EU - Russia Energy Relations, Legal and Political Issues
Euroconfidentiel & OGEL joint publication
Publication date: December 2009
Format: 17 x 24.5 cm
Over the last 36 months the energy relationship between Europe and Russia, a customer and its supplier, has been re-written in many ways. This book endeavors to grasp the political and legal issues that surround these developments.
Firstly, the political aspects of the EU-Russia relations are discussed by some of the leading practitioners and academics in the field. With Russia being the single most important energy supplier for the European Union, the security of supply issue inevitably hinges to a large extent on the complex relationship between Brussels and the Kremlin. The events following the most recent disruption of gas supply from Ukraine in 2009 is evidence of the fragile political interrelation between the EU and Russia and it is not surprising that speculation about the future of Russian energy supplies to the EU keeps growing. These issues are further complicated by the stated intention of both parties, the EU in particular, to diversify their energy flows. In the first section of the book, the Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and his colleague from the Cabinet, Ferran Tarradellas, approach the issue from an EU perspective as international relations practitioners. Their viewpoint on EU-Russia relations is then followed by an academic assessment from Dr Fraser Cameron.
Above and beyond policy issues, the legal issues that surround the intricate political backdrop of the relationship are also examined in much detail. Indeed the legal relations between the two partners are at the center stage of this book. Various mechanisms including the EU-Russia Partnership Agreement, the EU-Russia energy dialogue and the Energy Charter Treaty are examined and debated. Another re-occurring theme of the book is the role of transit countries. Here, the international law aspects of EU-Russia energy relations are discussed by an eminent group of experts including Mark C. Baker, Dr. Andrey Konoplyanik, Dr. Dirk Buschle, Sophie Nappert and others. These experts discuss issues including the Energy Charter Treaty, EU-Russia Partnership Agreement and the enforcement of arbitral awards in Russia.
The changing legal regime, in the EU in particular, also has its effects on EU-Russia relations. Some of the most significant and controversial changes in EU energy law and policy and its implications for EU-Russia energy relations are examined in the chapters written by some of the leading academics from various countries including many EU Member States, Ukraine and the US. The authors include Dr. Michelle Michot Foss, Dr. Dmitry Volkov, Dr. Gürcan Gülen, Dr. Alan Riley, Arnoud Willems, Jung-ui Sul, Yohan Benizri, Michael Gonchar, Vitalii Martyniuk and Olena Prystayko, Aleksander Kotlowski, Kim Talus and Michaël Hunt.
Table of contents
- EU-Russia Energy Relations: Common Goals and Concerns
Mr. Andris Piebalgs - EU Commissioner to Energy
Mr. Kim Talus University College London
Piero Luigi Fratini European Commission
SECTION I: POLITICAL ENERGY RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EU AND RUSSIA
- Chapter I: EU-Russia Energy Dialog at the Origin of the European Foreign Energy Policy'>The EU-Russia Energy Dialogue at the Origin of the European Foreign Energy Policy
Mr. Ferran Tarradellas - Spokesman of Commissioner A. Piebalgs European Commission
- Chapter II: The Politics of EU-Russia Energy Relations
Dr. Fraser Cameron - Director EU Russia Centre
SECTION II: LEGAL ASPECTS OF EU RUSSIA ENERGY RELATIONS
- Chapter I: A Common Russia-EU Energy Space (The new EU-Russia Partnership Agreement, acquis communautaire, the Energy Charter and the new Russian initiative)
Dr. Andrey Konoplyanik - Consultant to the Board of Gazprombank and Professor, Russian State Oil and Gas University, Chair on International Oil and Gas Business
- Chapter II: EU-Russia Relations in the Energy Field: The Continuing Role of International Law
Sophie Nappert - Arbitrator
- Chapter III: Arbitrating Disputes under the Energy Charter Treaty
Dr. Kaj Hober - Arbitrator - Mannheimer Swartling
- Chapter IV: Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Russia: Improving, But Still Uncertain
Mark Baker, Jonathan Sutcliffe , Kirsten Hetzel Wilson and Kinan H. Romman - Fulbright & Jaworski
- Chapter V: The Effect of the EC-Russia Partnership Agreement in Community Law: Lessons Learned From the Soccer World
Dr. Dirk Buschle - Legal Counsel Energy Community Secretariat
SECTION III: CHANGING THE RULES FOR THE EU NATURAL GAS MARKETS FROM STATE TO MARKET AND PLAN TO CONTRACT
- Chapter I: The New EU Energy Policy and Implications for Former Soviet Union Natural Gas Suppliers
Dmitry Volkov, Dr. Gürcan Gülen and Dr. Michelle Michot Foss - Centre for Energy Economist, Austin University - Texas.
- Chapter II: Unbundling As a Defence Mechanism Against Russia: Is the EU Missing the Point?
Arnoud Willems, Jung-ui Sul and Yohan Benizri - Sidley Austin LLP
- Chapter III: The Long-Term Capacity Agreements, Third Party Access and EU-Russia Relations
Kim Talus and Michaël Hunt (University College London - Scientific Collaborator Université catholique de Louvain)
- Chapter IV: Russian Energy Strategy and Transit Routes in Eastern Europe - A View from Warsaw
Alexander Kotlowski - University of Oxford
- Chapter V: Can Nordstream and Southstream Survive in a Changing European Gas Market?
Prof. Alan Riley - City University London
- Chapter VI: 2009 Gas Conflict and its Consequences for the European Energy Security
Michael Gonchar, Vitalii Martyniuk and Olena Prystayko - Centre for Global Studies - EU Russia Centre Brussels