Thaler Investigates Growing Importance of the European Council in Energy

A member of the CEU's Energy Policy Research Group Dr Philipp Thaler published his recent article “The European Commission and the European Council: Coordinated Agenda setting in European energy policy” in the Journal of European integration. In the publication he investigates the effects of a growing importance of the European Council for policy integration – a trend that has been experienced in various fields in the post-Maastricht era – in the specific context of EU energy policy.

Pakalkaite Presents Energy Research Papers at ECPR Conference on Regulatory Governance

Vija Pakalkaite, who began her doctoral studies at CEU in 2012, received funding from the School of Public Policy Travel and Research Grant Fund to attend the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Conference on Regulatory Governance in Tilburg, the Netherlands in July.

Goldthau and Sitter Analyze EU Policy in the Global Political Economy of Energy

Jean-Arnold Vinois gave a thoughtful and informative keynote address at CEU on Friday, October 2. The occasion was the official launch of Andreas Goldthau and Nick Sitter’s new book, “A Liberal Actor in a Realist World: The European Union Regulatory State and the Global Policy Economy of Energy” (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Vija Pakalkaite publishes a Commentary on the Increasing State Role in the Energy Business in Central and Eastern Europe

Vija Pakalkaite, a doctoral candidate at the Department of Public Policy and researcher at the CEU’s Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG, on June 25 published a commentary in Natural Gas Europe about the increasing state role in the energy utilities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Andrei V. Belyi on the complex interrelation of states and markets in the hydrocarbon sector

On the 13th of February 2015, CEU’s Energy Policy Research Group welcomed Dr Andrei V. Belyi, Senior Researcher at the Centre for EU Russia Studies of the University of Tartu in Estonia, to talk on ‘Market Power on the Rise or Return of the State? International Political Economy of Hydrocarbon Sectors’. The public lecture was jointly organized with the Political Economy Research Group (PERG) and the Department of Public Policy.

Vija Pakalkaite Awarded the CEU Award for Advanced Doctoral Students

Our PhD student, Vija Pakalkaite has been awarded the CEU Award for Advanced Doctoral Students. The Award rewards outstanding student research and requires completion of a significant portion of research that serves as the basis of the dissertation and scholarly presentation of tangible results that directly stem from the research (a draft chapter, a paper); and a GPA of at least 3.5 or the highest placements in the department.

Prof. Aleh Cherp leads a new project on the Politics of Energy Transitions

Prof. Aleh Cherp leads a new project on the Politics of Energy Transitions supported by the International Social Sciences Council’s Transformation to Sustainability Program as part of the Future Earth initiative.

Prof. Cherp co-authors a paper on the concept of energy security with Dr. Jewell

Prof. Aleh Cherp co-authors a paper on the concept of energy security with Dr. Jessica Jewell of IIASA, an EPRG alumna. The paper can be freely retrieved at It argues that energy security should be conceptualized as an instance of security in general and that it can be defined as low vulnerability of vital energy systems which support critical social functions and can be drawn sectorally or geographically.

Margarita M. Balmaceda on energy and state building

Energy and State Building in Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania: Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Power

Romanian press quotes Vija Pakalkaite, Phd student at the Department of Public Policy, about Lithuanian energy independence

The article is about the "choice" between the gas hub where business players are exchanging/selling - the free market approach and, on the other hand, dealing with Gazprom and submitting to its political nature.

It discusses the concept of energy independence, taking as an example the new liquefied natural gas facility "Independence" at the Lithuanian shores of the Baltic see.