POLITICS VS. ECONOMY IN EUROPEAN ENERGY AFFAIRS AND THE ROLE OF UKRAINE

The European energy market emerged primarily due to economic interests under the European Coal and Steel Community with politics overtaking only in 1973 because of the oil embargo. Politics in energy affairs has been prevailing on the EU agenda since 2007 after the “third energy package” was introduced and Ukraine played a significant role as a catalyst for progressive development. Since 2014, politics has been dominating energy sector development in the EU because of Russia’s aggressive behaviour against both Ukraine and the Member-States.



The European energy market emerged primarily due to economic interests under the European Coal and Steel Community with politics overtaking only in 1973 because of the oil embargo. Politics in energy affairs has been prevailing on the EU agenda since 2007 after the “third energy package” was introduced and Ukraine played a significant role as a catalyst for progressive development. Since 2014, politics has been dominating energy sector development in the EU because of Russia’s aggressive behaviour against both Ukraine and the Member-States.
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Andrii Chubyk

The Executive Director of the Centre for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”, a NGO, specializing in energy security and energy policy studies. Fellow of Goerdeler College for Good Governance, WEASA and Think Visegrad, the author of numerous articles on the issues of energy sector developments. Research interests include transparency of energy sector, energy policy, energy security and energy efficiency.


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