order to discuss the impact of Europe’s energy dependency on the EU and
the Member State and the shaping of the EU’s external energy relations
from a civil society perspective.
The EESC has called for increased progress
towards a common EU foreign energy policy, notably in reference to
security of supply and the fostering of strategic relations with non-EU
countries. It welcomes the recent Commission proposal for an information
exchange mechanism in the field of external energy agreements. However
many challenges remain, including national vs. European attitudes.
initiative meant at a deeper Europeanisation of energy policy and a
stronger involvement of civil society in energy governance.