University of Primorska Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies

Jean Monnet EUET


At UP FAMNIT we are also implemented a Jean Monnet module entitles "European Union Economic Trends". It was selected by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) among more than 900 Jean Monnet Module applications. 

Jean Monnet Module is a teaching programme or course in the field of European Union studies. The aim of the modules is to promote research and teaching experience among young researchers, scholars and practitioners in EU issues, foster the publication and dissemination of academic research, create interest in the EU, foster the introduction of an EU angle mainly into non EU related studies and deliver tailor-made courses on specific EU issues relevant for graduates in their professional life.

Therefore, the “European Union Economic Trends” project is yet a new elective course at UP Famnit – a Jean Monnet course – offered to students at their third year of bachelor studies. It is a EU-tailored course that focuses on a set of critical factors that shape the growth and strength of the EU in the years to come. Lately, the resilience of the EU has been challenged by multifaceted crises: the sovereign debt crisis, governance and political turbulences, and - lastly, the migrant/refugee crisis and Brexit. All of the key trends in relation to these problems are shaping the future of the EU and its socio-economic environment.

Therefore, the objective of the course is to provide students with an overview of current trends: political, economic and regulatory, and their implications for the EU economy and EU policymakers. The course focuses on the traditional ‘growth drivers’ such as monetary/fiscal policy, capital markets and other, but also on more alternative growth drivers: social business, ‘disruptive technologies’, fiscal unification, banking union, criptocurrencies, etc.

Assist. Prof. Ana Grdović Gnip, PhD is the academic coordinator and course holder of the project, while other lecturers and researchers from different European institutions will contribute to the implementation of the project in its three-year duration span.