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Increasing Energy Independence

From abc.auEnergy independence become a key buzzword in the US presidential debates. The European Union has now launched a new initiative to reduce its member states’ dependence on Russian oil – a controversial move published just at the conclusion of the EU-Russia Summit, which concludes on Friday.

The Financial Times is reporting new EU plans to build additional pipelines from the Caspian Sea, decreasing European ties to Russian pipeline infrastructure. Union officials are looking to build a network of pipelines that would carry gas from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan into the EU. In addition, plans are being hatched to possibly create of European consortium to purchase gas from the region.

At the same time, the Council and Commission now seem to be weakening their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Union by 20% by 2020. The European Parliament announced immediate protest. It has vowed to hold the other parts of the EU administration to its commitments, outlined here.

The full EU proposals toward increasing long-term energy security can be found here.



Cathryn Cluver

Cathryn Cluver is a journalist and EU analyst. Now based in Hamburg, Germany, she previously worked at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Belgium, where she was Deputy Editor of the EU policy journal, Challenge Europe. Prior to that, she was a producer with CNN-International in Atlanta and London. Cathryn graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master's Degree in European Studies and holds a BA with honors from Brown University in International Relations.

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