On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center hosted a Conference on the Global Ramifications of the European Energy Union. The conference featured two panels of European energy experts, including one of the chief architects of European Union (EU) energy and competition law. 

The conference addressed the intricacies of EU law and assessed the legal, political, and geopolitical implications of the European Energy Union. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent establishment of the European Energy Union raise serious questions as Europe attempts to advance its objectives of increasing competition and ensuring a secure energy supply. Understanding the implications of the Energy Union and the energy regulatory framework is a precondition for understanding the future role of all energy supplies in Europe as well as Europe’s internal and external strategic relationships.