A public hearing on the revised EU Gas Directive in ITRE. Competition Law

EU debate on gas pipeline directive heats up

The debate on whether to extend the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines coming from third countries such as Russia has intensified.

By Andreas Walstad 23 February 2018
Environmental Policy

Free CO2 credits to finance Hungary-Slovak pipeline

Hungarian state-owned electricity company MVM stands to benefit from possible free allocation of EU carbon emission credits (EUAs) during the next phase of the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) sta

12 January 2012
Energy Security

Import dependence pressures EU to find alternatives

Reducing dependency on gas imports will be a key issue for the European Union this year as concerns over Gazprom's dominant market share are increasing.

10 January 2012
Country Profiles

Austria and Hungary: Europe’s energy hubs

Austria and Hungary: Europe’s energy hubs

5 January 2012
Foreign Affairs

Challenges ahead for the Energy Community

Interfax asked the chairman of the Energy Community, Slavtcho Neykov, about the challenges ahead for improving competition and security of gas supply in non-EU countries.

4 January 2012
Market Legislation

EU enters key year for internal energy market

A string of new EU regulations that will affect the gas industry are likely to come into effect in 2012, potentially making it a key year in the creation of an internal energy market for Europe.

3 January 2012
Environmental Policy

No easy agreement in sight on Energy Efficiency Directive

The incoming Danish Presidency of the EU Council will have a hard time trying to hammer out a compromise between the member states and the European Parliament on the draft Energy Efficiency Directive.

22 December 2011
Environmental Policy

Danish presidency to prioritise energy efficiency

The press room in the European Council’s Justus Lipsius building was only half-full when Danish ministers outlined the energy and climate goals for EU countries on Monday, but the message was nevert

21 December 2011
Energy Security

EU ups pressure on Ukraine over security of supply

Ukraine is the world’s biggest transit country of natural gas, with 100-120 billion cubic metres flowing through its cross-border interconnectors to EU countries every year.

20 December 2011
Environmental Policy

New push from industry for ETS recalibration

The European Union should bolster its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to help the price of carbon emissions recover from a persistent low and encourage investment in green technologies, a group of lead

19 December 2011
Foreign Affairs

EU-Russia summit ends without energy deal

Russian leaders gave no firm commitments to comply with the EU’s regulatory framework for gas markets at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.

16 December 2011
Environmental Policy

Oil-indexation must give way for gas to stay competitive

The EU and supplier countries such as Russia need to move away from oil-indexation in long-term gas supply contracts for gas to keep its competitive advantages as a fuel for power generation, the European Commission said in a proposal published on Thursday.

16 December 2011
Environmental Policy

No future for gas to power without CCS - Oettinger

Gas-fired power generation will not have a long-term future in Europe unless carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is developed on a commercial scale, according to the EU’s Commissioner for En

15 December 2011
Market Legislation

EU countries reject special treatment for Russian energy firms

EU member states will not create a separate legal regime for Russian energy companies operating in the EU market, according to a draft document seen by Energy Monitor.

15 December 2011
Foreign Affairs

Energy to take centre stage at EU-Russia summit

Energy policy will be high on the agenda during the EU-Russia summit on Thursday, but it appears unlikely that Russian leaders will make any firm commitments to EU legislation on gas markets.

14 December 2011
Market Legislation

European market in transition to hub-based environment – E.On Ruhrgas chairman

Interfax met Klaus Schäfer at the World Petroleum Congress, chairman of the board of directors of E.On Ruhrgas, to discuss the challenges facing the Dusseldorf-based company and his views on the European gas market

13 December 2011
Environmental Policy

Durban deal boosts EU’s powers, but questions remain

Last week’s global agreement on emissions reductions in Durban is proof that the European Union has the power to act as a negotiator on the global stage, but the deal raises as many questions as ans

13 December 2011
Foreign Affairs

EU summit endorses more sanctions on Iran

EU leaders raised the possibility on Friday for more sanctions against Iran by the end of January, in a bid to increase pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.

12 December 2011
Environmental 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
Investment & Finance

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
Foreign Affairs

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

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