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European Economic Integration - JPB336
Title: European Economic Integration
Guaranteed by: Institute of Economic Studies (23-IES)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (185)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: JEB026
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: prof. Ing. et Ing. Luboš Komárek, M.Sc., MBA, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Alessandro Chiari
Martin Kábrt, M.Sc.
Suren Karapetyan
prof. Ing. et Ing. Luboš Komárek, M.Sc., MBA, Ph.D.
Mgr. Michal Kotrč
Mgr. Tomáš Kučera
Mahir Suleymanov, M.Pol.Sc., M.Soc.Sc.
Class: Courses not for incoming students
Incompatibility : JEB026
Pre-requisite : JPB330
Is incompatible with: JEB026
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Annotation -
Last update: Martin Kábrt, M.Sc. (25.09.2023)
The course covers all relevant aspects of European economic integration and is composed of ten topics: 1. Integration of goods markets, 2. Integration of capital flows and services, 3. Monetary integration and the euro, 4. Macroprudential policies and the euro, 5. Fiscal integration and the euro, 6. Regional policy, 7. Trade and aid policy, 8. Competition and industrial Policy, 9. Social and employment policies, 10. Common agricultural policy.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Martin Kábrt, M.Sc. (17.09.2021)

Introductory comprehensive course to European economic integration. Individual topics of economic integration are approached from three angles: i) theoretical background helping to understand and assess the economics of integration, ii) historical perspective of integration processes, and iii) seminar discussion focusing on current problems and challenges.

Literature -
Last update: KOMAREKLU (24.09.2017)


  • Baldwin R. & Wyplosz C.: The Economics of European Integration (fourth edition). McGraw-Hill Education, 2012
  • Set of lecturer's presentations


  • EL-AGRAA, A. The European Union: economics and policies. 9th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-107-40011-5.
  • DĚDEK, Oldřich: Doba eura: Úspěchy i nezdary společné evropské měny. Praha: Linde, 2013, ISBN: 978-80-7201-933-5 (in Czech).
  • DĚDEK, Oldřich: Historie evropské měnové integrace: od národních měn k euru. Praha: C.H. Beck, 2008, ISBN 978-80-7400-076--8. (in Czech; if you do not read Czech, use GROS, Daniel a Niels THYGESEN. European monetary integration. 1998, 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman)
  • GILBERT, Mark: European integration : a concise history. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publ. 2011, , ISBN: 978-0-7425-6664-4.
  • NEAL, Larry. The economics of Europe and the European Union. Cambridge University Press, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-521-68301-2.
  • SENIOR NELLO, Susan. The European Union: economics, policies and history. 3rd ed. London: McGraw-Hill, 2012, xxv, 472 p. ISBN 978-0-07-712966-8.
  • Prof. Dedek's teaching materials can be also found on his personal website
Teaching methods -
Last update: Martin Kábrt, M.Sc. (25.09.2023)

Lectures are delivered in-person. Lecture notes are uploaded by the end of each week. Students who are for objetive reasons (illness, study abroad etc.) unable to attend the lecture in person, can attend remotely through the following MS Teams link.

Seminars take the form of structured debates among students. More details will be provided in the first seminar.


Consultations by appointment.

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Martin Kábrt, M.Sc. (05.01.2022)

Course requirements:

I. Debates in seminars - 40 points (40% of total grade)

II. Final written examination - 60 points (60% of total grade)

The exam will be held remotely. 

Grading scale out of 100 % 


  0-50 %   = F


  51-60 % = E

  61-70 % = D

  71-80 % = C

  81-90 % = B

  91% and more =A


Full information about course requirements described in introductory presentation EEI available in SIS.

For additional information, please visit the course webpage:

E-mail for communication:


This is a bachelor course and therefore it has standard prerequisites.


First, you will need the ability to work with (and think critically of) various resources (lectures, seminar readings, complementary reading list, background textbook, various websites).

Second, we will mainly follow the book “The Economics of European Integration” written by R. Baldwin and Ch. Wyplosz. (4th edition).

Third, seminars with structured debates on current European topics will be managed by Martin, Michal, and Tomas.

Fourth, the final exam will be held in January 2022 and/or during the last week of semester. Exaxt dates TBC.

Finally, there is a more advanced/practicaly oriented course "European Economic Policies" (JEM012).


Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Vít Macháček, Ph.D. (10.09.2018)

1. Basic Notions and Concepts: stages and methods of integration, dimensions and forms of integration, economic arguments of subsidiarity, legal foundations of the EU and its constitutional treaties, main European institutions.

2. Free Movement of Goods: theories of foreign trade liberalisation, theories of protection, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, free trade area versus customs union, discriminatory liberalisation, trade creation versus trade diversion, objectives of Rome Treaty, formation of customs union, technical barriers to trade, objectives of SEA, Lisbon Strategy.

3. Free Movement of Capital and Services: benefits of capital liberalisation, typology of capital restrictions, pressures to deregulate, consequences of single currency, features of service sector, benefits of liberalisation of services, integration methods, liberalisation of banking industry.

4. Monetary Integration and the Euro: theory of optimum currency areas, exchange rate as a shock absorber, competitive devaluation, equilibrium devaluation, monetarist critique of Phillips curve, Barro-Gordon model, exchange rate and capital mobility, impossible trinity, endogeneity of monetary union, Bretton-Woods system, European Payment Union, Werner Report, snake in the tunnel, European Monetary System, ECU, parity grid, collective realignments, 1992-93 crisis, Delors Report, Maastricht Treaty, convergence criteria, perceived inflation, Eurozone enlargement.

5. Integration of Fiscal Policies: basic features of European budget, sources of budget, first reforms, multi-year financial perspectives, pros and cons of tax harmonisation, origin versus destination principle of taxation, degree of tax harmonisation, Stability and Growth Pact, motivation and basic features of SGP, excessive deficit procedure, SGP reform.

6. Labour Markets and Social Policy: benefits of LM liberalisation, changing patterns of European migration, Schengen Agreement, links to JHA and CFSP, LM concepts, European social models, evolution of EU social policies, social dumping, links to monetary integration.

7. Common Agricultural Policy: rationale for state assistance, cobweb theorem, formation of CAP, main price and non-price intervention instruments, green currencies, key problems of CAP, reforms of CAP, challenges of Eastern enlargement.

8. Regional Policy: regional differences in EU, centrifugal and centripetal agglomeration effects, model of spatial equilibrium, evolution of RP, principles of operation, structural and cohesion funds, objectives of RP, organisation of RP, challenges of RP.

9. Trade and Aid Policy: world trade flows, EU trade partners, World Trade Organisation, WTO negotiation rounds, rationale for common trade policy, preferential pyramid of EU trade relations, EFTA, EEA, ACP countries, association treaties, hub-and-spoke integration, GSP.

10. Competition and Industrial Policy: protection of competition, monopolistic and oligopolistic equilibrium, reasons for supranational CP, five components of CP, organisation and coordination of CP, reforms of CP, approaches to IP, evolution of EU IP.

11. Taxation Policy: Corporate taxation and profit shifting, international tax avoidance and evasion, tax havens, tax competition, transfer pricing, country-by-country reporting, common consolidated tax based, and other potential remedies.

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