European Energy Community discussed

The pol­i­cy pro­pos­al “Towards a Euro­pean Ener­gy Com­mu­ni­ty” 11Avail­able at: http://www.notre-europe.eu/uploads/tx_publication/Etud76-Energy-en.pdf (last access: 30 July 2010). by Jacques Delors pro­voked an intense debate in Bul­gar­ia, where the issue of a future EU ener­gy pol­i­cy and the role Bul­gar­ia should play in it is a salient one. Being sit­u­at­ed at one of the impor­tant cross­roads between East and West, Bul­gar­ia is fre­quent­ly seen as a coun­try that could help improve the EU’s over­all ener­gy secu­ri­ty. How­ev­er, the coun­try has not yet done much to live up to this expec­ta­tion. Since the begin­ning of the tran­si­tion peri­od, the nation­al strat­e­gy for ener­gy sec­tor devel­op­ment has been one of the most dis­put­ed doc­u­ments that nev­er saw the light of day.

Jacques Delors’ pol­i­cy paper idea, that the most rad­i­cal, but also the most promis­ing option, for the EU would be to cre­ate a Euro­pean Ener­gy Com­mu­ni­ty with its own rules and meth­ods spe­cif­ic to the ener­gy field, trig­gered a live­ly debate. The pro­pos­al for the imple­men­ta­tion of a dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed approach pro­vid­ed argu­ments from the ener­gy experts’ com­mu­ni­ty crit­i­cis­ing Bul­gar­i­an pol­i­cy­mak­ers for their lack of a clear posi­tion on the issue. The pre­vail­ing opin­ion in this regard is that Bul­gar­ia, being a new EU mem­ber state, will have to prove itself as a pos­i­tive fac­tor for Euro­pean ener­gy secu­ri­ty and take part in the estab­lish­ment of the Euro­pean Ener­gy Com­mu­ni­ty.22Avail­able at: Georgiev, Atanas: The New Ener­gy Euro-zone, avail­able at: http://www.publics.bg/bg/publications/35/ (last access: 30 July 2010).

The reports focus on a report­ing peri­od from Decem­ber 2009 until May 2010. This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March and April 2010. Most of the 31 reports were deliv­ered in May 2010.

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