The European Union and its energy security challenges: engagement through and with networks

Rafael Leal-Arcas, Juan Alemany Ríos, Costantino Grasso

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Energy security remains a vital issue for the European Union (EU), even more so in the wake of the events that unfolded in early 2014 in Ukraine. The EU's already fragile position in the international energy arena in terms of security of supply appears to be more uncertain than ever after its umpteenth fallout with its historic energy supplier, Russia. This situation is untenable and calls for swift and decisive action to adequately tackle the issue once and for all. The article looks at the creation of a single EU energy market through the integration of energy networks in the EU. This article then examines various ways to diversify its energy supply, whether through increasing the import of liquefied natural gas or through its relations with the Eurasian Union. It then explores the International Energy Charter as an example of the EU's engagement with transnational policy networks. It concludes that from energy transit, to technology transfer, to investment protection, energy and trade present interplays across various fields. Improvements can be made to the EU trading system to ensure greater energy security and more efficient energy markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-293
Number of pages21
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015


  • EU
  • Eurasian Customs Union
  • energy security
  • energy supply
  • natural gas
  • single EU energy market

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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