The EU has ignored its own strategy to diversify energy supply
An interview with ESCP Visiting Professor Samuele Furfari, a former long-time senior official at the Energy Directorate-General of the European Commission.
Published by Brussels Report.
In 2000, the European Commission published a green paper titled «Towards a European strategy for the security of energy supply». Professor Samuele Furfari, who served for a long time at the European Commission’s energy department, was in charge of communicating the recommendations of this strategy. The aim of this was to make sure that the European Union, which is heavily dependent on imported energy, would nevertheless ensure its security of supply.
Unfortunately, the European Commission did not follow its own recommendations, and under the impulse of Germany, other choices were made. In an exclusive interview for The European Scientist, reproduced in English by Brussels Report, Professor Furfari, who also serves as the President of the European Society of Engineers and Industrialists and author of numerous books on energy, looks back at this and explains the impact on the tragic events currently taking place in Europe.