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Energy Security in the European Union

Rodríguez-Fernández, Laura; Fernández-Martín, Rosa María


Laura Rodríguez-Fernández


According to the European Commission, the three challenges that Europe must face related to energy are sustainability, security of supply and reaching an effective competitiveness in the internal energy market. To meet these three challenges, the Commission deems necessary to implement a common energy policy. To this end, it proposed an action plan based on the effective creation of an internal energy market, the solidarity between Member States and security of supply for oil, gas and electricity. Therefore, energy security is one of the main concerns, and so one of the priorities, of the new European energy policy proposed by the Commission. This paper tries to show that even though energy has been on the basis of what we call today European Union, it has been extremely complicated to get a common energy policy. Bearing this in mind, energy security has been one of the main areas of consensus that has led EU to the mentioned Commission proposal, and we can see now the first steps of the so much wanted common energy policy.


Rodríguez-Fernández, L., & Fernández-Martín, R. M. (2012). Energy Security in the European Union. Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, 6(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-03
Deposit Date May 15, 2024
Journal Journal of Energy and Power Engineering
Print ISSN 1934-8975
Publisher David Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Keywords Energy, energy policy, European Union, energy security, security of supply
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