This public seminar will gather experts, policy makers, industry and employee stakeholders in order to discuss the impact of Europe's energy dependency on the EU and the Member State and the shaping of the EU's external energy relations from a civil society perspective. The EESC has called for increased progress towards a common EU foreign energy policy, notably in reference to security of supply and the fostering of strategic relations with non-EU countries. It welcomes the recent Commission proposal for an information exchange mechanism in the field of external energy agreements. However many challenges remain, including national vs. European attitudes. This seminar is part of the activities of the EESC and the European think tank "Notre Europe" to promote a European Energy Community, the policy initiative meant at a deeper Europeanisation of energy policy and a stronger involvement of civil society in energy governance.