About: energy charter

Energy 03-09-2021

Energy Charter Treaty cannot be used in intra-EU disputes, rules top court

An international treaty used by polluting energy companies to claim compensation from governments who thwart their investments was ruled incompatible with EU law by the Court of Justice of the European Union on Thursday (2 September).
Energy 20-04-2021

Energy Charter Treaty strikes again as Uniper sues Netherlands over coal phase-out

The energy company, Uniper, intends to file a claim against the Dutch government over its coal phase-out – the second case this year against the plan under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Climate change 29-03-2021

Energy charter leadership contest down to two-horse race

The leadership contest at the Brussels-based Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat appears to be down to two candidates, the current secretary-general, Slovakia's Urban Rusnák, and Guy Lentz from Luxembourg, EURACTIV has learned from sources familiar with the situation.
Energy 18-02-2021

EU pushes for fossil fuel phase-out in ‘last chance’ energy charter treaty talks

The European Union's executive will push for a 10-year phase-out of fossil fuel protection under the energy charter treaty (ECT), following calls from some EU countries to quit the accord unless it can be aligned with Europe's climate goals.
Energy 10-02-2021

Luxembourg backtracks on Energy Charter Treaty withdrawal

Claude Turmes, the Grand Duchy’s energy minister who used to be at the forefront of calls to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, has backtracked on his earlier statements, saying the EU should first redouble efforts to reform the beleaguered post Soviet-era charter.
Energy 05-02-2021

Germany’s RWE uses Energy Charter Treaty to challenge Dutch coal phase-out

German energy giant RWE has used the Energy Charter Treaty to claim compensation from the Netherlands over its planned phase-out of coal from the country’s electricity mix by 2030.
Energy 03-02-2021

France puts EU withdrawal from Energy Charter Treaty on the table

The European Union and its member states should draw the consequences of the current stalemate in multilateral talks aimed at reforming the Energy Charter Treaty and consider a coordinated withdrawal, Paris has said in a letter seen by EURACTIV.
Energy 16-12-2020

Energy Charter Treaty reform reaches milestone, with little progress to show

A two-day conference of the 54 parties to the Energy Charter Treaty, opening on Wednesday (16 December), will attempt to move forward in reforming the little-known charter, decried by environmentalists for protecting fossil fuel investments and blocking international efforts to curb global warming.
Central Asia 18-11-2020

EU, Central Asia touch base virtually in turbulent times

EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen held a teleconference on Tuesday (17 November) with ministers from the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, with which the EU is trying to forge closer relations.
Energy 08-09-2020

‘Obsolete’ Energy Charter Treaty must be reformed or ditched, lawmakers say

The 1991 Energy Charter Treaty must be profoundly overhauled in order to remove all “obsolete” provisions protecting fossil fuel investments and hindering climate action, lawmakers from across Europe said on Tuesday (8 September).
Energy 22-05-2020

‘Not appropriate’: Uniper seeks compensation for Dutch coal phase-out

Uniper is threatening to sue the Dutch government over a plan to phase out coal power by 2030, in a case experts warn could have a chilling effect on climate ambition internationally. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Energy 30-04-2020

EU plans to reform Energy Charter Treaty falling short, activists say

An updated European Commission proposal to reform the Energy Charter Treaty is falling short of what’s needed to reinstate governments’ “right to regulate” in areas like climate change, activists say.
Energy 26-09-2019

Nord Stream 2 seeks arbitration in dispute with EU Commission

The Russian-owned Nord Stream 2 pipeline consortium filed a notice on Thursday (26 September), asking a tribunal of private arbiters to determine whether the European Union is in breach of its obligations under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).
Energy 04-09-2019

Luxembourg leads EU push to climate-proof Energy Charter Treaty

Luxembourg will push for a deep reform of the Energy Charter Treaty at EU level in order to align it with global climate objectives, said the country’s energy minister Claude Turmes, who did not rule out scrapping the treaty altogether if reform talks don’t progress fast enough.
Energy 16-07-2019

EU asserts ‘right to regulate’ as part of energy charter treaty reform

EU member states gave the European Commission a mandate yesterday (15 July) to revise the Energy Charter Treaty, saying the legally-binding charter must reinstate Europe’s “right to regulate” in areas like climate change and workers’ rights.
Energy 07-06-2019

Leaked report reveals ‘misfunctioning’ of Energy Charter Treaty amid EU reform calls

A confidential internal report, obtained by EURACTIV, lists the multiple failings of the Energy Charter secretariat, at a time when the treaty is undergoing a major revision process and is being used by Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline in a first-time legal proceeding against the EU.