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The need for a common EU nuclear policy

Frank Umbach, of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, spoke to Interfax about the EU’s sanctions on Iran, relations with Russia and the lack of an EU-wide nuclear policy.

1 February 2012
Foreign Affairs

MEPs debate Brazil’s LNG export potential

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have opened a debate on the potential of importing LNG, oil and biofuels from Brazil to Europe following recent hydrocarbon discoveries in the South American country.

31 January 2012
Market Legislation

Council calls for rapid implementation of internal market

The European Council – seen as the most powerful of the three major EU institutions as it consists of the member states’ heads of state – on Monday called for a rapid implementation of the single market for energy in order to combat unemployment in the EU 27.

31 January 2012
Market Legislation

Regulators push for fast-track application of new network rules

European gas transmission system operators should start implementing new network rules even before EU member states have given the rules their final approval, according to key regulators.

30 January 2012
Energy Security

Member states under fire for prioritising national interest

A senior EU official has criticised member states for neglecting the chance to build a unified EU voice in energy relations with third countries to protect diverging national interests.

30 January 2012
Environmental Policy

EU environmental legislation ‘sufficient’

A European Union-commissioned study has shown that the EU has sufficient legislation to protect the environment as companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron explore for shale gas in Europe, according to a Bloomberg report on Friday.

27 January 2012
Competition Law

EC’s court action shows ambition towards 2014

The European Commission’s court action against the UK and Ireland shows that it is losing patience with member states’ reluctance to comply with EU law on gas market reforms.

27 January 2012
Foreign Affairs

Iran sanctions will have limited impact on oil prices

EU foreign ministers agreed on 23 January 2012 to ban new contracts for Iranian crude oil and petroleum products.

26 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Cautious approach promised in set-aside of ETS allowances

Danish Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard wants to discuss ways to bolster the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) with member states, but said the issue of setting aside excess emissions allowances might be something the Danish EU presidency cannot resolve during its six-month leadership of the EU Council.

26 January 2012
Upstream

EC predicts Trans-Caspian pipeline decision by June

According to Günther Oettinger, the EU's commissioner for energy, a final decision on the proposed 30 billion cubic metre per year Trans-Caspian gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Europe via the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan may be taken in June

25 January 2012
Market Legislation

Regulating Italian gas storage

In this Q&A, Cristina Barassi, a Brussels-based EU liaison officer for Italian utility Edison, discusses the progress regarding the implementation of EU policy and regulation on gas storage operations in Italy and the EU 27

24 January 2012
Environmental Policy

ETS slammed for failing to drive energy market investments

Green technology investors have long argued that a unilateral move by the EU to boost the bloc’s emissions target could help flagging carbon prices.

23 January 2012
Environmental Policy

EU calls for even distribution of emissions reduction costs

A more ambitious European Union approach to limiting climate change this decade would cost less than originally estimated, but poorer member states stand to bear more of the extra burden, according to

23 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Member states await EC’s nuclear verdict

The third and final phase of the European Commission’s nuclear stress tests is underway, and the outcome of the report could put pressure on member states to partially or fully phase out nuclear power for good.

20 January 2012
Market Legislation

EC to apply for second negotiating mandate in energy

The European Commission is expected to officially apply in February for its second international negotiating mandate in the field of energy, this time between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Baltic states) and Russia/Belarus, an unnamed EU source has told Energy Monitor.

19 January 2012
Environmental Policy

EC scrutinises Hungary’s free CO2 allocation plan

The European Commission has asked Hungary to provide additional justification for, what the EU executive sees as a very narrow interpretation of the rules on who should benefit from possible free allocation of carbon emission credits in the energy sector as of next year, according to a government paper seen by Energy Monitor.

19 January 2012
Energy Security

Storage access still limited despite stricter laws

EU law has required third party access to storage facilities on a non-discriminatory basis for years, but the failure of some member states to comply hampers market development and threatens security of supply

18 January 2012
Market Legislation

REMIT comes into force, slow progress expected

There is still much work to be done before the impact of the European Union’s Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) will be visible

17 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Energy Efficiency Directive talks take unexpected turn

The EU’s talks on the Energy Efficiency Directive have taken a U-turn. The change in direction is the result of member states and MEPs recognising the need to give countries more flexibility in choo

16 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Calls for EU to stop nuclear fall on deaf ears

The European Union appears reluctant to get in the way of new nuclear power plants despite mounting public scepticism over safety concerns and their impact on the environment

13 January 2012

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