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EU Law after Lisbon$
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Andrea Biondi, Piet Eeckhout, and Stefanie Ripley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644322.001.0001

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Energy Policy after Lisbon

Energy Policy after Lisbon

(p.367) 18 Energy Policy after Lisbon
EU Law after Lisbon

Leigh Hancher

Francesco Maria Salerno

Oxford University Press

Aside from coal, with the late European Coal and Steel Community Treaty (which expired on 23 July 2002) and nuclear, with the European Atomic Energy Treaty, energy has never had any specific legal basis in primary EC law. This has changed with the Lisbon Treaty and the adoption and entry into force of the new Article 194 TFEU. Article 194 TFEU codifies the existing objectives and instruments of European energy policy and links them explicitly. This chapter aims to analyse this new provision and to uncover its strengths and weaknesses as well as providing an analysis of the relationship between Article 194 TFEU and other relevant treaty provisions. This new provision does not allocate new competences to the Union and could arguably weaken the existing foundations of EU energy policy. Therefore, following an analysis of Article 194 TFEU in respect of EU energy policy, this chapter asks what changes is made at EU level.

Keywords:   EU energy policy, legal basis, TFEU, Article 194

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