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Simone Tagliapietra

Research Fellow

Expertise: Energy Markets, Energy and Climate Policy, Neighborhood Policy CV: Download CV Twitter: @TagliapietraBxl

Simone Tagliapietra, an Italian citizen, joined Bruegel in April 2015. He is also Senior Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Lecturer at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

He is an expert in international energy and climate issues, with a record of numerous publications covering the international energy markets, the European energy and climate policy and the Euro-Mediterranean energy relations, with a particular focus on Turkey.

He is the author of the books 'Energy Relations in the Mediterranean: A Political Economy Perspective' (Palgrave, 2017), 'The Future of European Gas Markets' (Claeys&Casteels, 2016), 'The Geoeconomics of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Renewable Energy' (Claeys&Casteels, 2013).

Before joining Bruegel he spent a year in Istanbul as Visiting Researcher at the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University. Previously, he also completed a traineeship at the Sustainable Energy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva.

He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the European Energy Journal (EEJ) and a Senior Expert Member of the Euro-Med Economists Association (EMEA).

Born in 1988, he holds a PhD in Institutions and Policies from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Simone speaks Italian, English and French.

Declaration of interests 2016

Contact information

simone.tagliapietra@bruegel.org

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Blog Post

Lights on, Africa! Europe must coordinate support for electrification

Patchy access to electricity remains a major challenge for sub-Saharan Africa's economic development. The EU and its member states have many programmes to support electrification in Africa, but fragmentation reduces their impact. A single platform for European support would provide the necessary coordination and leverage.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: June 20, 2017
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Policy Contribution

Electrifying Africa: how to make Europe’s contribution count

Electrification is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing socio-economic challenges. Europe has created a myriad of fragmented initiatives to promote electrification in sub-Saharan Africa, limiting their efficacy. This sub-optimal situation should be changed by coordinating the initiatives of European institutions and EU countries through a unique platform: the EU Electrify Africa Hotspot.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: June 8, 2017
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Adieu Paris: what’s next for climate policy if Trump ditches the Paris Agreement?

US President Trump has made it clear that he is not happy with the Paris Agreement. This week he will announce whether the US will withdraw from the Agreement altogether. What might that mean for the global fight against climate change? US decarbonisation is already well underway but the EU would need to step up and defend global climate governance.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: May 30, 2017
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Opinion

Is the EastMed gas pipeline just another EU pipe dream?

Is the EastMed pipeline really a feasible project? The answer to this question is not simple, but the EastMed plan sounds unconvincing.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: May 10, 2017
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Blog Post

Global decarbonisation: a wake-up call for the Middle East and North Africa

Many countries in the MENA region are heavily dependent on oil and gas for exports and taxes. But global decarbonisation could undermine revenues, even though MENA exports are globally competitive. This threatens the MENA region's social contract, so economic diversification needs to start now.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: April 11, 2017
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Working Paper

The political economy of Middle East and North Africa oil exporters in times of global decarbonisation

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oil exporting countries are still not adequately equipped to prosper in a decarbonising world. Decarbonisation should therefore represent an incentive for MENA oil exporters to pursue structural processes of transition from rentier to production states.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: April 11, 2017
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External Publication

Securing the Energy Union: five pillars and five regions - Southern Europe

As a part of a publication on energy security, Simone Tagliapietra looks at the countries of southern Europe: Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: March 30, 2017
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The EU antitrust case: no big deal for Gazprom

Earlier this week, the European Commission presented the draft compromise reached with Gazprom regarding the antitrust case launched in April. Simone Tagliapietra argues that Gazprom has no reason to break the commitments made in the draft compromise, since they are well-aligned with its own interests.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: March 15, 2017
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Trump’s Energy Policy: America First, Climate Last?

What will the new US administration mean for the fight against global warming? Climate change is not even mentioned in the ‘‘America First Energy Plan’’, and Simone Tagliapietra fears a reversal of recent positive steps.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: February 28, 2017
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