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19/08/2015

Did you know that EU accession does not signify a member state’s loss of sovereignty over its energy resources?

The Treaty of Lisbon introduced some novelties with regards to energy policy. For the first time in EU history there is a special Article dedicated to the matter of energy in the EU. It was created to strengthen the EU's energy policy, and to formally define member states’ control over their energy resources.

The Article is, however, not a fundamental change to EU’s energy policy. First and foremost it is characterized by the will to increase utilization of sustainable energy. 

EU accession does not signify a member state's loss of sovereignty over its energy resources. This is made clear in the Treaty of Lisbon where it says that: "Such measures should not affect a Member State's right to determine the conditions for exploiting its energy resources, its choice between different energy sources and the general structure of its energy supply, without prejudice to Article 192(2)(c). "