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Time for EU energy union, says Polish PM

22.04.14 @ 10:54

The European Union must create an energy union to secure its supply and reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said. Tusk's energy blueprint, set out in an article in the Financial ...

UN report calls for 'technological change' on global warming

14.04.14 @ 09:26

International climate scientists warn the world must shift away from fossil intensive energy production amid recent proposals by the European Commission to phase out subsidies for renewables. In a report out on Sunday ( ...

Alarm over EU proposal to cut loose renewable energy firms

09.04.14 @ 19:59

European Commission proposals on Wednesday (9 April) to phase out subsidies for renewable energy producers have met with accusations of a "corporate capture" of EU policymaking. Speaking to reporters in Brussels, ...

Europe looking at alternatives to Russian gas

14.03.14 @ 20:04

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday (20-21 March) will look at ways to lower the bloc's dependence on Russian gas, as they prepare economic sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine. "The European Council ...

EU to approve €1.1bn Ukraine aid package

05.03.14 @ 09:30

The European Commission will officially agree to offer Ukraine €1.1 billion in emergency aid on Thursday (5 March), officials told EUobserver. The move amounts to a top-up of €500 million to a previous offer of €610 ...

Industry bosses demand EU action on soaring energy prices

28.02.14 @ 10:37

EU leaders must address rising energy prices and climate policies which are crippling the bloc's manufacturing sector, according to a manifesto signed by more than 100 industry bosses. One hundred and thirty seven chief ...

EU ditches plan to regulate on shale gas

22.01.14 @ 17:35

The European Commission has backed away from tabling new laws to regulate shale gas extraction, choosing to leave national governments in charge on the controversial practice. Instead, the EU executive proposed a set of ...

EU proposes 'affordable' climate targets

22.01.14 @ 15:38

The European Commission on Wednesday (22 January) proposed new greenhouse gas targets which it said would see the EU remain the global leader on climate change action, without damaging the bloc's fragile economy. Under ...

Gazprom warns EU of winter 'catastrophe'

15.11.13 @ 09:28

Gazprom has warned that Ukraine might not have enough gas to feed EU transit customers in the coming winter. The deputy chairman of the Russian firm, Vitaly Markelov, told press in an emailed statement on Thursday (14 ...

FocusBerlin citizens keen to buy their electricity grid

01.11.13 @ 19:52

People living in Berlin are heading to the polls on Sunday (3 November) in a referendum on buying back the city's electricity grid from Swedish energy giant Vattenfall. Vattenfall means "waterfall." The state-owned ...

EU lists 'key' energy projects amid criticism

14.10.13 @ 17:49

The European Commission on Monday (14 October) listed 250 "key" energy infrastructure projects eligible for quicker EU funding to the tune of €5.8 billion in the next seven years. "Our vision is that Europe should have ...

EU upbeat on 2020 carbon targets

10.10.13 @ 09:45

The EU will meet its 2020 targets to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy, according to a report by the bloc's environment agency. The report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), published ...

MEPs to back mandatory audits for shale exploration

09.10.13 @ 09:20

The European Parliament is Wednesday (9 October) set to say that all plans to explore shale gas drilling will have to undergo audits to assess their environmental impacts. The vote is part of a revision of the EU's 28- ...

FocusRhetoric and reality on EU car emissions targets

09.10.13 @ 09:20

As much as 17 percent of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions are the result of road transport, second only to the energy production in terms of emissions. This is why strengthening the rules on reducing the carbon ...

FocusWhat does the shale boom mean for transport?

04.10.13 @ 19:37

For good or ill, the shale gas revolution in the United States has turned the global energy market on its head. In a few short years, the US has gone from being a large net importer of gas to an exporter for the first ...

EU launches anti-trust case against Gazprom

04.10.13 @ 08:18

The EU has started legal action against Russian energy giant Gazprom, the bloc's competition chief said on Thursday (3 October). Speaking at an event to mark European Competition Day in Lithuanian capital Vilnius, EU ...

FocusAlternative fuels overview

11.09.13 @ 17:09

Politicians say that Europe's reliance on imported oil damages the environment and leaves car-owners at the mercy of speculators. But are there viable alternatives? In this series, EUobserver examines whether ...

