Regulatory networks, EU agencies and beyond: The Institutional Frontiers of EU Market Integration

Jean Monnet Module

The Module focuses on the institutional aspects of EU market regulation.

Its originality lies in the focus on the legal aspects of the subject. The issue of networks of regulators and EU agencies has until now been predominantly analysed and taught through the language of political science.

The aim of this Module is to present these issues from a legal perspective. By enquiring into the legal features of the institutional architecture established for the regulation of the EU markets, the Module will allow an in-depth and original perspective beyond the scope of existing teaching. In the persistent lack of undergraduate and gradute education in advanced issues of EU law, the Module opens new horizons in a subject matter still underestimated in its potentialities, especially in legal studies.

Renowned academics have started to analyse the subject, but insufficient attention has been paid to its legal implications. A large scale analysis of the impact of network governance on the relationship between the EU and the Member States is necessary before any further expansion of the competences of EU agencies and regulatory networks. This evidences that the topic is of prime importance and that the proposed Module is particularly timely. Recent developments confirms the network trend and call for an in-depth analysis of the institutional and administrative EU law implications of the new regulatory bodies.

The EU legislator is currently in search of a coherent and convincing approach to properly regulate the markets and at the same time respect the diversity between the policy settings in the 27 Member States. Reference can be made, for instance to the inter-institutional dialogue on the future governance of the EU Agencies, which includes an evaluation of existing Agencies and reflections on changes which could be made to improve the system in the future. Addressing all these concerns, the Module has the potential to combine in a unique course a variety of important issues and research topics