COMPETITION POLICY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Course ID: PEK/EŻ-SE>COMPOLINEU
Course title: COMPETITION POLICY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
Semester: Winter
ECTS: 5
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 15 hours
Field of study: Ecomomics
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites:
Contact person: dr inż. Krzysztof Rutkiewicz krzysztof.rutkiewicz@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Fundamentals and scope of competition rules in the European Union. The prohibition of anticompetitive practices. Monitoring of mergers between undertakings. State trading monopolies and public enterprises in the context of competition policy. Public subsidies granted by Member States and cross-industrial competition rules.
Full description: Premises for the application of the competition rules. Agreements in competition law. Types of prohibited agreements. Exemptions from the prohibition of restrictive agreements. Abuse of a dominant position. Proceedings in the cases of anti-trust practices. Descriptions of judgments, case studies (fictional and based on contemporary cases).
Bibliography: Ahlt M., Szpunar M., Prawo europejskie, C.H.Beck, Warszawa 2011. Kurcz B. (red.), Prawo i ekonomia konkurencji. Wybrane zagadnienia, Warszawa 2010. Barcik J., Wentkowska A., Prawo Unii Europejskiej po Traktacie z Lizbony, Warszawa 2011. Przybyciński T., Wprowadzenie do teorii i polityki konkurencji, Warszawa 1997. Zabłocka A., Polityka konkurencji Unii Europejskiej wobec koncentracji przedsiębiorstw, Gdańsk 2008. Furse M., Competition Law of the EC and UK, Oxford University Press 2008; Korah V., An Introductory Guide to EC Competition Law and Practice, Hart Pub. 2007; Mateus A., Moreira T., Competition Law and Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham 2010.
Learning outcomes: KNOWLEDGE: Students: -Define the basic concepts of the theory and practice of competition policy in the European Union; -Know the economic principles and regulations of law related to the functioning of enterprises in the context of EU competition policy implemented in Member States. SKILLS: -Explain possible types of activities that affect the principles of EU competition law and are subject to punishment; -Discuss the role and responsibility of public administration bodies established to control and enforcement of competition law at European and national level; -Judge the European integration processes and phenomena connected with currently conducted competition policy in the EU Member States SOCIAL COMPETENCES: -Students are prepared to work in enterprises and public authorities responsible for provision of services of general economic interest; -Students can cooperate with national and EU institutions to conduct research on competition law and policy.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Knowledge: Written test and assessment of an essay on a given topic. Skills: Assessment of ability to solve practical and theoretical issues raised in class – tests, case studies, spoken answers. Social competences: Assessment of statements and participation in the discussion. Total grade components: The weighted average including: test results (60%), spoken answers (20%), homework (20%).

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