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ZEI Discussion Paper C 230/2015

Thomas Panayotopoulos: The Energy Union – a solution for the European energy security?

ZEI Discussion Paper C 230/2015

The topic of energy security was for a long time left aside in the European Union. However, times are changing as the new European Commission announced a Framework Strategy for the Energy Union. The Energy Union is presented as the way to correct the European Union energy paradox, stating that the European Union, which was created around Energy (ECSC and EURATOM), sixty years later does not have a common energy security policy. In this context dependency to gas imports coming from Russia is perceived as a real threat for the energy security of the European Union revealing that the lack of diversity of energy sources as well as the variety of national policies in the area of energy security are the main reasons for this vulnerability. ZEI Research Fellow Thomas Panayotopoulos analyses the current energy dependency situation focussing on its causes and the energy union as a possible solution.

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