Vulnerability and bargaining power in EU-Russia gas relations

Client/Funding Institution

Austrian Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth


The goal of this project was to develop a new concept called ‘Strategic fragmentation’ which was used to explore how stronger interconnectedness between EU Member States could lead to lower vulnerability and hence to more freedom of action in economic and foreign policy terms. The economic value of energy solidarity mechanisms and more interconnection capacity between Member States was assessed and simulated numerically. For this purpose a model of strategic fragmentation was developed which yields costs and benefits of various policy options for EU Member States.


June 2010 - December 2011

Keywords: European integration, sectoral studies, energy

Countries covered: CIS

Research Areas: Sectoral studies