The Legal Dialogue (2010–2012)
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In 2004, the EU’s then outgoing Commission President, Romano Prodi, described the Russia–EU relationship as ‘anything but institutions’. This was especially true about energy. As late as 2013, one of the few scholars on the Energy Dialogue noted that ‘energy constitutes one of the least legally detailed areas of Russia-EU cooperation, which only enhances the potential for politicization’. But even though the relationship lacked mutual, legally binding institutions, legal institutions nevertheless mattered enormously.