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Europe After The Lisbon Treaty. Strategies for the Future

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olitical and economic debates have centered for many years on energy issues. However, it was not until recently that we realised that energy and its carriers also have to become a force in their own right. P E nergy solidarity has become a contemporary challenge and the term has en- tered common EU vocabulary. Europe is an area which has to import energy carriers from other regions. However, despite common challenges, Europe still lacks an energy policy. Energy solidarity is still a postulate and not a fact. According to Mariusz Swora, President of the Energy Regulatory Oce, the energy solidarity rule is slowly being incorporated into energy policy. However, the energy-climate package greatly increases energy prices in Europe, because of which Europe is lo- sing its competitive edge. Such a situation is favorable for the economies of China and the USA which do not implement such rigoro- us requirements on the emission of toxic gases. By implementing climate standards which are too high, the EU is ruining the energy market. There wo- n’t be economic growth without higher consump- tion of energy.

aweł Olechnowicz, The President of the Board and Gene- ral Director of the LOTOS Group directed attention to the fact that in order to ensure common energy policy in Europe, we need dierent kinds of actions, including cooperation between companies and institutions dealing with energy at the European level. He stressed that Central Europe has particular problems connected with the energy sector.“To mark one’s existence at the Pan-European level one has to speak with one voice. In June 2010 an initiative was established in Brussels – Central European Energy Partners – P Paweł Olechowicz, President of the Board, LOTOS Group, Poland


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