Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Kim Talus
Chapter 10: The role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the energy market liberalization
The opening-up of the European energy market has begun relatively late given its vital role in general. Energy is considered to be such a sensitive sector, economically and politically, that during the upheavals in Europe and following the EU's internal difficulties, especially in relation to the decision-making procedure, there was no willingness to tackle such a politically charged area as energy. For this reason, European energy markets remained divided by national borders and Member States' energy needs were largely met by monopolies they either owned or controlled. Gradually, the focus on energy started to increase. At first, the energy sector was tackled by primary provisions on internal market law and competition law.
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