In E.U. Energy Debate, Power Struggle Runs Deep

Law360, New York (March 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Commission’s shake-up of the gas and electricity markets in Europe has been met with support and dissent alike. But one thing is clear: the efforts are tapping into fundamental questions over the authority of independent member states versus the union’s executive body.

The concerns began last year, when the Commission launched an inquiry into anticompetitive practices in E.U.’s energy sector. That probe was an attempt to identify the barriers impeding an open E.U.-wide market as a basis for fairer consumer prices and more efficient...
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