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Europe's East 11-02-2016

Sefcovic: Nord Stream is not in conformity with the Energy Union's goals

The European Commission so far is only aware of general information about the project, and is therefore unable to make conclusive decisions, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Transport 04-02-2016

EU countries must power neighbours during shortages, under new rules

European Union countries will be obliged to help power households and social services such as healthcare in neighbouring member states in case of severe shortages, under legislation to be put forward by the European Commission next week.
Global Europe 15-01-2016

The EU and Turkey: Tactical moves, or a golden opportunity?

Confronted by so many internal headaches, the European Union has ruled out enlargement until the end of the decade. The recent decision to revive stalled membership negotiations with Turkey is therefore curious, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
Energy 18-12-2015

Tusk joins ‘Visegrad Four’ in attack on Nord Stream 2

The ‘Visegrad Four’ countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) found a powerful ally at the EU summit which ended today (18 December) in the person of Council President Donald Tusk, who repeated most of their arguments against the Germany-favoured project.
Europe's East 15-12-2015

Gazprom falters

Gazprom's Russian rivals will use the company's financial difficulties as an opportunity to break the giant's hold on the Russian natural gas sector, writes Stratfor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.
Energy 11-12-2015

Poland receives first LNG delivery from Qatar

Poland is finishing preparations for liquefied natural gas deliveries which should go into fully commercial regime next year. EurActiv Czech Republic reports.
Energy 11-12-2015

Bulgaria and Greece start building gas interconnector

Sofia and Athens yesterday (10 December) signed a final investment agreement to build a natural gas pipeline to help Bulgaria reduce its almost complete reliance on Russian gas supplies.
Central Europe 02-12-2015

Sefcovic: The Commission will respond to Nord Stream's critics

Seven EU countries wrote to the European Commission, asking for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to be stopped. The entire College of Commissioners will prepare the response, Maroš Šef?ovi?, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Energy 30-11-2015

Role of gas in EU energy policy must be recognised

Norway has the resources needed to remain a major, reliable and long-term supplier of gas to Europe for many decades to come. But the industry needs clear signals from the market to choose a pipeline connection to Europe, writes Tord Lien.
Agriculture & Food 18-11-2015

Commission outlines Energy Union legislative path

Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? unveiled the executive's plans for laying the foundations of the Energy Union, until the end of its term in 2019.
Sustainable Dev. 17-11-2015

Why the EU must ditch gas in favour of efficiency and renewables

Gas should play no part in the EU’s energy transition: policy makers must see through the industry’s lobbying and invest in renewables and energy efficiency, argues Brook Riley.
Europe's East 12-11-2015

Poland wants EU to ban Nord Stream 2

Poland wants the European Union to ban the construction of a second pipeline to pump Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, alleging it undermines the bloc's strategic interests and violates competition rules.
Energy 05-11-2015

Germany-favoured Nord Stream-2 risks strangling Ukraine, US says

A proposed pipeline to boost Russian gas supplies to Germany risks depriving Ukraine of more than $2 billion in transit fees, and runs counter to the EU's goal of reducing its energy reliance on Russia, a US official said today (5 November).
Energy 14-10-2015

Norway sees 'political risk' over future European gas demand

Norway, the European Union's second largest gas supplier after Russia, has told the bloc it lacked a clear strategy on gas and was therefore cooling willingness to invest in new fields and pipelines, documents published on Tuesday (13 October) showed.
Energy 10-09-2015

Slovak PM calls Nord Stream expansion deal ‘a betrayal’

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said today (10 September) that a deal between Russia's Gazprom and its European partners to expand the Nord Stream gas pipeline was a "betrayal" that would cost Ukraine and Slovakia a combined billions of euros.
Energy 09-09-2015

Duda slams Russia's second Baltic gas pipeline to Germany

Poland's conservative president yesterday (8 September) slammed a deal between Russian energy giant Gazprom, and several leading Western firms, to build a second gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, saying it ignores Polish interests.
Energy 07-09-2015

European pipeline politics need US support

The EU’s external energy security is in Washington’s longterm interest, especially at the time of renewed rivalry between the West and Moscow, writes Jaros?aw Wi?niewski .
Europe's East 31-08-2015

Bulgaria offers Azerbaijan ‘a package’ of energy projects

The Bulgarian government has proposed a package of energy cooperation projects to Azerbaijan. It remains unclear if the massive deal is part of a swap of property linked to a plan to divest 17% of Azerbaijan’s shares of Greek gas operator DEFSA to a third country.
Energy 06-08-2015

Europe’s thorny Energy Diplomacy

It is neither acceptable nor possible for European countries to achieve energy security on the back of a fossil fuel strategy that will undermine democracy, human rights, and climate security, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
Energy 27-07-2015

Energy Union must not focus solely on climate

There will be a price to pay for the continuing focus on fighting climate change at the expense of ensuring the EU's industrial competitiveness, writes Marek Gróbarczyk. 
Energy 03-07-2015

Russia’s gas pipeline strategy and Europe’s alternatives

Europe depends heavily on Russian gas, but Gazprom’s plan to stop using Ukrainian pipelines will require a new EU strategy, writes Chi-Kong Chyong.
Trade & Society 04-06-2015

Europe’s LNG imports set to double by 2020, IEA says

Europe is set to become a major importer for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as markets prepare for a flood of new supplies coming from Australia and the US, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Gas Market Report.
Trade & Society 02-06-2015

EU plans major offensive to diversify gas supplies

The European Commission is preparing a ‘diplomatic energy action plan’ to diversify the EU’s natural gas supply sources, with plans for tapping Algeria’s huge unexploited reserves, and a comprehensive LNG strategy due next year.
Europe's East 26-05-2015

SOCAR: It is impossible to stop the Southern Gas Corridor

To imagine that a project like Turkish Stream could ruin the Southern Gas Corridor is complete nonsense. Unlike the Gazprom project, the Southern Gas Corridor is about billions of dollars already being invested, Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy Vice President of SOCAR told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.