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24/05/2016

Ukraine should prioritise energy efficiency

Topic: LNG


Energy 24-05-2016

EU and Algiers look forward to more gas business

Officials from Algeria, the European Union and energy firms meet in Algiers today (24 May) in an attempt to get their energy cooperation back on track and find ways to pump more gas north again after years of dwindling exports.
Energy 18-05-2016

MEPs recognised the Nord Stream threat - the rest of the EU should follow

The European Parliament stood up to its role as the democratic conscience of the European Union by saying loud and clear that the Nord Stream 2 project must be stopped, writes Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.
Energy 22-04-2016

American LNG declares price war on pipeline gas in Europe

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.
Global Europe 14-04-2016

Commission embarks on business trip to Tehran, despite renewed sanctions

Eight European Commissioners will make a landmark visit to Iran on 16 April, an announcement which comes on the same week that member states extended a raft of targeted sanctions against the country for its poor human rights record.
Energy 31-03-2016

Senior Obama official: Nord Stream 2 and Brexit may weaken EU energy security

EXCLUSIVE / The controversial Russian-German pipeline project Nord Stream 2 will weaken the European Union's energy security, and Brexit would set back the shared interests of the USA, UK and EU, a senior official in the Obama administration has warned.
Energy 24-02-2016

Nord Stream 2 will kill EU’s LNG strategy, warns US ambassador

The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline will wreck the EU’s Energy Union strategy and kill off its plans to boost Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the bloc, a veteran US ambassador has warned.

Commission gives 'green light' to fracked gas imports

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s plan to boost imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the EU has raised fears that it will encourage climate-warming fracking in countries such as the United States.
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.
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.
Europe's East 04-12-2015

EU leaders to clash over Nord Stream 2 at summit

EXCLUSIVE / The issue of Nord Stream 2 will be discussed at the 17-18 December EU summit, but the exchange is unlikely to go very far because the countries opposing the project use legal arguments which are not widely accepted, analysts told EurActiv.
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.
Europe's East 15-10-2015

Polish-Lithuanian gas pipe to end Baltic energy isolation

A grant agreement to finance the first gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania was signed today (15 October), in what European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said mrked the official end of the Baltic region's energy isolation.
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.
Med & South 31-08-2015

Eni announces discovery of huge gas field off Egypt’s coast

Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast.
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.
Energy 06-03-2015

Bulgaria lacks political will to build interconnectors, says Commission

A Commission official said and repeated during a public event yesterday (5 March) that Bulgaria, which is almost 100% reliant on Russian gas, lacks the political will to build interconnectors with its neighbours and decrease its dependence.
Europe's East 12-12-2014

Cancellation of South Stream makes economic sense

On December 1, 2014 Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would abandon construction of an ambitious $40 billion project - the South Stream gas pipeline. Hedvika Ko?ousková and Martin Jirušek comment on the wider context of this decision.
Europe's East 10-12-2014

South Stream demise leads Croatia to revive gas terminal project

Spurred by the demise of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline project, Croatia has revived a decade-old idea of building a liquefied natural gas import terminal at the deepwater oil port of Omisalj, on the island of Krk.
Energy 05-12-2014

Juncker says South Stream pipeline can still be built

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the €32 billion South Stream natural gas pipeline can still go ahead, and accused Russia of holding EU-member Bulgaria for ransom when it said it had abandoned the project. 
Energy 24-11-2014

Lithuania has become the EU’s good pupil in energy policy, but…

With the launch of the 'Independence’ energy project, Lithuania’s long-and-hard-fought striving for energy diversity and security has definitely seen a big boost, writes Linas Jegelevi?ius.
Europe's East 24-11-2014

Ukraine should prioritise energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption should be the key priority of Ukraine's energy policy. The country’s energy-saving potential could be as much as 50% of its current energy consumption, writes Danila Bochkarev.