Four lessons the EU should learn about energy security

Despite the Ukraine crisis, the new European Commission’s approach to diversifying gas supplies should be based on commercial realities

The World Today
Published 1 October 2014 Updated 22 February 2021 3 minute READ

Ana Stanič

Founder, E&A Law, and Honorary Lecturer, Centre of Mining and Natural Resources, University of Dundee

Diversification of gas supply has been a strategic priority for the European Union since its dependence on imports began to grow in the early 2000s. The crisis in Ukraine has heightened concerns that the flow of Russian gas passing through this country may be interrupted and has reignited calls for dependency on Russian gas to be reduced. As a new European Commission takes over energy policy in Brussels, it is worth examining the lessons the EU ought to learn from the Southern Gas Corridor project, which for a decade was seen as key to enhancing energy security.

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