19 <>.

International Monetary Fund: The IMF and the Euro Area <>.

OECD: European Union <>.