Liberalizing the EU's Energy Market

Johannes Pollak and Peter Slominski

in The EU's Decision Traps

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596225
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729140 | DOI:
Liberalizing the EU's Energy Market

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From the outset, the liberalization of the EU energy market has been vastly controversial. Given the diversity in interests among EU member states and the strategic importance of energy policy, it is remarkable that progress in this regard has been made at all. This chapter discusses how the European Commission has successfully used its power in the field of competition law, initiated infringement procedures, adopted soft law, and engaged in informal institution-building in order to overcome reluctant member states and advance its project of completing an internal energy market.

Keywords: competition policy; European Commission; energy; liberalization; soft governance; informal regulation

Chapter.  8541 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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