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

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The school focused 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 was 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 following opportunities were offered to admitted students:

  • 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 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 was required for admitted participants. Travel and accommodation costs covered by the EU funds combined with funds provided by the University of Milan.


An international faculty was involved in this school, including both academics and policy makers. In particular, the following lecturers and institutes were involved (more information are available at the Lecture Page of the EUsers website)

  • Massimo Florio, Carlo Fiorio, Stefano Clò (Università degli Studi di Milano)
  • Jane Lethbridge and Stephen Thomas (University of Greenwich)
  • Thomas Kostal (WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
  • Arnold Picot (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet)
  • Torben Holvad (European Railway Agency)
  • Sebastien Bumbolo (Adriatic LNG)

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  • The school was targeted to master-level, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers working in the fields of Economics, Management, Public Administration, Political Science and Social Studies.
  • Members of the EUsers network were responsible for the selection of participants.The Selection Committee included members of the EUsers network, namely: Massimo Florio (EUsers coordinator, Università degli Studi di Milano); Philippe Bance (Université de Rouen); Jane Lethbridge (University of Greenwich); Gabriel Obermann (WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien); Ulf Papenfuss (University of Leipzig); Johan Willner (Ǻbo Akademi University School of Business and Economics).

The EUsers Scientific Committee received a huge number of applications, namely 579 covering more than 70 nationalities, coming from more than 300 different institutions and including around 200 with PhD or post doc positions. The number of participants was, initially, limited to 30. Then, given the high number of applications received it was extended to 35. The selected participants (18 female and 17 male), of which 14 from the EUsers universities, overall represented 17 nationalities, 24 different institutions and included 20 PhD and Post doc students.

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The training approach adopted for this school was interactive and practice-oriented. The programme combined face-to-face lessons (lectures and presentations) with hands-on workshops. In particular, during the hands-on-workshops, participants were divided (according to their background and research interests) into six groups corresponding to the six core sectors of the school. They were introduced to details and rules of the hands on workshop during the first day of the school (June 27th, 2016). In particular, under the guidance of a tutor (one for each group), they were asked to carry out two main assignments. For more information, download:

As a first assignment, participants were required to draft a position paper (maximum 5,000 words) on the following five issues:

  1. How would you identify the critical demand, supply and other drivers that determine price and quality of service in the industry?
  2. Which are the main policy reforms promoted by the EU and adopted by the Member states in the last two decades?
  3. Are there important variations in the reform pattern across countries?
  4. How do you evaluate the role of government-owned enterprise in the market. Do you favour changes in ownership of service providers?
  5. Overall do you think that in the past European citizens have been well served by the evolution of policy reforms in this area? Which Member State’s policy experience you would suggest as particularly good or bad?

The second assignment consisted in preparing a power point presentation on the five issues (above) and delivering it on July 1st during the concluding session of the school. The best presentation – namely the Water and Waste Water group – was awarded by the EUsers Committee.

Before the starting of the school, the EUsers Committee provided participants with a list of suggested readings (both general and sectoral) in order to get prepared to the school. Some of these selected readings (those which can be accessed through internet) have been made available to participants through the reserved area of this website. Participants were provided with access codes to join the platform a week before the starting of the school. Moreover, lecture notes were drafted by Prof. Massimo Florio and circulated to participants during the first day of the school. Download  EUsers summer school_Reading material

The position paper was delivered by each group on July 1st 2016 to the EUsers Selection Committee (see above) which reviewed it. The Electricity Group was assessed as the group delivering the best position paper. The draft position papers have been submitted for comments to a panel of sectoral experts. They are currently under revision and have been part of a book publication.

As part of their training programme, participants to the EUsers summer school had also the opportunity to join the XV edition of the Milan European Economy Workshop.


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

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


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