Energy (In)Security: Challenges and Prospects for the European Union and Baltic States

Martins Hirss, Andris Spruds. Energy (In)Security: Challenges and Prospects for the European Union and Baltic States. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014. – 8 p.

As discord between the European Union (EU) and Russia deepens, EU Member States must pose the question whether Russia will continue to provide sufficient, reliable, consistent, and affordable deliveries of natural gas to Europe. Energy security has once more come to the forefront of EU priorities. This brief starts with an overview of mechanisms that the EU has developed for strengthening energy security for its Member States. More specifically this paper reviews recent developments in the Baltic States, evaluating the role the EU has played in enhancing energy security. Finally, we will look at the future prospects for energy security within the Union.

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