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EU and Energy Policy


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master International Relations, track European Union Studies.


With the acceptance of the Lisbon Treaty, the third pillar of energy policy has become a shared competence of the European Union. In this course we will review the history of energy policy-making in the EC/EU, the current energy policy initiatives and the relationship of energy policy with other governance institutions. In the past decade, energy has again gained strategic importance. High prices (before the financial crisis) and climate change policy have greatly impacted on the governments’ involvements in the energy market.

Themes per class:

  • Energy, Economics and Policy

  • What about politics?

  • Oil, Gas and Power: the essentials

  • European Energy Policy

  • Market design

  • Today’s Challenges

Course objectives

Students will acquire insight in the history of EU engergy policy, the EU internal energy market policy and the relationship with other governance instituitions.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method

  • Presentation 20%

  • Class participation 20%

  • Paper 60% The final paper will only be marked if the student has attended the seminars.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Retake paper: resubmit three weeks after the grade has been made known. In order to be eligible for the retake paper, students have to have failed the course.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A reading list will be distributed before the start of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.


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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga


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