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The winter 2008–2009 natural gas crisis, as Russian gas supplies through Ukraine to Europe were halted, reveals weaknesses in the energy policy of the European Union. The EU not only suffers from disagreement and rivalry among 29 member states, but also between the various branches of the Brussels-based European Commission. Indeed, in the EU, energy is a matter of responsibility for at least three directorates-general: the Competition Directorate (DG-COMP), the Transportation and Energy Directorate (DG-TREN) and the External Relations Directorate (DG-RELEX).
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