THESEUS Europe@Work 2014

“European Energy Policy”

Berlin and Brussels, 11-13 / 16-18 June 2014


In June 2014, the THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work on European Energy Policy took place in Berlin and Brussels. During the excursion, the participating political science and energy economics students visited different institutions, interest groups and policymakers. They discussed current challenges of European Energy Policy. The group consisted of students from the University of Cologne and students of the Turkish-German University Istanbul as well as the Charles University Prague.

The first part of the excursion took place from 11 to 13 June 2014 in Berlin. Among the visited institutions were the German Parliament, the Federal Foreign Office and the German Economic Council. From 16 to 18 June 2014, the students spent the second part of their excursion in Brussels and visited amongst others the Permanent Representation of Germany to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS). At the heart of all discussions was the 2030 framework for European energy and climate policies and its impact on the industry. Also the ongoing Ukraine crisis and its consequences for energy security in Europe played a central role in the debates.


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‘The Ukraine Crisis: Energy & Geopolitics’ - A Roundtable Discussion


This year’s THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work on European energy policy closed with the roundtable discussion ‘The Ukraine Crisis: Energy & Geopolitics’ on 6 July 2014. The participants of the event got the opportunity to get engaged in a lively discussion on the Ukraine crisis from both a political and an economic perspective.

The roundtable discussion was introduced by a short keynote address by the panelists Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge, Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Cologne. On the panel, they were supported by the two master students Luise Bangert (Economics) and Leonie Völker (Political Science).

Together with the audience, they discussed topics ranging from the perspectives and interests of actors involved in the Ukraine crisis over underlying geopolitical strategies of states to voters’ impact on political decisions. The crisis’ consequences for future security and costs of energy supply as well as measures taken to avoid possible shortcuts in energy supply were the central underlying aspects of the discussion.