UT-102 EU Policies and the Future of Regions

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Territorial Planning and Regional Development
2nd Year, sem 2, 2023-2024 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 4
Course Leader:
conf.dr.arh Gabriel Pascariu
Learning outcomes:
The discipline provides a global perspective and information about the structuring, transformation and recent tendencies of the European Union with an accent on issues related to institutional building, public policies – especially the cohesion one – and the role of regions. The course aims to provide to the graduation year master students a better understanding of multi-scalar relations (region, state, EU) and of the way these ones influence the spatial and regional development processes in general and Romania’s evolution, in particular. Within the context of recent challenges and trends undergoing at European and EU scale, the course proposes a necessary connection to history in order to explain and interpret correctly the present and be better prepares to face the foreseen transformation.
The first part of the course presents the institutional structure of the EU, with a focus on the changes produced by the Reform Treaty. The second part describes the specific evolutions influenced by the Lisbon Strategy and Cohesion Policy, focusing on the Territorial Cohesion. The third and last part of the course describes and analyse the recent regionalisation processes.
1. Institutional structure and organisation of the EU and the DG Regio
2. The institutional reform and the Lisbon Treaty
3. Economic, social and territorial cohesion of the EU
4. Other EU policies and the reforms of the Cohesion Policy
5. Lisbon strategy and competitiveness
6. The region in the EU: the Committee of Regions and the Territorial Pacts
7. Europe 2020 and the Cohesion Policy
8. Recent regionalisation processes in the EU (Denmark, France – project)
9. Coordination and implementation of the cohesion policy in Romania
10. Perspectives of the regionalisation process in Romania
Titles of practical themes:
1. Case study: the Treaty of Rome
2. Lisbon Strategy: specific indicators and performance evaluation
3. European regions: comparative analyses
4. Perspectives of the next programming period
Teaching Method:
Lectures, participatory activities, debates, individual work
Evaluation based on presentations / interventions and final examination based on a scientific paper
Schuman Declaration (9th of May 1950); (http://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/doc/questions-d-europe/qe-204-en.pdf).
Dăianu D., Vrânceanu R., 2002, România și Uniunea Europeană, Ed. Polirom, Iași.
Drăgan, Gabriela, Uniunea Europeană între federalism și interguvernamentalism. Politici comune ale UE, Editura ASE, București, 2005
Prisecaru, Petre, Idu, Nicolae (coord), Reforma constituțională și instituțională a UE, Editura Economică, București 2003.
EC 2004, Facing the challenge. The Lisbon strategy for growth and employment Report from the High Level Group chaired by Wim Kok, Luxembourg.
*** Tratatul Uniunii Europene, Ed. Lucretius, București, 1997
*** European Commission, COM(2017), White Paper on the Future of Europe. Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025, Brussels.
*** Istituto di Studi Federalisti Altiero Spinelli, 2014, I Quaderni di Ventotene (www.istitutospinelli.org).
The final papers can be elaborated individually or in teams of 2 students