The European Commission launched an EU-wide contest for a prestigious "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: Spreading Knowledge about Europe"


The Prize will reward outstanding contributions that communicate the EU -its founding values, history, action and key benefits- to wider society, enhance citizens' understanding of the EU, broaden the ownership of the European project and build trust in the EU.

There will be:

  • six first prizes of 50.000 EUR
  • six second prizes of 30.000 EUR 
  • ten third prizes of 17.000 EUR.

Who can apply

The prize is open to individuals or groups of individuals (natural persons). The individual applicant (or the group leader, in case of groups of individuals applying) must have at least a Master's Degree and must, at the time of the application, be affiliated with a legal entity such as, for example, an academic institution, organisation, civil society organisation, company or other type of legal entity established and based in an EU Member State. Eligible participants include scientists, artists, scholars/researchers, writers, journalists and all kinds of other actors who can contribute to articulating what Europe stands for today and tomorrow and why European citizens should "fall in love with Europe" despite its imperfections.


Registration of intention to apply is compulsory by 16 August 2017.

The deadline for applications is 02 October 2017.

Applications will be assessed in October 2017 and the Award Ceremony will be held in early 2018.

European approach to Better Regulation - Jean Monnet Module - A new course on regulation (with the support of the European Union)

What is it?

A multidisciplinary course in English (6 CFU). Students will be involved in interactive lessons, case studies, workshops and laboratories on the following issues: theory of regulation, tools for better regulation, cognitive sciences for effective regulation (behavioral impact of regulation).

European regulation is everywhere. From the food we eat to the car we drive, from the cigarettes we (do not) smoke, to the financial products we can buy. The way the European authorities produce their regulations has been under increased scrutiny and –in response- it is rapidly changing and improving. Better regulation is a key challenge for the European Union if it wants to reaffirm its legitimacy in the face of 500 million EU citizens.

With the present course, the student will learn how to improve the quality and the impact of regulation. The students will learn how to analyze and implement a regulatory process in all its steps: from the analysis of the problem to the tailoring of the most appropriate regulatory response, and to the ex-post impact analysis. A particular focus will be devoted to the new developments of behavioral regulation: the new discipline that studies how regulation should respond to the cognitive distortions and behavioral departures from rational behavior that are widely studied in economics and psychology.

Who teaches the class?

Prof. Nicoletta Rangone (Module Coordinator), Prof. Matteo Rizzolli and Prof. Alberto Alemanno (Jean Monnet Professor in European Union Law, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales-Parigi e New York University School of Law, Global Clinical Professor of Law). Laboratories and workshops are coordinated by guest experts and lecturers. See also Faculty

Why should I enroll?

Students will learn how to improve the quality and the impact of regulation, two issues that are essential in regulated firms and for regulators. The course will provide excellent contacts through a one-month internship (3 CFU) in an institution involved in better regulation (the European Commission, Consob, AGCOM, ANAC and many more). See Partners

Can I enroll?

The course is for students from  Master Programs ("Lauree Magistrali") and Law Degrees ("ciclo unico"), both from Rome and Palermo (the latter will attend lectures via an interactive platform for distance learning).

The course is offered to students from economics, law, political science and psychology Departments . Students must have an adequate knowledge of the English language, respectively B1+ or B2 according to the study program chosen.

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