Report of February 9, 2015
Two ongoing political processes are set to shape the future of EU energy and climate policy. On the one hand, following up on the 2020 Strategy, the European Commission and the Member States seek to move beyond 2020 and design a 2030 Climate and Energy Framework that will address climate change and energy transformation in a manner acceptable for all the parties. On the other hand, partly as a consequence of the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the incoming president of the European Council and former PM of Poland Donald Tusk, as well as the designated EC head Jean-Claude Juncker have proposed creation of an Energy Union as a political project that could effectively address the “energy trilemma” of sustainability, affordability and security. Both these processes, however, continue to unfold against the well-known background of a European energy governance paradox: that the EU requires solidarity and energy policy coordination, while at the same time safeguarding nearly full national sovereignty over energy policies and systems.
We would therefore like to invite contributions from political scientists, economists and energy experts working in this and related topic areas to submit papers that explore experience and learn lessons on EU governance mechanisms relevant for the energy and climate field. These papers should combine policy relevance with academic and methodological rigor. In order to enable learning from the lessons of the 2020 Strategy, the papers should focus on key elements of energy governance and can cover aspects both regional cooperation and coordination and EU level processes. This can be explored, for example, in the context of cross-border and domestic infrastructure development and renewable energy policy diffusion.
To find the full version of the Call for Papers click here.