EU Law & Regulation
This course is designed specifically for MBA students in order to widen their knowledge of the European legal framework affecting the day to day working of the internal market. The course will present the role played by the EU and its institutions in business relations and focus on key areas of EU business law. These will include the four basic freedoms of the internal market and their relationship to other EU legal instruments such as harmonisation as well as to national ‘regulatory’ regimes and their enforcement. The course will also present EU rules on State aid and services of general economic interest and continue to EU competition law as the key set of European legislation and enforcement practice affecting business relations in Europe overall. Covered here will be the abuse of a dominant position; anticompetitive multilateral practices and anticompetitive concentrations. Practical examples will be used throughout the entire course including a number of EU law judgments delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (e.g. Coditel, Altmark, UEFA Premier League); ‘regulatory-like’ decisions issued by the European Commission (e.g. Microsoft 2009, Telekomunikacja Polska 2011); the decisional practice of national authorities applying EU Law (e.g. Carrefour/Ahold) as well as one of the most recent EU harmonisation initiatives (Audiovisual Media Services Directive) which illustrates the closeness of the relationship between secondary EU law and national sector-specific regulation issued on its basis.