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Course EU International Relations

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Course “International Economic Relations of the European Union” (e-learning, 8 ECTS, English).

The main objective of the e-learning course “International Economic Relations of the European Union” (8 ECTS) is to understand the complex Foreign Policy of the EU and to know the fifty trade agreements with the third countries.

The goals of the EU's Foreign Policy are to increase its influence globally, promote peace, democracy or human rights, as well as boost the European foreign trade.

With the aim of reducing the trade barriers and facilitating market access for the European exports to the third countries, the EU has free trade agreements and association agreements with several countries and regions. These trade agreements offer significant advantages and business opportunities for the exporters and importers. Knowing the characteristics and functioning of these agreements is vital for any exporting or importing company.

Two modules compose the course “International Economic Relations of the European Union”:

1- European Union Foreign Policy

Course Foreign Policy of the EU

2- EU Association and Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the third countries

EU Trade Agreements (course)

Languages of study English (Spanish Curso Relaciones UE French Union européenne Portuguese União Europeia).

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Subjects and aims of the course “International Economic Relations of the European Union”

Module one -  Foreign Policy of the European Union

  1. EU Foreign Policy: External Relations and Trade Policy of the EU
  2. European External Action Service (EEAS): the EU's diplomatic corps
  3. Foreign Trade of the European Union: 19% of the world trade
  4. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU: tariff preferences for the Developing Countries
  5. European Union Enlargement: the European Countries that are candidates to enter the EU
  6. European Neighbourhood Policy: the relations with the neighbouring countries of Eastern Europe and the Southern Mediterranean
  7. Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED): towards a Euro-Mediterranean Free-Trade Area
  8. Eastern Partnership of the EU: Free-Trade Areas with the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe
  9. South Caucasus: association agreements
  10. Western Balkans: EU-Balkans Free-Trade Area
  11. Black Sea Synergy
  12. Adriatic-Ionian Initiative
  13. Summit EU-CELAC
  14. Asia-European Union (ASEM)
  15. Central European Initiative (CEI)
  16. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  17. Council of the Baltic Sea States
  18. Regional Cooperation Council

The specific aims of the module one “European Union Foreign Policy” of the course are:

  1. To know the pillars of the European Foreign Policy and its strategies by regions
  2. To understand the role of the European External Action Service (EEAS) as the EU's diplomatic corps and know its programs
  3. To analyse the external trade and investment flows (FDI) of the European Union
  4. To understand the Trade Regimes of the European Union applicable to the developing countries
  5. To learn about the new Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), the GSP+ and the EU's Everything but Arms provision
  6. To know which countries and under what conditions they are beneficiaries of the GSP and how to use the rules of origin
  7. To know the EU enlargement process for Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey
  8. To understand the strategic importance of the European Neighborhood Policy with the neighbouring countries of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe
  9. To know the pillars of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED) and the EU's partnership agreements with the Southern Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey
  10. To know the pillars of the Eastern Partnership with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as the Association Agreements and the Free-Trade Areas of the EU with these markets
  11. To analyse the EU's partnership agreements with the South Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
  12. To know the partnership agreements with the Western Balkans region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo
  13. To know the initiative of the Black Sea Synergy of the European Union

European Union Eastern Partnership

Module two- EU Association and Free trade agreements with the third countries

1- Free trade agreements (FTA) of the European Union

2- EU's relations with the strategic partners

  1. United States
    1. The future Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  2. Canada (CETA Trade Agreement)
  3. China
  4. India
  5. South Korea (Free Trade Agreement, 2015)

3- EU's Agreements with the American Countries

  1. Andean Countries (FTA with Colombia and Peru, 2012)
  2. MERCOSUR (not in force)
  3. Mexico (Economic Partnership Agreement, Political Coordination and Cooperation, 2000)
  4. Economic Association Agreements with Central America (2012), the CARIFORUM, Chile (2005)
  5. Trade Agreement provisionally applied with Ecuador (2017)

4- EU's Agreements with other European Countries

  1. European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (European Economic Area)
  2. European Union-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
  3. Stabilisation and Association Agreements with Albania (2006), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2015), Kosovo (2016), Macedonia (2004), Montenegro (2010) and Serbia (2013)
  4. Association Agreements with Georgia (2016) and Moldova (2016)
  5. The European Union has a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (2016) and Association Agreement (2014) with Ukraine
  6. Trade Agreement with the Faroe Islands (1997)
  7. Collaboration and Cooperation Agreements with Armenia (1999) and Azerbaijan (1999)
  8. Customs Union with Andorra (1991), San Marino (1992) and Turkey

5- EU's Agreements with the Asian Countries

  1. ASEAN (Association Agreement)
  2. Free Trade Agreements with Singapore and Vietnam (negotiation)
  3. Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Kazakhstan (2016)
  4. Provisional Association Agreements with Papua New Guinea (2011) and Fiji

6- EU's Agreements with the Arab Countries

  1. Gulf Cooperation Council
  2. Association Agreements with Israel (2000), Jordan (2002), Lebanon (2003), the Palestinian Authority (1997) and Syria (1977)
  3. Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Iraq (2012)

7- EU's Agreements with the African Countries

  1. Cotonou Agreement (European Union-Africa Strategic Partnership)
  2. Agadir Agreement
  3. Economic Partnership Agreements with Algeria (2005), Ivory Coast (2016), Egypt (2004), Morocco (2000), Tunisia (1998), Cameroon, Ghana (pendent)
  4. Economic Partnership Agreement in negotiation with the West African Countries (the ECOWAS and the UEMOA)
  5. Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement with South Africa (2000)
  6. Economic Partnership Agreements Interim with Cameroon (2009) and with the East African Community (EAC) (negotiation)
  7. Economic Partnership Agreements provisionally applied with Ghana (2016) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC, 2016)
    1. Economic Partnership Agreement with Madagascar, Mauricio, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe (2009)

8- Tools for the Exporters and importers

  1. Market Access Database (MADB) for the European exports to the third countries
  2. EU Export Helpdesk: The EU export/import tariffs with developing countries

The specific aims of the module two “FTAs of the EU with the third countries” of the course are:

  1. To know the pillars and objectives of the EU trade agreements
  2. To analyse the different types of agreements of the European Union: economic partnership agreements, free trade agreements, Free-Trade Areas, customs unions and the so-called autonomous trade regimes
  3. To know how to apply the rules of origin of the different trade agreements
  4. To analyse the EU's agreements with the strategic partners: the United States, Canada, China, India and South Korea
  5. To analyse the trade EU Agreements with America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Arab countries
  6. The explore the Market Access Database and the Export Helpdesk tool of the European Union

European Union-Canada Economic Agreement

Course intended for all those wishing to understand the complex EU Foreign Policy and the trade EU Agreements.

  1. Credits of the course “International Economic Relations of the European Union”: 8 ECTS
  2. Total Tuition Fees: 312 Euros
  3. Duration: 2 months

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The course “International Economic Relations of the European Union” is studied...

  1. Doctorate specialisation Business in Europe
  2. Master (online): Europe, International Business, Economic Relations

The students who have taken this course (International Economic Relations of the European Union) can validate and register for a Master or Doctorate at EENI (School of International Business).

The course “International Economic Relations of the European Union”, contains exercises (Business Plan) that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain the diploma of the course “International Economic Relations of the European Union” issued by EENI (School of International Business).

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Knowledge Area: Europe.

Examples - EU International Relations

Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

European External Action Service (EEAS)

European Union Enlargement

Trade Relations European Union-Western Balkans

US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

European Union-China Agreement

European Union-Ukraine Association Agreement

ASEAN-European Union Free Trade Agreement



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