A Roadmap to Enhanced Regional Energy Policy: Cooperation in South East Europe

CEPS Special Report, No. 134

16 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2016

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Anna Dimitrova

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Christian Egenhofer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: April 7, 2016

Abstract

Regional Energy Policy Cooperation has now gained political traction in the EU as a tool to advance the EU’s energy objectives. Cooperation and coordination is meant to facilitate the convergence of markets and policies, so while the creation of one EU Internal Energy Market remains the goal, regional cooperation is the tool with which to achieve that goal. Cooperation could become the stepping-stone towards the completion of the Internal Energy Market within the European 2030 climate and energy framework and beyond.

The Energy Union concept recognises the importance of regional integration. For South East Europe, regional energy policy cooperation is seen as a means to address region-specific challenges such as security of supply, energy imports dependence, affordability, but also to build trust. South East Europe’s hitherto untapped or underutilised potential for renewable energy, hydro – also for storage – and the huge potential for energy efficiency improvements offer a great opportunity to solve the region’s challenges.

This paper was written within the framework of the “Regional Energy Policy Initiatives”, a project by the Centre for European Policy Studies’ Energy Climate House. It explores the potential of regional approaches to European energy policies to improve the effectiveness of EU energy policy objectives in South East Europe and the EU at large.

Keywords: EU, energy market, energy union, South East Europe, EU Internal Energy Market, Regional Energy Policy Cooperation

Suggested Citation

Dimitrova, Anna and Egenhofer, Christian and Behrens, Arno, A Roadmap to Enhanced Regional Energy Policy: Cooperation in South East Europe (April 7, 2016). CEPS Special Report, No. 134, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2766226

Anna Dimitrova (Contact Author)

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Christian Egenhofer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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