TARGET GROUP | Experts and mid-level officials from candidate and potential candidate countries, working for central banks, finance ministries, state secretariats for European affairs and economics ministries; applicants should preferably be involved with policy advice on international and legal matters, as well as financial stability and EU-related issues.
DESCRIPTION | This one-week course deals with the integration and accession challenges for candidate and potential candidate countries on their way to joining the European Union (EU) and the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The course aims to address relevant aspects up to the point of EU entry.
The course provides an overview of the EU integration process and the institutional and legal framework of the EU and EMU. It covers the European responses to the global financial crisis in terms of monetary policy, deepening of EMU (e.g. Banking Union, Capital Markets Union) and financing mechanisms.
Furthermore, the course deals with EU economic, fiscal and financial tools and procedures, including the economic analysis of EU candidate and potential candidate countries carried out by the ECB and the European Commission. Two workshops, one on economic country analysis and one on EU enlargement policy, including presentations by participants, are intended to deepen insight and understanding of the processes and challenges.