The European Green Deal, launched by the European Commission in 2019, is the culmination of decades of work by the European Union to provide global leadership on climate change mitigation by pursuing ambitious decarbonisation targets through an integrated governance framework. However, the security of supply crisis due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine will be a stress test for such governance, and thus for the European Green Deal itself.
In his presentation, Max Münchmeyer, researcher at the EUI's Law Department, will examine the Commission's competences and practices in horizontal governance, which concerns the synergies and trade-offs between different priorities of energy policy. Based on an analysis of the Commission's individual and collective assessments of National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), this dimension of governance could be reinforced through existing avenues in secondary legislation, as well as through the proactive use of a recently recognised principle of EU primary law, that of energy solidarity. Harnessing these catalysts for stronger horizontal EU energy governance will be key in managing the twin energy crises, climate change and security of supply, that the Union is currently confronting.