European Economic Integration
Cod: 42060
Department: DCSG
ECTS: 7.5
Scientific area: Economics
Total working hours: 195
Total contact time: 41

The course "European Economic Integration" is dedicated to the study of European integration project, which currently is materialized by the existence of an Economic and Monetary Union. In this sense, is particularly relevant to find theoretical support on the major forms of economic integration. Recognising the prominence of the European Union, we move into the economic assessment of steps taken and the characterization of the key EU policies.

1. Economic Integration
2. European Union
3. Economic and Monetary Union
4. European Policies

After the approval in this course, students should be able to characterize the main forms of economic integration, to evaluate the draft EU integration and to systematize the essential features of the main European policies.

•    The course unit
•    Key concepts
•    Stages of the economic integration
•    International economic integration: main regional blocks
•    The economic integration in EU: Banking Union and Capital markets Union
•    EU policies
•    Economic assessment of economic integration in EU


Main bibliography
PORTO, Manuel Carlos Lopes (2017). Teoria da Integração e Políticas da União Europeia Face aos Desafios da Globalização. Coimbra: Edições Almedina. (Parts III and IV)

Complementary bibliography
DEFRAIGNE, Jean-Christophe (2015). Introdução à Economia Europeia. Lisboa: Edições Piaget.
VERDUN, Amy et al. (2013). Mapping European Economic Integration. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reflection paper on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union - European Commission COM(2017) 291:

Reflection paper on the future of EU finances - European Commission COM(2017) 358:



Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.