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An EU-South Mediterranean energy community: the right policy for the right region?

Tholens, Simone 2014. An EU-South Mediterranean energy community: the right policy for the right region? The International Spectator 49 (2) , pp. 34-49. 10.1080/03932729.2014.906806

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The European Commission has spelled out its policy ambition for EU energy cooperation with the southern neighbourhood with plans for the establishment of an ‘Energy Community’. Its communications make clear that an Energy Community should be based on regulatory convergence with the EU acquis communautaire, much in the same vein as the existing institution carrying the same name; the Energy Community with Southeast Europe. It is puzzling that the Commission insists on repackaging this enlargement concept in a region with very different types of relationships vis-à-vis the EU, especially when considering the lukewarm position of key stakeholders in the field. According to them, any attempt to introduce a political integration model in this highly sensitive issue area in the politically fragmented MENA region might run the risk of hurting the incremental technical integration process that has slowly emerged over the past few years.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0393-2729
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:23

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