This chapter introduces the motivations behind studying the activities of the European Commission within the European natural gas market. The European Union (EU) currently faces a number of challenges, one of them being the creation of the European Energy Union during times of low energy prices and highly uncertain political environment. By studying and systematically comparing the Commission’s efforts to coordinate natural gas policies in the past, important insights into possible future developments can be gained.
KeywordsEnergy Union European Commission Policy entrepreneur
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