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V. Termini: The State of the “Energy Union”

image-02/17/2016 - 11:39In a fragmented European scenario, marked by prevailing national interests and short-sighted political responses to the social-economic crisis, it is ever so important to acknowledge and highlight the positive steps that the European Union has taken towards a complete, long-term integration.

Energy falls within the relevant sectors capable of contributing to the qualitative leap the EU must take towards policy integration. In other words, following the Banking Union, the Energy Union (March 2015) may be the second pillar in which EU leaders should invest so as to ensure that common policies may follow common rules. Indeed, despite some prominent exceptions, there has been a gradual but relevant evolution from a European intergovernmental approach to a supranational approach; in fact, even national institutions in the energy sector are converging towards European institutions. 

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