2016 Summer School

Since the inception of the financial crisis in 2008, and more importantly since the sovereign debt crisis in 2010, the governance of the euro area has substantially changed. Multi-layered institutions and rules now define its economic and financial governance.

Extending over five intense days, the Summer School offered participants a unique setting in which to deepen their understanding of the EU’s complex system of governance and contribute their views to stimulating group discussions. The classes were conducted by highly experienced CEPS researchers, who were able to integrate into their lectures the most recent developments in EU policies with the state of the art in the academic literature. The classes were complemented by workshops led by policy-makers from different EU institutions. The programme combined lectures with practical, problem-solving simulations, discussion groups and study visits to the EU institutions.

Aim and topics

The summer school offered a thorough introduction on how the Economic and Financial Governance of EMU works and impacts the economy. Participants were able to:

  • Improve their knowledge on the EU decision-making process, the rationales, the institutional design and the enforcement of EU rules;
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of current governance issues, how they are addressed and their practical implications for the economy and the financial system;
  • Learn how the system manages crises and how member states should correct imbalances, with the support of case studies and seminars with EU officials or international experts.


The programme covered a total of 30 hours of lectures, case studies and discussion groups (excluding the closing lecture). Each day comprised of 4 hours of lectures in the morning and an interactive session, during which students worked together to solve case studies, develop discussion groups or attend a technical seminar. Two visits to the EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament and Council) were also part of the afternoon sessions.


  • Graduate students, academics, officials from EU institutions, national ministries, local governments, central banks and private sector;
  • English proficiency and Master or equivalent in economics or finance. Applicants with a background in law and political science will be selected on the basis of their knowledge of basic principles of economics and finance.


Participants who have followed the programme diligently received a certificate of attendance. Participants were not subject to an exam, but team work on a specific assignment was evaluated and a prize for the best work was awarded in the closing ceremony.


  • 500 euro for students, academics, EU officials and representatives of NGOs (excl. VAT)
  • 1,200 euro for professionals (excl. VAT)

*The fee includes all summer school materials, access to all programme components as well as lunch during the courses (the tuition fee must be transferred in advance to the CEPS bank account in order to confirm your participation).


The application process is now closed.

What former participants say about the Summer School

"I think it was a well-rounded combination of different formats and an excellent opportunity to enrich my academic background with institutional/legal/political aspects of EMU governance". 

"Bank crisis management - Stefano Cappiello The speaker was excellent - I also liked the diverse, and high level platea of participants to the summer school".

"Without any intention of being complaisant, I am truly glad about everything (even the food!). Perhaps one of the things I most appreciated was the diversity of backgrounds, nationalities and activities of the participants, which surely enriched the debate. Besides, I found the structure of the lectures logically sound and helpful in order to gradually go from the general to the more specific topics. Furthermore, the simulations, the debates and all the "practical" part of the Summer School was beneficial to translate into concrete and specific situations all the theoretical and abstract concepts that were explained throughout the lectures".

Pictures from the 2016 edition

Pictures from the 2015 edition 


CEPS, 1 Place du Congrés, 1000 Brussels

For any enquiries, please contact Veselina Georgieva at cepsacademy@ext.ceps.eu