Type: Working Paper
Euro-Mediterranean gas cooperation : roles and perceptions of domestic stakeholders and the European Commission
Working Paper, EUI RSCAS, 2016/53, BORDERLANDS
RUBINO, Alessandro, Euro-Mediterranean gas cooperation : roles and perceptions of domestic stakeholders and the European Commission, EUI RSCAS, 2016/53, BORDERLANDS - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/43684
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The EU external energy policy has triggered heated debate among policymakers, regulators, academia and industrial stakeholders over recent decades. This article maintains that the gas sector has been of less interest to all these parties, because of its inertia and relative backwardness, compared to the electricity and renewable energy industries. However, since the Russia-Ukraine gas disputes, matters related to Euro-Mediterranean gas cooperation are back at the forefront of the energy agenda. The ever-changing nature of the EU external energy policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is analysed in this paper by looking at the influence that EU economic interests and approach have had on the southern neighbourhood. The paper provides an overview of the political economy of gas industry development in the EU and its relationship with exporting countries in the Mediterranean basin. It further explores how EU actions and influence as rule promoter are able to provide a valid template for the emerging regulatory framework in the region. While the changing relationship with its southern neighbourhood can be described as part of the process of progressive securitization of energy matters, EU influence can hardly be described as the focal point of gas dynamics in the Mediterranean region. Member States’ gas policies appear to have a greater traction, in consideration also of their vast and long term economic commitments.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/43684
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2016/53; BORDERLANDS
Grant number: FP7/263277/EU
Sponsorship and Funder information:
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.