Exploring the functioning of European Union institutions in Brussels, Belgium and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany
Professor Peter Mikek
The immersion trip to the EU is an integral part of the "twin" courses: Economics of the EU and Politics of the EU taught by Professors Dyson and Mikek. After intensive preparation focusing on economic structures and policies and on the political aspects of the EU, students are ready to start working on their research projects. They have focused their research idea, explored data sources and started to work on the literature review. Now they are ready to visit both centers of the EU during the spring break.
The purpose of the trip is to provide students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the functioning of the European Union institutional structure, monetary policy, and integration of new EU members. They will be working on a research paper focusing on a particular EU topic. †Therefore this will be a way to look actively for information on their topic and interact with both EU decision makers and ordinary European citizens. This should allow them to gather information about the perceived future of the EU internally, and in the broader region and world from different perspectives.
The first part of the trip will include visits to both the political structures and institutional framework in Brussels, where we anticipate a visit to the European Commission (pictured here), meeting with English MEP Mr. Stephen Hughes and a program with the US mission to the EU. Additionally, we will meet with our alumni Mr. Mitchner that works as a lobbyist in Brussels.
The second part of the trip will focus on the monetary policy of the European Union, so we anticipate visiting the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany and the Money Museum at the German Bundesbank. We still hope to schedule a meeting with a senior research economist at the ECB. This should allow for comparison of both essential parts of policy making in the union.
We are extremely lucky to enjoy financial support by the Rogge Fund. The fund will cover almost all the cost of the trip for individual students (except individual expenses for food). Particular focus on the necessary adjustments, the level of success in integrating the new market economies into the union, and liberalization of economic and political life (labor market, capital markets, political life, etc.) without comparison in the history of Western civilization are very much in line with the philosophy of Benjamin Rogge.
THANKS to the Benjamin Rogge Fund for sponsoring this trip!!