AnalysisPublic opinion stands in way of EU shale gas revolution

28.08.13 @ 18:45

If the oil and gas industry thought that a US-style shale gas revolution would seamlessly find its way across the Atlantic, it has had a rude awakening. Getting public support for fracking in Europe risks descending ...

EU settles trade dispute with China, warns member states

29.07.13 @ 14:48

The EU has defended a deal with China over solar panel imports amid criticism it has caved into Bejing's demands. Karel De Gucht, EU trade commissioner, Monday (29 July) announced that an "amicable solution" had been ...

Setback for EU plan to curb Russia gas dependency

27.06.13 @ 09:18

EU plans to lower dependence on Russian gas in south-eastern member states have suffered a setback with the death of the "Nabucco" pipeline scheme. Austrian firm OMV, part of the Nabucco consortium, said on Wednesday ( ...

FocusTaking on Gazprom: Lithuania's battle for energy independence

10.06.13 @ 17:54

When it joined the EU in 2004, Lithuania was given one key task: closing down its nuclear plant in Ignalina. The Soviet-era plant used the same technology as the one that exploded in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986 causing a ...

AgendaRussia summit and Latvian euro membership top bill this WEEK

03.06.13 @ 13:00

EU leaders will travel to Yekaterinburg on the Kazakhstan border for the latest EU-Russia summit on Monday and Tuesday (3-4 June). The EU's four-person team will be led by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and ...

EU energy chief to quiz Russian counterpart on Gazprom

31.05.13 @ 17:42

EU Energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger is set to tackle his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak on Gazprom's energy pricing, EU sources confirmed Friday (31 May). Oettinger will attend next week's EU-Russia summit in ...

Brussels to draft shale gas rules by end of year

29.05.13 @ 09:52

The EU will draft rules for shale gas production by the end of 2013, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Tuesday (28 May). Speaking during a debate with MEPs, Barroso said the framework would allow ...

EU summit backs shale gas 'revolution'

22.05.13 @ 20:12

EU energy policy must shift towards diversifying supply, with natural shale gas likely to be part of the mix, EU leaders said at a summit in Brussels on Wednesday (22 May). UK Prime Minister David Cameron offered robust ...

Charity attacks EU "hypocrisy" on tax evasion

22.05.13 @ 09:29

EU leaders have been put on the defensive after development charity Oxfam accused them of turning a blind eye to €9.5 trillion hidden in European tax havens. Oxfam, which lambasted what it described as EU "hypocrisy" ...

AgendaEU leaders discuss energy and tax next WEEK

17.05.13 @ 18:36

Energy and tax policy are on next WEEK’s agenda as European leaders gather in Brussels for a summit on Wednesday (22 May). Member states want to harvest an estimated €1 trillion lost every year to tax evasion. It is ...

AnalysisCold War politics hang over EU shale gas revolution

17.05.13 @ 09:21

The shale gas revolution has taken its time to arrive in Europe. But after years of watching the US plunge head-first into natural gas exploration and of reaping the rewards, Europe's politicians are now deciding ...

Cyprus should reunite, Rehn says

08.05.13 @ 17:13

Bailed-out Cyprus should reunite in order to boost its struggling economy, EU economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn said on Wednesday (8 May). "It is worth recalling that the reunification of the island would give a ...

InvestigationGaza's gas: EU millions up in smoke

24.04.13 @ 09:45

“As you can see, I have no electricity at home at this moment,” says Yousef via Skype. “I have a fuel generator that I can use during the power cuts. If I run out of fuel, like now, I have a transformer connected to a ...

OpinionEU's flagship climate policy is sinking fast

16.04.13 @ 16:57

The Emissions Trading System (ETS) is the EU’s flagship climate policy and it is sinking fast. The stated aim is to put a price on carbon, providing a financial incentive for companies to cut their pollution and, ...

Economic crisis helping EU to fight global warming

03.04.13 @ 09:44

Carbon emissions in the EU fell by 1.4 percent in 2012, raising hope the bloc will hit its targets on global warming gasses. The European Commission released the figures on Tuesday (2 April), with data from 89 percent ...

European energy security is not up to Europe

19.03.13 @ 10:27

It is no secret that Russian dominance of European natural gas markets has splintered the Union. The imperative of having enough heat or cooking fuel in the winter has put countries – especially in central and eastern ...

