The unstable Middle East and North Africa will play "a critical role" in meeting the 50% surge in global energy demand expected by 2030. But just how much oil and gas can these countries export, asks the IEA.
A seminar organised by EURACTIV in the European Parliament on 30 June has taken a look at the energy situation of the ten countries that joined the EU on 1 May 2004. EURACTIV provides an overview of a complex situation.
After long and difficult negotiations, the six parties to the international negotiations on the ITER nuclear fusion research project have decided that ITER should be located at the site proposed by the EU - Cadarache in southern France.
The Commission proposes to more than double the current EU research budget to an average of 9.6 billion euros a year (67 billion in 7 years) instead of the current yearly average of 3.8 billion euros. The big budget is in line with the expected key contribution the FP7 is designed to make to the relaunched Lisbon strategy.
A European Parliament report on the future of European research
says that the member states should regard the doubling of
the funding for Community R&D "as a minimum not be
questioned during the negotiations on the financial
To fight climate change, the EU must increase the share of
renewables, improve energy efficiency, invest in new technologies
and keep the nuclear option open, said Commissioner De Palacio at
an energy outlook conference.
On 17 July, the Commission published a proposal for energy cooperation with developing countries. It has been strongly criticised by NGOs and other stakeholders for acknowledging nuclear power as an alternative energy source for developing countries.
On 26 June, the Commission published a final report on the Green Paper on the security of energy supply. It concludes that the EU needs a more coordinated approach to energy policy, and a stronger diversification of energy sources.
On 26 June, the Commission is expected to take a decision on the final report on the Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply. Critical voices are being raised against the report, which is said to strongly favour nuclear energy.
With 107 votes in favour and 92 against, the Finnish Parliament has given the green light for the building of a new nuclear power plant. The vote could rekindle the debate on the use of nuclear power in the energy mix in several other EU countries.
On 23 April 2002, Commissioner de Palacio announced her intention to propose common EU safety standards for nuclear power plants. This is an area where no community rules exist up to now, mainly due to strong national interests in the nuclear industry.
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