Published 27 July 2023
In a time of unprecedented energy crisis, assessing the extent to which the gas crisis response bolstered European solidarity holds significance. In this article, we present an original viewpoint on the challenges in the development of policies concerning solidarity. This perspective is based on a comprehensive and evaluative analysis of existing and recently suggested energy security policies and regulations (Regulation EU 2017/1938 and Council Regulation 2022/2576). By highlighting the ramifications of implementing energy security to strengthen gas solidarity, the study identifies four fundamental complexities critical to the success of the regulation: comprehensive implementation, enhanced regional cooperation, a long-term energy transition, and regular evaluations. The article concluded that overall collective action and cooperation are crucial in maintaining energy resilience and security within the EU. In addition, the ongoing legislative process concerning the decarbonization of the internal markets may further enhance energy solidarity moving forward.
The study stresses the significant progress the EU has made in enhancing energy security and how energy solidarity remains essential for dealing with supply disruptions. Furthermore, it prompts further investigation into solidarity-related concerns, aiming to establish a more cohesive Energy Union.
This paper will be part of the OGEL Special Issue on "The Impact of the War in Ukraine on the Energy Sector". More information here www.ogel.org/news.asp?key=718