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European Energy Security: What Should It Mean? What to Do? ESF Working Paper, No. 23, 30 October 2006

Egenhofer, Christian, and Grigoriev, Leonid, and Socor, Vladimir, and Riley, Alan, and Heisbourg, François. (2006) European Energy Security: What Should It Mean? What to Do? ESF Working Paper, No. 23, 30 October 2006. [Working Paper]

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    [From the Introduction]. • Is energy a strategic good? If it is, to what extent does it make sense to deny the extraction of political leverage from energy policy? In criticising Russian energy policy, are we not protesting too much against the fact that Russia (as others) is using energy for political ends – instead of criticising, as we should, the content of Russia’s policy? And if energy is strategic, should a European Union energy policy be primarily about the liberalisation of the energy market? • Is claiming reciprocity always smart? After all, do we really want Russian firms to control both the downstream as well as the upstream elements of the EU’s energy supply chain, in exchange for access by EU firms to Russian energy production and transport? • Should it really be EU policy to help Turkey to make full use of its potential as a major energy hub? After all, half of Russia’s oil exports already pass through the Bosporus, creating a major risk if that very vulnerable route were to be cut.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
    Countries > Turkey
    Countries > Russia
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > ESF Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2008
    Page Range: p. 36
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 13:11
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7400

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