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EGENHOFER C. - EU Energy Policy (25h)

The establishment of an EU energy policy competence in Art. 194 TFEU of the Lisbon Treaty has given further impetus to the development of EU energy and climate policy. Additional drivers were the internal energy market, international climate change policy and the challenges related to low-carbon technology, developments in the global commodity markets but also the renewed security concerns, which gave birth to the Energy Union. The first part of the course will provide the necessary analytical and empirical background on EU and global energy issues to acquaint students with a basic understanding of the technical, economic and political aspects of contemporary energy issues. The second part of the course will address both internal and external energy policy and the Energy Union. Internal energy policy topics include institutional issues related to Art. 194 TFEU, the internal energy market, notably the Clean Energy Package for all Europeans, the Emissions Trading System, the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, the energy-mobility interface, but also technology and innovation. The external dimension will cover the Energy Security Strategy, solidarity and trust, regional energy co-operation, the European Energy Community, the Energy Charter Treaty, EU co-operation with third countries, energy and trade, and the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. The third part will relate EU energy policy to global energy and climate challenges such as the Paris Agreement, long-term sustainability, the renewable energy transition, the role of emerging economies as well as global energy governance. A number of specific case studies will illustrate the functioning of EU energy policy. ‘Talk shows’ where students hold and defend pre-defined roles and positions will be organised. Sessions will be opened and/or concluded with short introductions or quizzes to focus on the essentials.

Professor: Christian EGENHOFER

ECTS card 2018-2019