The European Union and Global Engagement

The European Union and Global Engagement

Institutions, Policies and Challenges

Edited by Normann Witzleb, Alfonso Martínez Arranz and Pascaline Winand Winand

Written by a broad range of international experts, The European Union and Global Engagement examines the current state of the European Union and its relationship with the world. The book presents fresh perspectives on the interplay between EU internal developments and its global engagement. While considering the impact and presence of the EU around the world, the collection has a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. This interdisciplinary book is an essential and accessible resource for students and scholars of European studies, as well as for public servants, business practitioners, researchers and journalists. It will appeal to everyone who seeks to understand the fast-moving policy developments in the EU’s actions on the world stage.

Chapter 10: The European Union’s energy policy: two-track development

Evan Thompson

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, international relations

Abstract

This chapter analyses the evolution of energy policy in the European Union (EU), contrasting its internal and external dimensions. Whilst significant integration and harmonization have occurred within the internal energy market, the same cannot be said of the external dimensions of the EU’s energy policy. In particular, the divergent interests and policy stances of Member States and the lack of a clear legal mandate have inhibited the capacity of the EU to develop and implement a fully-formed and functioning external energy policy.

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