The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, has taken a strong position against Nord Stream 2, a Gazprom-favoured project to bring additional Russian gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
A tanker loaded with US natural gas is en route to Portugal. It may not appear to be newsworthy, but it is considered a game changer, as this is the first shipment in a trade relationship that could shake up the EU market, which relies heavily on Russian pipeline gas.
Speaking to a group of journalists yesterday (19 April), Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of the Energy Union, shed light on the ongoing negotiations to reconcile the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with EU legislation.
Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by EurActiv were not unanimous in their assessment. However all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker received today (5 April) Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor of Germany who now works for Gazprom. The Commission however insisted the two met as old acquaintances.
Britain's membership of the European Union helps secure the country's energy supply from any possible threat by Vladimir Putin's Russia to restrict gas flows, energy minister Amber Rudd will say today (24 March).
Claude Turmes, a leading Member of the European Parliament for the Greens party, dropped a bombshell at a Brussels event yesterday (24 February) when he made allegations about Gazprom's tactics to push the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
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.
An agreement between Bucharest and Moscow to construct an aircraft factory and airport in Romania has been scuppered by allegations of money laundering at an international level. The architect of the deal’s chequered past has also come to light. EurActiv Romania reports.
The EU wants to examine the contracts which Gazprom has signed with European companies, amid suspicions that the Russian state energy giant has imposed unfair prices which breach the bloc's trading rules, a German newspaper reported.
A new pipeline to double Russian gas flows to Germany will only go ahead if Russia does not cut off gas flows to Ukraine and eastern Europe, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told the Polish government on 29 January.
The European Commission wants the power to review energy deals between member states and countries such as Russia before they are signed, the bloc's top energy official said on Tuesday (26 January) - a move opposed by some states reluctant to cede control to Brussels.
On a visit to Brussels, Andriy Kobolev, the CEO of Ukraine’s state oil and gas company Naftogaz, met with EU officials and talked to the press, focusing mainly on the Gazprom-sponsored Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, designed to bypass Ukraine.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the defunct project of bringing Russian gas across the Black Sea to the EU known as ‘South Stream’ should be transformed into ‘Bulgarian Stream’, with 100% Bulgarian ownership over the pipes.
EXCLUSIVE / Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s powerful competition commissioner, believes “everyone should thank the whistleblowers and investigative journalists” who uncovered the so-called ‘Luxleaks’ scandal and says she is “personally in favour” of country-by-country reporting on corporate taxation.
EXCLUSIVE / Gazprom stopped supplies to Overgas, a private Bulgarian gas distribution company in which it has a 50% stake. The surprising move prompted comments and provided insight into the broader strategies of the Russian gas monopoly in Bulgaria, and the local interests involved.
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.
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.