Summer school

PERFORMANCE AND GOVERNANCE OF SERVICES OF GENERAL INTEREST IN THE EU Critical perspectives on Energy, Telecommunications, Transport and Water Reforms

 June, 27th – July, 1st 2016

 Application deadline March, 15th 2016

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Download  the EUsers_summer school leaflet.

The school focuses on the performance and governance of services of general interests and in particular on six core sectors: Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Railways, Local Public Transport, Water and Waste Water.


The objective of this school is to familiarise participants with the structure, regulation and performance of public services in Europe, particularly network industries and policy reforms supported by the European Union.
The school is going to be an excellent opportunity for the ambitious students to get the following:

  • An overview of network industries reform in the EU in six core sectors.
  • A unique focus on public enterprises economics and management.
  • An international faculty of senior experts.
  • Opportunity for interacting with stakeholders from the European Commission and European agencies.
  • Participation at the XV edition of Milan European Economy Workshop.
  • Working groups and under the guidance of a tutor. Prize for the best working group presentation.
  • Visibility of own works through EUsers website, Jean Monnet Network and CIRIEC.
  • No fee is required for admitted participants. Travel and accommodation costs covered by the EU funds combined with funds provided by the University of Milan.


The School faculty consists of experts from the EUsers network as well as of sectoral experts and stakeholders from EU institutions. The following institutes will participate:

To know more about the speakers see the Lecturers page.


The school is targeted to master-level, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers who are working in the fields of Economics, Management, Public Administration, Political Science and Social Studies.The total number of participants will be limited to 30.

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Apart from traditional training methods, used during the first half of the training (face-to-face presentations) an interactive and practical approach will be applied. After the closure of the morning sessions, participants will work in groups and will practice on a specific sector. More in detail, training activities will rely on the following methodology:

  •  Face-to-face lectures (morning). During the morning sessions, lectures will be carried out to present the main ingredients and reform paradigms of public services in the EU as well as to provide sectoral perspectives for the following sectors: electricity, gas, transport network (railway), local public transport and water and waste water.
  •  Hands-on wokshops (afternoon). Participants will be divided in small groups and assigned a sector that they will analyse in-depth. This activity will consist of preparing a concise report of strengths and weaknesses of policy reforms in the EU in each sector particularly from citizens ‘perspective. This exercise will be carried out under the guidance of a tutor. On the last day, each group will present their findings to the experts and the other groups. A prize will be awarded to the best presentation at the School.
  • Students club. The approach of the training will be strongly interactive. Participants will have the opportunity for a brief presentation of own personal research (for example topics of ongoing master dissertation or PhD thesis).
  • XV edition of MEEW. Participants to the summer school will have the opportunity to join the XV edition of the Milan European Economy Workshop (MEEW). Since 2002, the MEEW (a closed door event by invitation only) involves, each year, selected worldwide experts (30-40 participants). The XV edition will focus on “Recent advances in the Economics and Management of Public Enterprise”. Click here for more details on the XV edition of MEEW.

The school is held entirely in English.

For further information on the school organisation and activities please download the EUsers_summer school Programme.


The School will be held at Palazzo Greppi, University of Milan, located in the heart of Milan.

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Admission to the school is free of charge and costs are covered by the EUsers network with Jean Monnet Action funds. Click here for more information.


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