EU Third Energy Package and Gas Directive: Need for a Cohesive Application of Legislation

The idea to have a cohesive energy policy in the EU is ingrained in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union as well as in the Energy Union, with the first point of the EU energy union strategy being: security, solidarity and trust. This was interpreted by the European Commission in 2014: “Government… Read More EU Third Energy Package and Gas Directive: Need for a Cohesive Application of Legislation

Some thoughts about EU-Russian-Relations

How should the EU react to Russia’s aggression on Crimea? Is building a new pipeline not the completely wrong signal? Łoskot-Strachota/Zachmann (2014) point out several scenarios: In the short-term, the EU could stop buying Russian gas as a reaction to the Russian aggression on Crimea. However this would come with significant costs for the European… Read More Some thoughts about EU-Russian-Relations

Nord Stream 2: a new gas pipeline for Europe or a geopolitical trap for Ukraine?

Summary: Due to Nord Stream 2 Ukraine would  probably lose its revenues from transit fees and it may receive less political support from other European Countries regarding the ongoing conflict with Russia. That´s why Ukraine strongly opposes Nord Stream 2 and tries to convince other European countries (especially Germany) that Nord Stream 2 is a… Read More Nord Stream 2: a new gas pipeline for Europe or a geopolitical trap for Ukraine?