Sovereignty of the EU, it's Energy Policy and the Strategic Compass Process

IED Strategic Research Paper by Ivo Kaplan



Achieving an energy secure EU, with unified defense and foreign policies, that is a pillar of NATO

How effective have EU policies been in addressing the threat of energy insecurity so far? What role do the unready common defense, security, and foreign affairs policies play? Could Europeans make it without changing the EU institutions and relations among them and Member States legislative and executive bodies? There is a need to link the defense and security questions with climate change mitigation demands, and to define a possible leading role of the United Nations Organization in such a process meant to put into practice the Paris Agreement goals. A common council based on the UN Security Council permanent members’ representatives and delegates nominated by regional significant groups of states could operate such issues through a High Authority of some sort, where all the delegates are expected to be assigned by ecological, civic or expert organizations, with a global representativeness, privately or publicly owned.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 in Glasgow from November 2021 showed a deep interdependence among nations mainly in topics such as: suitable energy sources; the security of energy supply, and actions towards climate change mitigation in the long-term vision up to 2100 with the goals of achieving net zero climate-altering emissions in 2050 (China and Russia in 2060 and India in 2070). The worldwide strategy must include ways leading to storage of already produced electricity in batteries or through hydrogen/ammonia circles in order to avoid electrical energy delivery failures due to “no wind” or “no sun” in some parts of the day, in order not to repeat in the energy sector the same sort of crisis generated by our lack of preparedness that we witnessed in the first months of the pandemic in 2020.


About the author

Ivo Kaplan graduated from the University of Technology (Prague, 1985) in power energy. Practice areas: Facility Management (1986, 1995); Foreign Trade (1987-1994); Investment Banking (1996-2001); establishing of the Union of European Federalists in the Czech Republic and promoting EU through seminars, discussions and conferences mostly in the Parliament of Czechia (2001-2006); preparing the officials for the Czech Presidency of the EU in the Institute of Public Administration; and an edition of the special handbook on the history of integration in Europe and on the structure of institutions after the Lisbon Treaty (2007-2009); visiting the European Alpbach Forum and attending its Summer School focused on the EU Law principles (2010, 2011); organizing events aiming to bridge the gap between institutions and citizens through annual conferences on questions of defence, identity, security threats, and social peace, energy supply issues in cooperation with the Czech Senate Board since 2012; Research of the radioactive waste mitigation technologies, including active participation at subject events organized by OECD-NEA or IAEA in various parts of the world (2009-2020), including making three conferences in Prague, two in 2012 and one in 2019.

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