The teaching module “Liberalization, Privatization and European Integration” is co-funded by the Erasmus+Programme of the European Union.The teaching module consists of two courses: (1) Liberalization of Markets and European Integration and (2) Privatization of Firms and Banks and European Integration. The participation in the first course is not a prerequisite for participation in the second course.
The course “Privatization of Firms and Banks and European Integration” focuses on privatization and European integration with a special emphasis on countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The introductory part of the course gives an overview over state-owned enterprises, financial sector and economic performance in CEE before 1990 to present background on transition. The basic part covers the transition to a market economy since 1990 focusing on: (i) determinants of privatization of non-financial firms and the role of the European transnational companies; (ii) corporate governance structures of privatized firms and their effects on economic performance (investment, profitability and the like); (iii) European banking groups-led privatization of banks in CEE; (iv) the new challenges of the global financial crisis on the role of big banking groups on economic performance in CEE.