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  • MEPs back EU plans to dismantle energy behemoths

    News | Energy 07-05-2008

    A Franco-German alternative to the Commission's electricity market liberalisation proposal was rejected by a narrow margin yesterday (6 May) during a key vote in Parliament's Industry Committee. MEPs also voted against a Commission substitute plan to put in place a strict regulatory regime policed by an Independent System Operator (ISO).

  • Interview: Energy giants set to win delay on ‘unbundling’

    News | Energy 06-05-2008

    A compromise deal is taking shape in Brussels that could see France and Germany win a six-year delay in opening their energy markets to full competition, according to Alejo Vidal-Quadras, one of the leading MEPs on the dossier.

  • Vidal Quadras: ‘National’ aspect to dictate EU energy vote

    Interview | Energy 06-05-2008

    A compromise deal is taking shape in Brussels that could see France and Germany win a six-year delay in opening their energy markets to full competition, according to Alejo Vidal-Quadras, one of the leading MEPs on the dossier.

  • Interview: French grid chief denounces EU ‘ideology’

    News | Energy 06-03-2008

    Dominique Maillard, head of the French electricity network operator RTE, explains why he believes splitting up energy firms is unnecessary in France. He spoke to EURACTIV.fr just days after German energy giant E.ON stunned Europe by offering to sell off its electricity transmission network.

  • French grid chief denounces EU ‘ideology’

    Interview | Energy 06-03-2008

    Dominique Maillard, head of the French electricity network operator RTE, explains why he believes splitting up energy firms is unnecessary in France. He spoke to EURACTIV.fr just days after German energy giant E.ON stunned Europe by offering to sell off its electricity transmission network.

  • Energy ministers agree to disagree on liberalisation

    News | Energy 29-02-2008

    Energy ministers from the 27 EU member states held a "lively discussion" on the Commission's controversial proposal to split up energy firms, agreeing only to send the matter back to diplomats in view of a deal in June.

  • E.ON surprise grid offer bolsters EU liberalisation hopes

    News | Energy 29-02-2008

    The European Commission has won an important victory in its crusade against former energy monopolies when German energy giant E.ON offered to sell-off its high voltage electricity grid to settle ongoing EU antitrust inquiries.

  • Commission rebuffs Franco-German energy proposals

    News | Energy 15-02-2008

    In an unofficial paper, the Commission condemns an alternative proposal on energy liberalisation for not going far enough to ensure energy firms keep their supply and production activities separate from network operations (so-called 'ownership unbundling').

  • Eight EU states oppose unbundling, table ‘third way’

    News | Energy 01-02-2008

    France, Germany and six other member states have submitted proposals outlining a 'third option' for energy liberalisation. The full document, seen by EURACTIV, argues that the Commission's proposals to unbundle vertically-integrated energy firms will not achieve their desired effect in terms of more grid investments and lower energy prices.

  • Towards a ‘European energy community’

    Opinion | Energy 30-11-2007

    EU plans to build an 'energy community' to deal with the challenge of climate change, security of supply and competitiveness are "as full of risks as […] hopes" given the "violent conflicts of interest and prejudices" involved, according to Philippe Herzog, president of French think tank Confrontations Europe.

  • ‘Third option’ mooted on energy liberalisation

    News | Energy 27-11-2007

    The Commission and the Portuguese Presidency have asked EU countries opposed to proposals on 'ownership unbundling' in the electricity and gas sector to come up with detailed alternatives, as energy ministers prepare for a potentially tense meeting on 3 December.

  • ‘Impressive’ energy cartel uncovered in Germany

    News | Competition 05-11-2007

    The German cartel office has compiled considerable evidence of price fixing and anti-competitive behaviour by Germany's four main electricity and gas suppliers, according to information obtained by the Spiegel.