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 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)
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:
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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ACCOMODATIONS AND TRANSPORT:
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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