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31/05/2016

EU delays new Russia sanctions

Topic: oil


Global Europe 26-03-2016

Europe’s African challenge: Engage or lose influence

By European standards, last week’s elections in Congo-Brazzaville were not clean. This came as no surprise. Congo-Brazzaville has only had one genuine election, in 1992.

EU’s 2030 climate and energy objectives will be missed without biofuels

If Europe is serious about its climate commitments, and if Europe wants to reduce its dependence on imported oil, then we need to increase the amount of low-carbon biofuels in the energy mix, writes Peder Holk Nielsen.
01-03-2016

ETS reform to quadruple refiners' carbon costs, industry says

The next phase of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will nearly quadruple European refiners' carbon costs to around 23 euro cents per barrel, up from six cents now, the head of the European refiners' industry body said on Tuesday.
Sustainable Dev. 04-02-2016

Low oil prices threaten to kill off recyclers

Cheap oil is not good news for everyone. The recycling industries were among the first to suffer, and now the used oil regenerators are under threat. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Europe's East 22-01-2016

As oil prices remain low, Azerbaijan makes openings to investors, tourists

Azerbaijan, a country which has been relying too much on its important oil and gas sector, is making moves to diversify and open its economy to investors, and to bring in more tourists.
Global Europe 11-01-2016

After Ukraine, the West must encourage regional partners like Azerbaijan

If the Ukraine crisis has taught us anything, it’s that the West needs to safeguard its allies in Russia’s backyard and encourage them to implement reforms, but be more understanding of their growing pains, writes Taras Nazarenko.
Transport 25-11-2015

Two thirds of European oil refineries ready for tar sands imports

EXCLUSIVE / More than two thirds of European oil refineries are now equipped to process tar sands, research has found, raising fears the EU is ready to welcome a flood of imports of one of the most environmentally devastating fuels in production.
Europe's East 23-07-2015

Russian seizure of Georgian pipeline has dangerous implications

Taras Nazarenko urges Europe to wake up and notice Russia’s new weapon: seizing its neighbours' pipelines. 
Energy 11-06-2015

A call worth listening to from European oil majors

Six major European oil companies are seeking UN backing for a global carbon pricing framework. Policymakers should not let this opportunity go to waste, writes David Livingston.

Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal

Shell successfully lobbied to undermine European renewable energy targets ahead of a key agreement on emissions cuts reached in October last year, newly released documents reveal.
Global Europe 14-04-2015

Russia to deliver missiles to Iran, and open oil-for-goods business

Russia paved the way Monday (13 April) for missile system deliveries to Iran, and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.
Development Policy 23-03-2015

Statoil discloses its payments to governments

On 19 March, Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil disclosed the sums it paid to governments in 2014.
Europe's East 18-02-2015

Commission wants to vet member states’ energy deals

Member states’ energy deals with non-EU nations should be scrutinised by the European Commission before they are signed, according to a draft plan for the flagship Energy Union that outlines a strategy to diversify energy suppliers.
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Euro & Finance 05-02-2015

Moscovici: EU's economic forecast a little brighter

The European Commission said on Thursday that the economies of all EU Member States are expected to grow again in 2015, the first time since 2007.
Energy 11-12-2014

Germany far from giving up fossil fuels despite Energiewende

Germany’s Energiewende seeks to phase-out nuclear energy and shift to renewables by 2022, but a recent study suggests the country will still be dependent on fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas for many years. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 05-12-2014

The EU needs to stop playing hardball with Turkey

A more inclusive EU would symbolize a new era of global cooperation, validating Turkey’s record as a meaningful partner, writes Yusif Babanly.
Energy 18-11-2014

EU says Russian oil export duties break WTO rules

The European Union has told Russia that its system of oil export duties breaks World Trade Organization rules by discriminating in favour of China and against European buyers, diplomats with knowledge of the situation said on Tuesday (18 November).
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Energy 07-11-2014

Introducing the IOGP brand

On November 5th IOGP launched its new brand.
Europe's East 07-11-2014

Putin: ‘Politics prevails in the oil pricing’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the fall in global oil prices that is hurting Russia's economy was caused in part by political manipulation.
Energy 04-11-2014

Croatia to explore for oil, gas in Adriatic

Croatia has received six bids in an international tender for oil and gas exploration areas in the Adriatic, and will choose the best ones by the end of the year, Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak said yesterday (3 November).
Europe's East 31-10-2014

The EU’s unsresolved issue of the Russian embargo against Lithuania’s oil refinery

Many have correctly perceived the 8 year-old oil embargo against the Lithuanian oil refinery Orlen Lietuva as Moscow’s political vendetta against Vilnius. Nonetheless, the complete picture is more complex, writes Agnia Grigas.
Global Europe 28-10-2014

France hosts Armenia-Azerbaijan summit over Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian and Azeri leaders have agreed to pursue talks over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after resuming direct contacts at a meeting in Paris Monday (27 October), the French government said.
Development Policy 23-09-2014

France demands greater transparency from extractive industries

The French parliament has adopted the first European directive to increase transparency in the extractive industries. Producers of wood, oil, gas and minerals will now have to declare payments to the states where they operate.
Global Europe 11-09-2014

EU delays new Russia sanctions

European Union envoys failed yesterday (10 September) to reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over military involvement in the war in Ukraine and will meet for talks today, EU diplomats said.