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26 April 2013

European policy courses relabelled "regulatory affairs"

Smart regulators are invited to take a look at an interesting article in European Voice, and other comments in the blogosphere (such as our LinkedIn group) about the new focus on Regulatory Affairs in European studies courses. EV notes that universities are giving them greater attention though it may be more a shift in labelling than a change of substance, according to Alberto Alemano, who is launching a "clinic" on EU policy and regulatory affairs for his law students at HEC Paris. “We used to talk about European policies and European law, and then we realised that most of the outcome of policymaking is about regulation. It is pretty clear that the privileged tool of European decision making is regulation.”
The HEC course covers theories of regulation, the regulation of markets and other economic activities, and EU regulatory governance. It concludes with current topics in regulation, such as financial supervision or prospects of the banking union.
At the University of Bonn, an existing EU studies master's focusing on regulation of the network industries will be broadened next autumn to include governance and regulation. It is clear that there is a shift and that regulatory studies are no longer the preserve of lawyers and people with a legal background, but require an interdisciplinary approach.
Also announced on LinkedIn, a one-day course on "How the EU Impact Assessment is changing advocacy: focus on 'New Comitology' (16-17 May) " From the announcement by A. Alemano: "As impact assessments are increasingly being performed by the Commission on delegated and implementing acts, new opportunities for substantive lobbying emerge. This one-day training will offer a unique opportunity to understand how your organisation may ask the Commission to run an Impact Assessment and also how to use it in the decision-making process. Our case studies will be based on the most recent and controvesial risk regulatory decisions such as Bisphenol A and Neonicotinoids. With a guest speaker from the European Parliament's newly created Impact Assessment unit, and former EU Commission officials and Court of Justice of the EU you will get a unique insight to the latest developments and get practical tips on how to work with IA in regulatory affairs."

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