Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program for the 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference Program Overview Panel: Governance and Politics of Small States Author(s) Javad Keypour Tallinn University of Technology Tallinn Estonia Title The delicacy of meeting climate goals in the EU small states: an energy security-oriented perspective File Paper files are available only for conference participants, please login first. Presenter(s) Javad Keypour Abstract According to the EU Green Deal, the European Union (EU) has sought to be climate-neutral by 2050. Since the EU is a net energy importer, achieving such a goal needs to be planned considering the EU’s energy security concerns and under the spirit of solidarity principle. Nevertheless, these concerns are mainly framed to suit the larger states’ aspirations rather than the small ones allegedly. In the same vein, recent studies have highlighted the energy orientations of major EU powers. However, the current research objective is to make recommendations for solidifying the EU’s energy and climate policies by providing an overview of small states’ energy security outlines on achieving the defined climate goals. To this mean, the study defines nine EU small states based upon an aggregated index comprising energy-relevant indicators. Then, the impact of the size factor on smaller states’ energy security is proven, applying a quantitative method. This could mean that energy security-wise, the small states are more vulnerable to the transition era policies than the others. Given that the main energy policy outlines of the Union are under review, especially the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation and the Gas Directive, regional integration of energy infrastructures and markets is proposed for safeguarding small states’ energy security within these revising rules.