An EU-south Mediterranean energy community : the right policy for the right region?
International Spectator, 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 34-49[BORDERLANDS]
THOLENS, Simone, An EU-south Mediterranean energy community : the right policy for the right region?, International Spectator, 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 34-49[BORDERLANDS] - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/34497
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The European Commission has spelled out its policy ambition for EU energy cooperation with the southern neighbourhood with plans for the establishment of an ‘Energy Community’. Its communications make clear that an Energy Community should be based on regulatory convergence with the EU acquis communautaire, much in the same vein as the existing institution carrying the same name; the Energy Community with Southeast Europe. It is puzzling that the Commission insists on repackaging this enlargement concept in a region with very different types of relationships vis-à-vis the EU, especially when considering the lukewarm position of key stakeholders in the field. According to them, any attempt to introduce a political integration model in this highly sensitive issue area in the politically fragmented MENA region might run the risk of hurting the incremental technical integration process that has slowly emerged over the past few years.
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Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2014.906806
Grant number: FP7/263277/EU
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Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) within the 7th Framework Programme, the BORDERLANDS project is hosted at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, and directed by Professor Raffaella A. Del Sarto.
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