Gazprom welcome to co-own Ukraine gas pipes, EU says

05.03.13 @ 09:25

The European Commission has said it would welcome joint control of Ukraine's EU-transit gas pipelines by Russian energy giant Gazprom. Energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger told Ukrainian daily Kommersant-Ukraine in an ...

LetterEnergy efficiency report based on outdated studies

16.01.13 @ 09:01

Tuesday’s EUobserver article “No benefits from EU energy projects for 150 years” seems to imply that energy efficiency projects are a waste of money. CAN Europe would rather the article focused on the real problem: the ...

EU energy projects: no benefit for 150 years

15.01.13 @ 09:23

EU energy efficiency projects in member states are too expensive and have little environmental benefit, says a new report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The study, released on Monday (14 January), found that ...

Energy quarrel, topless protest mark EU-Russia summit

21.12.12 @ 16:44

A lively disagreement on energy and a protest by four topless women marked the end of the EU-Russia summit in Brussels on Friday (21 December). In a rerun of a similar dispute between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and ...

OpinionEurope's caviar diplomacy with Azerbaijan must end

26.11.12 @ 17:40

The recent revelation that Azerbaijan has pursued a policy of bestowing gifts of caviar on parliamentarians and officials at the Council of Europe comes as no surprise to those who follow the interactions of the Council ...

Azerbaijan dangles EU gas bonanza

14.11.12 @ 20:03

Azerbaijan says it might sell up to 50 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas a year to the EU in future. But it wants more than just money in return. Rovnag Abdullayev, the head of the country's top energy firm, Socar, told ...

EU to cap biofuel target to protect food

17.10.12 @ 22:23

The EU intends to cap the contribution made by crop-based biofuels to its renewable energy target under draft legislation tabled on Wednesday (17 October) by the European Commission. The use of food-based biofuels will ...

Question marks over EU sanctions on Iran

08.10.12 @ 14:57

Greece is temporarily blocking an EU gas embargo on Iran. But the big question is: are EU sanctions hurting or helping Iranian leader Ali Khamenei? The gas ban is to be agreed by foreign ministers on Monday (15 October ...

AgendaGrowth and budgets in the spotlight this WEEK

28.09.12 @ 17:48

A European Parliament vote on the EU budget for 2013 and a multi-billion euro European Commission proposal to create more jobs dominate this week’s agenda. On Tuesday, the commission will unveil its so-called Connecting ...

MEPs' report casts doubt on EU shale revolution

20.09.12 @ 10:17

MEPs on the European Parliament's environment committee have adopted a report highlighting the dangers of shale gas. The vote on Wednesday (19 September) - by a whopping 63 against one with one abstention - sets the ...

FocusScandal around Slovak solar energy industry

13.09.12 @ 18:56

When the state-owned grid operator in Slovakia in November 2009 announced it would start accepting solar power plant applications, nobody knew about it. “The announcement was quietly placed at the bottom corner of [the ...

Putin says 'Niet' to EU anti-trust lawyers

12.09.12 @ 09:22

Russian President Vladimir Putin has passed a law blocking Gazprom from normal co-operation with EU anti-trust officials. Referring to potential EU-Gazprom exchange of information on alleged price-fixing, his new decree ...

FocusSolar energy

11.09.12 @ 13:14

Europe’s solar energy industry has been shaken by strong competition from China. EUobserver examines whether it has got what it takes to survive.

FocusEurope can be 'proud' of its solar energy policy

11.09.12 @ 12:51

Europe today may not enjoy the envy of the world as it continues to struggle with debts and deficits, but when it comes to solar energy, according to one US entrepreneur, Europe can be proud of itself. It is not by ...

FocusSolar energy in figures: Germany is king

11.09.12 @ 12:40

In one hour, the sun casts upon the earth more energy than we, the whole of humankind, consume in a year. It is a favourite of solar energy enthusiasts, as is the truism that all renewable energy sources - wind, falling ...

FocusThe growing pains of the solar industry

11.09.12 @ 12:38

On Monday 27 August, German electronics company Bosch announced it was closing a factory for solar panel materials in the central town of Erfurt. The day before, German solar panel manufacturer Q.Cells, a market leader ...

Kremlin backs its dog in EU-Gazprom fight

07.09.12 @ 09:44

The Kremlin has started putting pressure on the EU for a friendly "settlement" on Gazprom one day after the European Commission said the affair is a purely commercial matter. Speaking in an interview with the Wall ...