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  • French energy regulator: ‘Commission cannot be judge and party’

    Interview | Energy 09-10-2007

    Commenting on the European Commission's third energy package, Philippe de Ladoucette, president of the 'Commission de régulation de l'énergie', the French energy regulator, says that he is in favour of an EU agency for cooperation between European energy regulators. He spoke to EURACTIV France in an interview.

  • Collective power: towards an EU-wide support scheme for renewable energy

    Opinion | Energy 24-09-2007

    EU support for renewable energy currently "suffers from fragmented, uncoordinated national policies", writes Sheldon Welton for the think tank Notre Europe.

  • ‘Russia cannot do without European energy market’

    Interview | Energy 04-09-2007

    Following the failure of the May EU Summit in Samara, the Kremlin's withdrawal from the CFE Treaty suggests a further deterioration in dialogue between the EU and Russia. In an interview with EURACTIV France, Thomas Gomart, Russian programme director for the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), reconsiders the possibility of a new energy relationship.

  • Commission set for climb-down on ‘ownership unbundling’

    News | Energy 03-09-2007

    A proposal to further liberalise the EU's energy market, due on 19 September, is to present member states with alternative options to full 'ownership unbundling' in an effort to ward off a veto threat from nine countries led by Germany and France, EU officials have told EURACTIV.

  • Interview: Renewables becoming EU’s ‘most dynamic’ industries

    News | Sustainable Development 31-08-2007

    The naysayers have it wrong: Europe can easily achieve a 20% share for renewables in its energy mix, nuclear can be phased out and second-generation biofuels technologies will arrive in time to meet bioenergy targets sustainably, according to Oliver Schäfer, of the European Renewable Energy Council.  

  • EU braces for next round of ‘difficult’ energy talks

    News | Energy 03-08-2007

    The second half of 2007 promises renewed tensions as legislators prepare to hammer out the EU's future energy policy. Controversial Commission proposals on energy market liberalisation are due in September, with renewables and CO2 burden-sharing proposals scheduled for the end of the year.

  • EU tries to assuage consumer fears about energy prices

    News | Energy 06-07-2007

    A Commission initiative to launch an Energy Consumers' Charter has run into criticism from consumer groups who argue that its non-binding character will not be enough to stop borderline commercial practices.

  • Experts disagree on EU energy market liberalisation

    News | Energy 27-06-2007

    On 26 June, panellists from a range of sectors debated the role of regulation, fiscal incentives, consumers and other issues related to the transformation of the EU's energy market in light of climate-change and energy-security concerns.

  • Energy security in Europe

    Opinion | Energy 07-06-2007

    Calls for a European energy policy that simultaneously guarantees security of supply, environmental performance and competitive prices present an "unsolvable equation" and risk leading to ineffective responses, warns Jan Horst Keppler, in an April 2007 paper for the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).

  • Polish ambassador on EU Treaty, energy and Russia

    Interview | Future EU 04-04-2007

    Poland’s newly appointed Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Jan Tombi?ski, explains his country’s position on EU institutional reforms, the Russian ban on Polish meat, the Baltic pipeline and the EU's future prospects, 50 years after the Treaty of Rome was signed.

  • Interview: Poland seeking EU Treaty changes

    News | Future EU 04-04-2007

    The double majority voting system in the Council of Ministers and the division of competences between the EU and its member states are two major issues of concern for Poland ahead of a June summit on institutional reform, EU Ambassador Jan Tombi?ski has told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • E.ON drops Endesa bid amid protectionism concerns

    News | Competition 03-04-2007

    The German energy giant dropped its €42.4 billion offer for Endesa, ending an 18-month battle that saw E.ON’s bid for the Spanish utility thwarted by repeated government intervention.