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Energy 24-11-2017

‘We are the Energiewende’: German villages go 100% renewable

Local communities are at the forefront of the clean energy transition in Germany, with some villages relying 100% on renewables. EURACTIV Slovakia spoke to mayors there.

Electric cars 17-11-2017

Slovakia dragging its feet on EU clean mobility plan

While the European Commission is pushing to accelerate the deployment of low-emission vehicles, Slovakia – a little-known automotive ‘superpower’ in Europe – continues to drive in the slow lane, EURACTIV.sk reports.

Electricity 07-11-2017

Germany struggles with coal phase-out as COP23 kicks off in Bonn

Germany's Neurath coal power plant ranks second in the EU in terms of both installed capacity and CO2 emissions. The newest units of the lignite-powered facility are expected to operate until 2055, illustrating the difficulty of phasing out coal power entirely. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Electricity 26-10-2017

Nuclear agency chief: Small reactors ‘might be a game-changer’ for Europe

The political climate for nuclear energy is "not very positive" in Europe, admits William D. Magwood, and the industry is currently shifting towards Russia and Asia as a result. But the emergence of small modular reactors (SMR) built in factories might slow down the process, he argues.

Electricity 17-10-2017

Estonian minister: ‘Nobody is objecting’ to CO2 limit on power plant subsidies

The European Commission’s proposal for a CO2 limit on power plant subsidies is supported by the Council of Ministers, insists Ando Leppiman. But now the issue is more how it can be managed, he told EURACTIV.sk.

Energy 29-09-2017

Energy analyst: Russian proposals to use Ukrainian pipelines a ‘joke’

If Russia’s gas supply to Europe is to remain reliable, the Ukrainian system must run parallel to Nord Stream 2, Oleksandr Sukhodolia told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Future EU 29-08-2017

Nathalie Loiseau: France has ignored Eastern Europe for too long

France is looking east to launch a reform of the EU and is seeking Central Europe’s support on defence, migration, trade and posted workers briefs. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Electricity 22-06-2017

Grid operators boss: We are trying to align physics and markets

Security of electricity supply should remain a national responsibility although regional coordination can help provide backup in case of need and avoid overcapacity, according to Laurent Schmitt, the Secretary General of ENTSO-E, in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.

Energy 07-06-2017

Hungarian official defends Paks II: We didn’t have many choices

The Commission’s Clean Energy proposal will lead to a price increase for households, Andrea Beatrix Kádár of the Hungarian Ministry of Development told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Digital 11-05-2017

Smart city mayor: Digitalisation contributes to equality

When Nokia lost the smartphone race against Apple, its key R&D centre in Oulu, a high-tech city of 250,000 in northern Finland, weathered mass layoffs. Nokia has since rebounded and returned jobs to the area. Mayor Päivi Laajala told EURACTIV Slovakia about its recovery.

Politics 03-05-2017

French researcher: Hollande could have been much ‘more proactive’

A failure on domestic issues, but a success on security. Or at least more so. As the second and final round of the French presidential elections is about to take place, Christian Lequesne spoke to EURACTIV Slovakia about François Hollande's legacy.

Eurogas chief: Gas can be renewable energy, too

The mobility sector will be a mix of electric- and gas-fuelled vehicles, Eurogas President Klaus Schäfer told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Energy 04-04-2017

Poland to lead battle against Commission-Gazprom entente

Poland is spearheading criticism of the Commission's proposed “entente” that would end a five-year antitrust case against Gazprom for abusing its dominant position in eight countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Politics 30-03-2017

Moravcsik interview, part II: Brexit is a ‘PR exercise’

Brexit is not what Britain’s politicians say it is, Princeton University’s Andrew Moravcsik told EURACTIV Slovakia. It’s more akin to a half-truth, disguising business-as-usual.

Brexit 29-03-2017

Moravcsik interview, part I: Britain is the exception to the rule

Brexit was an extremely unlikely occurrence, Princeton’s Andrew Moravcsik told EURACTIV Slovakia.

IRENA director: Major investment in gas power plants is not advisable

In the short term, gas is useful. But in the long run, it will not be prominent, the International Renewable Energy Agency's Henning Wuester told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Energy analyst: Nord Stream 2 should be decided by European Court of Justice

In the past, European legislation was applied to pipelines coming to EU territory from the outside. This may apply to Nord Stream 2 as well, energy analyst Sijbren de Jong told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Electricity 16-03-2017

V4 energy security: The land of nuclear and coal

Visegrád countries are seeking ways to ensure energy security while delivering on their climate commitments. Nuclear is seen as the ideal solution by some, with natural gas playing a limited role. EURACTIV's Central European partners report.

Electricity 08-03-2017

Energy analyst: New nuclear reactors will heavily increase Hungary’s debt

Hungary does not care about the requirements imposed by the European Commission on Paks II, energy analyst András Deák told EURACTIV Slovakia. András Deák is a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Deák spoke with EURACTIV.sk’s Pavol Szalai. Hungarian MEP Benedek Jávor (Greens) told me that …

Competition 08-02-2017

Steel chief: Brexit may help defend the EU from dumping

For every tonne of steel that we reduce from our production capacity, we find five imported tonnes at our border, Axel Eggert, the director general of the European Steel Association (EUROFER) told Euractiv Slovakia.

Energy 20-01-2017

Low-carbon economy expert: ‘We must not accommodate Trump’

Germany is a rich country that can afford to pay off coal workers and invest millions of euros in the affected regions, E3G’s Sabrina Schulz told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Norwegian waste expert: Germany should lead, not slow down progress

The proposed 2030 waste targets are ambitious, but achievable, EURACTIV Slovakia learned from Henrik Lystad, deputy director of the Norwegian Association of Waste Management and chair of the European Compost Network.

Energy 12-12-2016

Fischer: Gas can flow via Nord Stream 2

Western companies should participate in managing the Ukrainian gas transit system, German Energy Envoy Peter Fischer told EURACTIV Slovakia at the SET Plan – Central European Energy Conference X in Bratislava.

Energy 18-11-2016

Nuclear lobby boss: Winning back public opinion in Europe? An easy challenge

The best thing to do to win back public opinion in Europe and globally is to build reactors on time and on budget, Jean-Paul Poncelet told EURACTIV.sk at the European Nuclear Energy Forum in Bratislava.