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Intra-European energy solidarity at the core of the European integration process: future possibilities and current constraints

Annamária Orbán and Zoltán Szántó

in Reinventing Social Solidarity Across Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305552 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427274.003.0007
Intra-European energy solidarity at the core of the European integration process: future possibilities and current constraints

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One of the basic aims of the European Union is to be among the most competitive regions of the globalized world economy whilst ensuring a quality of life for its citizens. This chapter argues that this is reliant upon the attainment of a stable, secure source of energy supply. Energy provision across Europe is a security question in all senses, ranging from economic to social security. However, the EU is very far from being self-sufficient in energy resources, while its economies and societies consume a constantly increasing amount of energy, creating a strong dependency on energy import. The chapter analyses the challenges facing the EU in the energy sector from the perspective of transnational energy solidarity within a common EU energy policy by assessing the impact of increasing energy prices; dependency on external sources; and climate change problems. Focusing on the planned infrastructure, developed according to the present intentions and plans (e.g. the ‘Nabucco’ gas pipeline), it analyses the challenges involved in the realization of a higher level intra-European solidarity among the EU member states.

Keywords: solidarity; Europe; energy; transnational energy solidarity; security; policy; climate; citizenship

Chapter.  7429 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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