UDC 327:620.9(4-672EU+470)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 70 (2019)
Vol. 70, No 1176, pp. 63-82

Original scientific paper
Received: 24 Jun 2019
Accepted: 24 Jul 2019


Šekarić Nevena (Istraživač-pripravnik Instituta za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), nevena.sekaric@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

Considering the significance of the key energy sources and ways of their transportation, energy security is the subject of the analysis of many scientific papers and public policies. Energy security in the context of EU-Russian relations has gained importance in recent years. Hence, the main goal of this paper is to analyze the process of securitization of the European Union\'s energy dependence on Russian natural gas and the main implications of this process as well. Employing the concept of securitization of the Copenhagen School of Security Studies, or more precisely its criticisms, the paper highlights key elements of the securitization process in the case of energy relations between the EU and Russia. The central part of the paper focuses on content analysis of statements and messages of key securitizing actors in the European Union, but also on a wider sociopolitical context that gives \"legitimacy\" to such process, followed by concluding remarks.

Keywords: securitization, European Union, Russia, energy relations, energy security, Copenhagen School of Security Studies, European Commission