Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Laszlo Nyusztay

  • Crediti formativi 4

  • SSD SECS-P/02

  • Modalità didattica Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 12/03/2018 al 13/06/2018

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The students are expected to have learned the theoretical background of regional development policies and the rationale for an EU level intervention. They should be familiar with the regulatory background (instruments, common objectives, principles) and operation (institutional preconditions and processes, contents of development plans and operational programmes) of EU level cohesion policy. They should be able to analyse and compare the experiences of less developed member states in implementing EU funded programmes. They should be able to evaluate the new member states’ national development programmes and their role in economic and social development. They should be able to analyse preconditions of successful absorption of EU funds in individual member states.


The objective of the module is to offer complex, descriptive and analytical knowledge about the historical conditions under which the new democracies of East-Central Europe (ECE) have been adjusting to the global world order in the first two decades after the change of regimes, while developing their new foreign policies. Due attention will be devoted to the inter-relation between historical heritage, geo-political and socio-economic endowments of ECE region on the one hand and the new options of foreign policies, on the other. The new attitudes and roles of ECE countries in international institutions as e.g. UN, OECD, WTO, IMF/IBRD, EU and NATO will also be highlighted.

In the post-socialist period, particular significance is attributed to the assistance provided by the European Union to its East-Central European candidates and new member states before and after their EU accession. One of the most efficient instruments and sources to promote the catching up of the new EU members has been the Cohesion Policy and the Cohesion Fund of the EU.

Within the Course, special attention will be devoted to Visegrad Cooperation (Visegrad Group, Visegrad Four, V4). Historical circumstances, socio-economic and cultural factors of regional cohesion between the founding countries will be highlighted along with changes of external environment effecting the origins and development of the cooperation. The lectures will offer a detailed description and analysis of the more than two-decade history of the Group covering the achievements and challenges alike with special regard to the role of „Višegrad diplomacy” in the process of the member countries’ Euro-Atlantic integration, their adjustement and collective representation of interest within EU structures and also the development of „Višegrad +” formats. Due attention will be paid to the evaluation of security, energy and other areas of sectoral cooperation as well as the first decade of International Višegrad Fund, and its impact on the member states’ cultural development.


  • Zucconi, Mario (ed), Post-Communist Transition in Europe and its Broader International Implications, Europe Balkans International Network,University of Bologna, Longo Editore Ravenna, 2004
  • Bielik, Peter, Hupková, Daniela, European integration and economic, politcal and social consequences in V4 in facts and figures. In: Bielik, Peter (ed.), Economics, social policy and citizenship in the European Union: Evidence of V4 countries and perspectives for Ukraine. Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, 2010
  • Dančák, Břetislav et al. (eds.), Two Decades of Visegrad Cooperation – Selected V4 Bibliography.International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava, 2011
  • Gorzelak, Grzegorz, Jalowieczki, Bohdan (eds.),The identity of Central Europe – L’Identité de l’Europe Centrale. University of Warsaw, 1997
  • Jagodziński, Andrzej (ed.), The Visegrad Group: A Central European Constellation [http://www.visegradgroup.eu/the-visegrad-book/visegradbook], (ed.), International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava, 2006 (size: 9.8MB
  • Kengyel, Á. (ed.): Comparison of Experiences of the Visegrad Countries in Using EU Regional Development Funds: Studies on national development programmes: Academic year 2014-2015. Budapest: Corvinus University of Budapest Jean Monnet Chair in EU Policies, 2015. 148 p. (ISBN 978-963-503-600-4)
  • Kengyel, Á.: The Role of EU Cohesion Policy in Catching Up: The Case of Central and Eastern European Countries. In: Kengyel, Á. (ed.) Comparison of Experiences of the Visegrad Countries in Using EU Regional Development Funds: Studies on national development programmes: Academic year 2014-2015. 148 p. Budapest: Corvinus University of Budapest Jean Monnet Chair in EU Policies, 2015. pp. 9-28. (ISBN 978-963-503-600-4)
  • Kořan, Michal, V4 cooperation from the point of view of the Czech Republic. In: Majer, 2010, pp. 19-34
  • Köles, Sándor (ed.), Sharing the Experience of Visegrad Cooperation in the Western Balkans and the European Neighbourhood Countries: Project Final Study. Budapest, International Centre for Democratic Transition, 2011. 302.p
  • Madej, Marek (ed.), Cooperation on Security in Central Europe:sharing V4 experience in the neighbouring regions. V4 Papers no.1. pp.65-68. Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, 2010. (with studies by Knezovic, Schneider, Morawiec and others)
  • Rekawek, Kacper, Non-military aspects of security in V4 countries: prospects for cooperation.Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, V4 Papers No.3., 2011, pp.35-43. (with studies by Marton, Samson and others)
  • 20 Years ofVisegrad Four cooperation: implications for EU enlargement. Meeting Report No.1., Istambul (online) March 28, 2011
  • Soth, Ján, Visegrad as a challenge: successes and failures. In: Majer, Marian et al. (eds.): Panorama of global security environment, Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA), Bratislava, 2010
  • Törő, Csaba (ed.) Visegrad cooperation within NATO and CSDP. Warsaw: Polish Institute of International Affairs, 2011. 108.p. (with studies of Hamberger, Horváth, Samson, Tarašovic and others)
  • Jerzy J. Wiatr, Central Europe and the New World Order, Central European Political Science Review, September 2000, pp. 5-13
  • Leonidas Donskis (ed.), Yet Another Europe after 1984. Rethinking Milan Kundera and the Idea iof Central Europe, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2012.
  • Martin Dangerfield, The Contribution of the Visegrad Group to European Union’s Eastern Policy: Rhetoric or Reality? In „Europe-Asia Studies“, n. 10/2009, pp. 1735-1755.
  • Izabela Albrycht (ed.), The Eastern Partnership in the context of the European Neighborhood Policy and the V4 Agenda, Kosciuszko Institut, Krakow, 2011.
  • Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Vera Sheridan, Sabina Stan (eds), Life in Post-communist Eastern Europe After EU Membership: Happy Ever After? , Routledge, 2012
  • Zlatko Sabic, Petr Drulák (eds) Regional and International Relations of Central Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
  • Michael Baun, Dan Marek (eds), The New Member States and the European Union: Foreign Policy and Europeanization, Routledge, 2013 , Chapters 1,2,3,4,14.

Metodi didattici

Lecture, presentations, case studies and discussions.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

assignment paper + in-seminar work (presentations, press reviews).

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Computer and projector for presentation of the drafts of the lectures (in power point presentation format).

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Laszlo Nyusztay