European Energy Union – are we getting closer to connecting the grid?

Although European integration in the early 1950s started around energy issues, efforts in this field have ever since been hampered by narrow national interests and a lack of coordination. Central and Eastern Europe serves as point in case – it is a region heavily energy-dependent on Russia, yet we can observe very diverging positions of these countries.IMG_6123 Even before the current international crisis, the energy sector had become highly unpredictable, stalling inflow of critical investments into infrastructure. The EU tried to be a front-runner in fighting global warming and setting very ambitious goals for CO2 reduction, but might have to review these goals. Does the new situation call for a reassessment of renewable energy, our position on shale gas and nuclear power plants? Will it mark a change of attitude in Europe – are member states willing to step beyond their national interests? Continue reading

Building Economies for the Future: boosting growth and the environment

RDR lissabon (6)ELF President Felicita Medved welcomed the audience to this session of the Ralf Dahrendorf Roudtables Series and introduced the topic – Building Economies for the Future: Boosting growth and the environment – as one of the main focus issues of ELF. She showed concerns for the watering down of water and renewables targets, finalizing with the question “Which liberal solutions in constructing growth and at the same time protecting the environment?” Continue reading