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Energy and State aid: An overview of EU and national case law

The achievement of a true internal market for energy is one of the most complex challenges faced by the Union. Apart from the inherently technical complexity of energy markets, Member States fiercely defend their room for manoeuvre in relation to what would otherwise look like a perfect candidate for establishing a true and efficient pan-European energy policy. Against this, the Commission periodically attempts legislative or quasi-legislative initiatives which, with a greater or lesser degree of success, seek to achieve the -most probably- unfinished task. This tension is exacerbated not only by the economic and strategic importance of the sector itself (particularly with regard to the security of supply) but also because energy prices are an essential element of the cost structure

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José Luis Buendia Sierra, Jose Manuel Panero, Energy and State aid: An overview of EU and national case law, 8 January 2015, e-Competitions Energy & State aid, Art. N° 70678

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