EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (left) and Maltese Energy Minister Joe Mizzi at the summit. (European Council) EU Energy Policy

EU member states agree 30% energy efficiency goal

EU energy ministers have agreed a more ambitious energy efficiency target in the hope of reducing Europe’s dependence on imported gas.

By Andreas Walstad 27 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

Slow progress on energy taxation reform

The incoming Danish EU presidency is facing tough discussions on energy taxation in the Council.

12 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

Slovak-Hungarian gas pipeline: a step closer to EU co-funding

European Union co-funding for a planned interconnector between the Hungarian and Slovak gas pipeline systems may finally get on track following a recent decision by state-owned electricity company MVM

12 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

The EC has limited power over intergovernmental agreements

By the first half of next year, the European Commission aims to have put into force new rules that increase transparency on energy-related, intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between member states an

9 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

Regulators team up with market against VAT fraud

European regulators, trading firms, exchanges and brokers in the energy sector have committed to make full use of the EU’s Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) to clamp dow

8 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

Commission concerned about phase-shifting plans in Central Europe

The European Commission will soon take an official line on plans by Poland and the Czech Republic to install so-called phase-shifting transformers (PSTs) on their power grids in order to block volatil

8 December 2011
The European Commission proposed a review of MiFID 2 which stirred a heated debate in a parliamentary committe meeting this week. (Wikicommons) EU Energy Policy

Energy sector ups pressure for MiFID exemption

The European Commission’s proposal for stricter regulation to combat speculative trading in derivatives markets stirred a heated debate in a parliamentary committee meeting this week

7 December 2011
The proposed route of the South Stream pipeline. (Interfax) EU Energy Policy

South Stream will not escape EU law

Gazprom’s South Stream project is not expected to be exempt from the provisions under the European Commission’s Third Energy Package as was the case with the Nord Stream and Opal pipelines.

6 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

Oettinger gives up primacy of Nabucco

In a closed meeting with ministers of Southern Gas Corridor countries on Thursday, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger asked the ministers to unanimously support whichever of the competing Europ

5 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

Hungarian MEP links ratification of Croatia’s EU membership to resolution of INA dispute

Hungary’s government should consider tying the ratification of Croatia’s EU accession treaty to resolving a dispute over management rights in Industrija Nafte (INA), Croatia’s biggest utility, t

5 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

REMIT throws a lifeline to non-transparent gas markets

Stricter regulation to combat price manipulation in European gas and power markets would not have been tabled if wholesale markets were trustworthy and functioning as they should

2 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC’s internal market vision stirs debate

The European Commission’s goal of creating an internal, integrated market for gas and electricity by 2014 was the hot topic at a conference in Rome this week, with several stakeholders questioni

2 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

Energy-related research to benefit from R&D framework overhaul

Investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart energy networks will benefit from the European Commission’s plans to streamline the policy instruments related to research and innovation in the period 2014-2020.

1 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

More infrastructure needed for market liquidity

Europe needs to build more cross-border infrastructure for power and gas in order to create liquid wholesale markets that will eventually benefit end-users, a senior representative for the European Commission said in Rome on Wednesday.

30 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Energy companies may not escape MiFID 2

Energy companies will not necessarily be exempt from rules on position limits suggested under the European Commission’s second proposal for the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), as they could pose systemic risk to the sector, a senior representative for the European Commission told Interfax on Tuesday.

30 November 2011
Representatives of the European Commission see progress in transposing the EU’s Third Energy Package into national law. (PA) EU Energy Policy

EC likely to withdraw infringement cases

Representatives of the European Commission see progress in transposing the EU’s Third Energy Package into national law at a gas infrastructure conference in Rome on Tuesday.

29 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Energy ministers hold first debate on infrastructure package

The European Infrastructure Package proposed by the European Commission is a good starting point to speed up the creation of pan-European energy corridors, EU energy ministers agreed on Thursday.

28 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Entso-E warns of supply risks this winter

European power markets will face a risk to security of supply if severe weather conditions occur this winter, following the shutdown of eight nuclear reactors in Germany, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-E) warned on Thursday.

28 November 2011
The European Commission is putting pressure on Russia to accept the Third Energy Package. (PA) EU Energy Policy

EC keeps pressure on Russia to accept Third Energy Package

Russia’s apparent failure to comply with EU law on third party access to pipelines and separation of supply and transmission businesses is infuriating the Commission which says it will keep pressuri

28 November 2011
The European Commission has referred Bulgaria and Romania to the European Court of Justice over market failures. (PA) EU Energy Policy

EC takes Bulgaria, Romania to court over market failures

The European Commission has decided to refer Bulgaria and Romania to the European Court of Justice, as the two countries have failed to implement EU legislations on market transparency and third party

25 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Ministers concerned about financial impact of proposed energy efficiency measures

The presidency will today present a progress report to energy ministers on talks over the draft energy-efficiency directive proposed by the Commission in June.

24 November 2011

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