Panoramic view of Enguri hydroelectric power station HES in Georgia

Eastern Europe reveals a varied energy landscape.

Energizing the Eastern Partnership

April 2015, Number 06.02

“Energy development is a strategic priority of the Eastern Partnership (EaP). In recent years, the European Union has been intensively working with EaP countries, but their reluctance to develop and use new renewable energy opportunities has been a roadblock to strengthening energy security in the region.

Compared to the rest of the world, the EU has few energy supplies of its own, forcing it to adjust its energy policy goals. In the past decade, energy supply diversification has spurred tension in the EU. EaP countries can benefit from this hard-earned experience.

The main goal of the EU’s Energy Community is to create an energy market with uniform prices for energy resources and electricpower. Community members pledged to liberalize their energy markets and implement basic EU standards for electric power, natural gas, the environment and renewable energy...”

Excerpt from Georgi Gobechia, “Energizing the Eastern Partnership,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 2, 2015: 40-45.

Georgi Gobechia is chief advisor for the Office of the State Minister of Georgia. Since 1997, he has been a civil servant and Abkhazia conflict expert. He has earned degrees in history, jurisprudence and international law, is a researcher at the Marshall Center and a graduate of its Program on Applied Security Studies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.