Course International Relations of the EU

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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- The Foreign Policy of the European Union

Course Foreign Policy of the EU

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

EU Trade Agreements (course)

Languages of study English (Spanish Relaciones UE French EU Portuguese EU).

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

Module one - The Foreign Policy of the European Union

  1. The EU Foreign Policy: External Relations and Trade Policy of the EU
  2. The European External Action Service (EEAS): the EU's diplomatic corps
  3. The Foreign Trade of the European Union: 19% of the world trade
  4. The Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU: tariff preferences for the Developing Countries
  5. The European Union Enlargement: the European Countries that are candidates to enter the EU
  6. The European Neighbourhood Policy: the relations with the neighbouring countries of Eastern Europe and the Southern Mediterranean
  7. The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED): towards a Euro-Mediterranean Free-Trade Area
  8. The 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 “The foreign policy of the European Union” 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 the 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 enlargement process of the European Union 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

EU Eastern Partnership

Module two- The Association and Free Trade Agreements of the EU with the third countries

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

2- The EU's relations with the strategic partners

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

4- The EU's Agreements with other European Countries

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

5- The EU's Agreements with the Asian Countries

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

6- The EU's Agreements with the Arab Countries

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

7- The EU's Agreements with the African Countries

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

8- Tools for the Exporters and importers

  1. The Market Access Database (MADB) for the European exports to the third countries
  2. The 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 agreements of the EU 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

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

  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): European Union, 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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Examples - International Relations of the EU

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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