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EU approach to Better Regulation
Start date: 01 Sep 2016, End date: 31 Aug 2019 PROJECT  ONGOING 

The 40-hour university course “EU approach to Better Regulation” is addressed to graduate students, civil servants and private firms’ personnel in charge of regulatory affairs.The course is intended to equip participants with specific skills to design, implement and evaluate regulation complying with the European approach to Better Regulation. According to the latter, in order to be more effective, fine-tuned and less burdensome to end-users and regulators, regulation should be empirically informed and cognitive-based. The course aims to fill a gap in the Italian training landscape. Few graduate university courses exist that teach regulation with traditional economic or legal perspectives. Some economics university curricula offer teaching on behavioural economics whose knowledge is not used for regulatory purposes, and no psychology courses include classes on regulation. By attending the course, participants are expected to strengthen their knowledge of EU methodologies to regulation. Furthermore, participants will practice this methodology within public or private institutions at European, national and sub-national levels, where they will take part to a 1-month internship. Therefore the course will enrich regulators and regulated firms’ staff with new professional skills.In order to train experts in Better Regulation, the course is divided into three modules. The first covers the impact of European liberalisation, harmonization and simplification policies on regulatory theory and tools. The second approaches all stages of the regulatory process and the tools to improve the flow and the stock of regulation used at European level and which European institutions ask member States to adopt. In the third module, theoretical and practical problems arising when behavioural findings are used in rulemaking are approached. Students will take part in interactive lessons, case studies and workshops where experienced academics and high level practitioners are involved.
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