EU's new energy strategy over bi-lateral agreements

The Nordstream pipeline was a bi-lateral project between Russia and Germany (photo:dpa)
The Nordstream pipeline was a bi-lateral project between Russia and Germany (photo:dpa)

The European Commission’s new energy strategy for dealing with outside countries would, among other things, demand that it is kept informed of all existing and new bi-lateral agreements which member states make on their own. This special report, the second in a two-part series, looks at why this is one of the key proposals of the new strategy which is aimed at achieving Europe’s long-term energy needs.

THE EUROPEAN Union has increasingly recognised the need to speak with ‘one voice’ on energy issues and to act ‘in the spirit of solidarity’ since the gas crisis of January, 2006.

In contrast, Russia, China and some others are continuing to be successf...

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