Strengthening the EU's energy remit: Hungary, Poland and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2011

Butler, E. (2013) Strengthening the EU's energy remit: Hungary, Poland and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2011. International Journal of Energy Security and Environmental Research, 1(1), pp. 109-123.

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Abstract

Hungary and Poland held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first and second half of 2011 respectively. Both states had to contend with an EU in economic crisis which meant that attention was often focused on matters beyond their responsibility. Yet, despite this both Hungary and Poland still managed to inform the EU’s policy agenda. They did this in the sphere of energy with both states prioritising key issues of concern, such as infrastructure for Hungary and external energy relations for Poland. This article presents a brief overview of both Presidencies in light if the energy policy priorities they presented throughout the year and draws some conclusions about their success in furthering the European energy agenda suggesting that both states can now be considered capable if not consummate actors within the European Union.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Hungary, Poland, Russia, European Union, EU, energy, infrastructure, external relations, European Council, Presidency
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Butler McIntosh, Dr Eamonn
Authors: Butler, E.
Subjects:J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JX International law
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Energy Security and Environmental Research
Journal Abbr.:IJESER
Publisher:Markoulakis Publications
ISSN:2047-3354
ISSN (Online):2047-3362

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