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HERRANZ-SURRALLÉS Anna - EU Energy Governance in the EU's Neighbourhood (20h)

Energy has become a vital aspect in EU relations with neighbouring countries, playing a multi-faceted and often contradictory role. On the one hand, energy issues have often triggered or aggravated the political tensions in the EU’s Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods. On the other, given its central role in socio-economic development, energy policy is also regarded as a central pillar for boosting the economy, regional integration and political reforms. The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced both trends, as the collapse of oil prices has fueled instability amongst resource-rich countries in the region and, at the same time, added urgency to the transition towards sustainable forms of energy.

The course will examine these different ways in which energy intertwines with EU-ENP relations, delving into the drivers of cooperation and conflict in the region. To that aim, the course will address four main pillars of the EU-ENP energy conundrum: (1) Market integration (2) Pipeline politics (3) Energy sustainability and (4) Resource governance. The course is structured to strike a good balance between theoretical and practical components. The lectures and readings will introduce students to the main scholarly debates on this topic, encouraging students to reflect on a wide range of theories and methodological traditions. At the same time, the course will also foster students’ hands-on expertise, by guiding students into writing a policy brief on a topical issue of EU-ENP energy relations as well as a workshop on the financing of energy cooperation in the ENP region. // ECTS Card