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“To ensure the long-term security of European energy supplies.”

The problem 

Europe needs to develop a long-term integrated strategy for a secure energy supply network. This strategy must encompass the nuclear contribution to EU energy supplies, its security and environmental effects; the economic mechanisms and policy guidance for sustaining a robust development of European gas supply; the barriers and prospects for a European hydrogen economy; and coordinating security of supply in the EU. The European Commission has committed itself to submitting regular strategic energy reviews to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. To do so, it needs to consult with the EU energy industry, as well as national and international institutions.

CESSA  A strategic policy for securing future energy supplies


CESSA will facilitate a European energy policy forum to help develop an economically feasible, socially and environmentally acceptable EU energy policy. The project will involve high-level decision-makers from industry, business, and national and international energy institutions. CESSA will review existing national and international experience and policies, highlight shortcomings in a coordinated European energy policy and identify opportunities for co-operative action. Ideas and policy proposals developed by the project will be sensitive to the current trend for a more open, liberalised energy market, while addressing the fundamental need for a secure long-term energy supply.

Contribution to policy development:

  • CESSA will improve economic understanding and policy governance in the field of European gas and nuclear energy supply systems plus the hydrogen economy.
  • It will identify, define and offer proposals for implementing best practice in the gas and the nuclear supply chain.
  • The project will define indicators to measure critical factors in the security of European energy supplies.
  • CESSA will develop proposals for improved integration of European R&D with the ongoing needs of policy-makers.

Project deliverables

  • Papers on economic, environmental and security aspects of nuclear and gas supplies – July 2007
  • Two conferences, one on nuclear energy and the other gas policy – January 2008
  • A second batch of research papers on energy from nuclear and gas – February 2008
  • Conference on European gas policy governance – April 2008
  • Research papers on the prospects for a European hydrogen economy – May 2008
  • Conference: improving security of European energy supplies through co-operation – August 2008
  • Research papers on co-operation to secure European energy supplies – September 2008
  • Final project conference and report – December 2008


  • Public-access project website with information on partners and latest news – ongoing
  • CESSA will maintain close contact with the International Energy Agency and OECD Nuclear Agency – ongoing
  • Workshops (including media packs) to present progress and ideas to policy-makers and other interested parties – as needed
  • Specialist results to be published in peer-review journals – as needed

Technical information

Project acronym: CESSA
Project’s official full title: Coordinating Energy Security in Supply Activities
Research priority: The development of tools, indicators and operational parameters for assessing sustainable transport and energy systems performance (economic, environmental and social)
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 044383
Start date: January 2007
Kick off meeting: January 2007
Completion date:December 2008
European Commission scientific officer: Jacques Bonnin,

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Name: Cambridge University (Department of Applied Economics)
Abbreviated name: UCambridge
Country: United Kingdom

Name: German Institute for Economic Research 
Abbreviated name: DIW Berlin
Country: Germany

Name: University Pontificia Comillas (Institute of Technology Research)  
Abbreviated name:UPC
Country: Spain

Name:University Paris Sud (Economics Department)
Abbreviated name: UPS
Country: France

Name: University of Louvain
Abbreviated name: ULouv
Country: Belgium

Name: Cambridge University
Abbreviated name: UCambridge
Country: UK

Name: University of Copenhagen 
Abbreviated name: UCopenhagen
Country: Denmark

Name: National Technical University of Athens
Abbreviated name: NTUA
Country: Greece

Name: Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Abbreviated name: NHH
Country: Norway

Name: University of Geneva
Abbreviated name: UGeneva
Country: Switzerland

Name: Florence School of Regulation
Abbreviated name: FSR
Country: Italy

Name: Technical University of Lodz
Abbreviated name: TOL
Country: Poland

Name:University Bocconi
Abbreviated name: UBocconi
Country: Italy

Name: Stockholm School of Economics
Abbreviated name: HHS
Country: Sweden

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Abbreviated name: KUL
Country: Belgium

Name: Laurens de Vries
Abbreviated name: Delft University of Technology
Country: Netherlands

Name: Lithuanian Energy Institute
Abbreviated name: LEI
Country: Lithuania

Name: Institute of Physical Energetics
Abbreviated name: IPE-LAS
Country: Latvia

Name: University of Ljubljana
Abbreviated name: ULjubljana
Country: Slovenia